Chocolate lovers invited to Harborough restaurant for national Chocolate Week




Chocolate lovers invited to Harborough restaurant for national Chocolate Week

Specially created dessert

A restaurant in Market Harborough is celebrating national Chocolate Week, which takes place in October, by creating a special one-off trio of desserts for chocolate lovers. The dessert will available at The Waterfront restaurant (www.thewaterfrontrestaurant.co.uk) in Union Wharf for that week only.

Head chef Lee Keenan designed the platter of mini desserts which will be added to the restaurant’s usual dessert menu from Tuesday 15th to Sunday 20th October. The ‘trio of chocolate’ consists of a white chocolate and vanilla crème brûlée, a milk chocolate tear drop and a dark chocolate and Cointreau quenelle.

“Our chocolate based desserts are always very popular with customers,” says Waterfront owner Stephanie Hamblin. “Chocoholics will love this triple chocolate experience created by our innovative head chef. We like to vary our menu to suit the seasons and couldn’t resist the excuse of national Chocolate Week to come up with something really special,” she adds.

The Waterfront restaurant has partnered with Fairtrade suppliers Divine Chocolate for the special event. “We are delighted to be working with Divine to help promote the Fairtrade ethos of their chocolate in such a delicious way,” adds Stephanie.

Divine Chocolate is 45% owned by cocoa farmers in Ghana. Company ownership gives farmers a share of Divine’s profits, ensuring that they receive a better deal and have more influence within the cocoa industry.

National Chocolate Week celebrates the work of top chocolatiers and chocolate companies, as well as promoting issues around sustainability and Fairtrade.  As Europe’s leading chocolate consumers, Britons ate over 11.2kg of chocolate each last year according to Datamonitor – the equivalent of 266 Mars Bars.

 

Ten facts you might not know about chocolate:

  1. Twice the number of women eat chocolate and experience chocolate cravings compared to men.
  2. You would have to eat more than 12 chocolate bars to get the same amount of caffeine as is contained in one cup of coffee.
  3. Chocolate is a valuable source of energy.
  4. An ounce of baking chocolate or cocoa contains 10% of your daily recommended intake of iron.
  5. It takes 400 cocoa beans to make a pound of chocolate.
  6. The melting point of cocoa butter is just below your body temperature which is why it melts in your mouth.
  7. Some people consider white chocolate not to be chocolate because it lacks cocoa solids.
  8. The theobromine in chocolate increases your heart beat and dilates your blood vessels, reducing blood pressure.
  9. The Aztecs first considered chocolate as an aphrodisiac.
  10. According to one study, chocolate may boost your cognitive abilities.

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