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Take the train… to London for The Chocolate Festival

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Start your Christmas shopping early or simply treat yourself to a day of sweet smells and delicious delicacies at The Chocolate Festival in London. Now in its 9th year, this is a three day celebration of all things chocolatey that’s perfect for chocolate lovers of all ages. Before you go, book cheap train tickets online and set off for a tasty trip.

Dig into more details about The Chocolate Festival and discover some recipes to try at home…

The Chocolate Festival Unwrapped

The Chocolate Festival returns to Southbank this winter, treating chocolate fans to a sumptuous selection of sweet and savoury dishes. Stop by to taste everything from boutique cupcakes or chocolate-infused risotto balls to chocolate cocktails or chilli with chocolate from Friday 7 to Sunday 9 December.

With over 40 different exhibitors, you can be sure you’ll find just the thing to tickle your taste buds. But the festival isn’t all about sampling, there are also plenty of demonstrations, tutored tastings and talks to teach you everything you wanted to know about the sweet stuff.

Guiding you to chocolate heaven

The festival also has its own Chocolate Cookery Theatre, where you’ll see master chefs and chocolatiers demonstrating some of their top recipes. There are a variety of different scheduled events all designed to open your eyes to the varied and brilliant possibilities offered by quality chocolate.

Learn more about the many health benefits of raw chocolate, become a chocolate connoisseur in an afternoon or get the inside scoop from some of Britain’s best artisan chocolate producers, including William Curley, Bill McCarrick, Damian Allsop, Paul Wayne Gregory, Marc Demarquette and Paul A. Young.

Packed full of free samples, fascinating talks and brilliant gifts, it’s a great way to get in the Christmas spirit. What’s more, admission is free, so book your train to London and start uncovering the secrets of some of the country’s best chocolates this winter.

Chocolate recipes to indulge in at home

Don’t think you’ll make it to London for the Chocolate Festival this year or simply can’t wait until the weekend? Give these simple yet effective recipes a try and create your own chocolate paradise at home.

Paul Wayne Gregory’s Sea Salt Courvoisier Truffles: Not only are these the perfect end note to any meal or coffee date, but if you lay them in tissue paper and put them in a pretty box, they’ll make an excellent homemade Christmas gift too – as long as you can resist their temptation long enough to wrap them.

Abby Moule’s Wheat and Gluten free Chocolate Orange Cupcakes: These delicious cakes are wonderful for wheat or gluten intolerant chocolate lovers. They deliver a great chocolate hit and cake texture, without gluten.

Sweet Freedom’s Chocolate Yule Log: For a sweet and tasty (and sugar free!) Christmas pudding, get our your baking tin and have a go at this lovely Yule log. It’s a guilt-free and gorgeous way to indulge that’s so good, you’ll want to keep making it all year round.

Galia Orme’s Mulled Hot Chocolate: What better way to stay warm on a cold winter night than with a mug of thick, silky, mulled hot chocolate? You may find you never want to drink anything thing else ever again.

Are you the world’s biggest chocolate lover? Do you have a favourite chocolate recipe for keeping cosy during the winter months? Leave us a comment and let us know…

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