Celebrating World Chocolate Day: A Chocoholics Guide to Cape Town

Indulgently dark, plain and smooth, studded with nuts, oozing from a fondant, steaming from a mug or drizzled on impossibly creamy gelato. We love chocolate in every which way and form, and wholly understand why the Aztecs (the first people to produce chocolate) thought it a food fit only for the gods. Luckily, us mere mortals are now in on the delicious action, celebrating World Chocolate Day on 7 July. But where to go when you want to feel like Charlie in the Chocolate Factory? We’re chock full of ideas.

Honest Chocolate

Chocolate. We’re all very skilled at making it disappear. But there’s also something extremely satisfying about creating it in the first place. And then making it disappear. Luckily, you can do both at Honest Chocolate – a small artisanal Bean to Bar chocolate company with two locations in Cape Town. Using old school methods, quality organically produced ingredients, and making a pure chocolate that has a deliciously distinct feel and taste, this is stop for the chocolate purist. Visit their Cafe in Wale street and indulge in their chocolatey creations that include the likes of dairy-free hot chocolate and milkshakes, tarts, cakes, and their trademarks banana bread ‘bunny chow’. Alternatively, book a spot at their Woodstock location and make your own kind of healthy bonbons in a workshop – an experience every lover of cacao shouldn’t pass up. Read more about that treat here. Wherever you go, don’t leave without a tub of their chocolate spread and slab or three of their largely guiltless choc.

See more: http://honestchocolate.co.za/

 

My Sugar

True Willy Wonka status belongs to My Sugar, where chocolates get more than a little zany both in shape and colour. This one of a kind spot in Sea Point is whimsical, delightful and run by passionate and hands-own owners that have a knack for knowing just what you’d best enjoy. The endless array of chocolates (in robots, buddhas, skulls and diamond shapes) are intriguing, the favourites being the Caramello-Buddha (a combination of miso-caramel with crushed peanuts in milk chocolate), the My Honey Thyme (a thyme and honey infused ganache in a creamy white chocolate), the Salty Sweet Pretzel Bark (a pretzel covered in sticky caramel topped with chocolate), and the Choc-Work Orange. But that’s just where things begin as My Sugar’s creations extend to outrageous filled doughnuts that are almost too good to be true.

Stuffed with creme brulee, nutella, or chocolate mousse and topped with peanut butter, chocolate or salted caramel, they’re diet-destroying in every which way. They also come in hot mini versions, so go with stretchy pants because you’ll need them. Feeling thirsty? Wash down the decadence with an OTT Belgium hot chocolate or milkshake.

See more: http://mysugar.co.za

 

Cocoa Fair

A bean to bar producer in the Woodstock Old Biscuit Mill, Cocoa Fair focuses on producing chocolate that’s not only organic and reasonably priced, it is also ethical and UTZ certified. The factory produces chocolate bars and truffles in a way that improves the lives of many, not just the business. What’s more, they make artisan chocolate accessible to all South Africans, using the shavings and ‘waste’ chocolate to produce organic chocolate bars sold in underprivileged areas. They also offer tasting tours of the factory, as well as chocolate-making courses for those seeking to hone their cacao craft. Make sure to try their hot chocolate on tap when visiting and don’t leave without a bag full of chocolate shards.

See more: http://www.cocoafair.com/

 

Chocolates by Tomes

Conveniently located in the V&A Waterfront mall, Chocolates by Tomes is great spot to head to fast when the craving hits hard. Brownies, truffles, hot chocolate powders, cookies and oversized slabs, they stock them all. They even cater to the sugar-free indulgers, with a speciality range that’s just as good as their sugary counterpart. Make sure you create a hamper or two for yourself and your loved ones, and don’t leave without bagging a Salted Caramel and Pecan-filled dessert cup. Using only ingredients sourced from Africa, Chocolates by Tomes are renowned for their rich cocoa flavour and silky smooth texture – not that we don’t need any more convincing.

See more: https://chocolatesbytomes.co.za

 

Lindt Chocolate Studio

Dream of running away and becoming a Swiss Chocolatier? Simply head to the Lindt Chocolate Studio in the new Silos district at the V&A Waterfront and make that fantasy a reality (chef hat and all). Hand pick colourful praline balls from cascading glass cases, peruse the ice-cream, bonbons or slabs, and wander on over to the chocolatier to see what glorious creations they’ve whipped up that day. But if you’re keen to don your puffy hat and get your hands dirty (or at the very least, covered in chocolate), sign up for a cupcake, truffle, macaron or decadent cake-making class, presented in the gleaming kitchen adjacent to the shop. Expect interesting facts, handy tips and lots of fun – the classes suited to beginners and masters alike. Read more about our chocolate appreciation experience here. Afterwards stock up on your favourite slabs (in bulk), or buy the pure cocoa you need to keep creating the magic at home.

See more: https://www.chocolatestudio.co.za

 

8 Chocolate Facts to Chew On

1. The scientific name for the tree that chocolate comes from, Theobroma cacao, means “food of the gods.”
2. It takes a almost a full year for a cocoa tree to produce enough pods to make 10 standard-sized Hershey bars.
3. Chocolate has over 600 flavor compounds, while red wine has just 200.
4. Chocolate was consumed as a liquid, not a solid, for 90% of its history.
5. During the Revolutionary War, soldiers were sometimes paid in chocolate.
6. The first chocolate bar was invented in 1847 by Joseph Fry.
7. The largest chocolate bar ever weighed just over 5800 kilograms!
8. The most valuable chocolate bar in the world is a 100-year-old Cadbury’s chocolate bar that was brought along on Captain Robert Scott’s first Discovery Expedition to the Antarctic. It sold for $687 at auction in 2001.

Blog post by: Tarah Darge

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