The original and simply the Chocolate tour in London - Choctastic!
Chocolate the best-known food that nobody knows anything about.
When most of us hear the word chocolate ... we think of the bar. that comes to mind is probably "eat," not "drink," is the key word.
But for about 90 percent of chocolate's long history, it was strictly a beverage, and sugar didn't have anything to do with it.
People wholoved choculate began to migrate from some of the mass produced rubbish ...and see out quality.
Tours began to spring up around the world ... the first in London was by Certain Jennifer Earle ... or as I termed her ... Simply ... Choctastic.
A chocolate tour is the perfect experience for any chocoholic... but also people who love history ...architecture ... an amazing afternoon fun experience. You do not need to be Willie Wonker to join.
The Chocolate Ecstasy Tours take you to the best locations in London to taste incredible chocolates. We'll also share secrets, facts and tips and get you VIP discounts on chocolate. Guided tours range from 2.5 hours to an all-day chocolate extravaganza.
Each tour starts with a hot chocolate and then you taste more chocolate at each shop we go into so by the end we hope you have had enough chocolate to get you through the day! As we walk between location you see some of London’s great history.
It is a bit like a sugar high version of a wine tour ...done around the best shops for choculate in the country.
Now if you google choculate tours in london ... the first page comes up with over 10 competiting tours ... a quick cheap buck for some providers ... a way of making money from London visitors ... but whilst the tours may superficailly look the same ... THEY ARE NOT. Some are just complete rubbish.
The Chocolate Ecstasy Tours is the origal and simply the best due to the amazing love and passion for choculate by it’s owner. You learn more with her in one hour than aweek of reading books on the choculate. She is infectious ...and just look at other reviews ...she is simply amazing. Do it ... you will LOVE IT.
… for the choculate nerds for you … a little potted hsitory.
2000 BC, Amazon: Cocoa, from which chocolate is created, is said to have originated in the Amazon at least 4,000 years ago. Cultivation, use, and cultural elaboration of cocoa were early and extensive in Mesoamerica.
1528, Chocolate arrives in Spain: Cortés presents the Spanish King, Charles V with cocoa beans from the New World and the necessary tools for its preparation. Cortés later inspires a major breakthrough: He postulates that if this bitter beverage were to be blended with sugar, it could become quite a delicacy1657, The first chocolate house opens in London … coffee 674, An avant-garde London coffee house uses chocolate in cakes and rolls for the first time.
1689, Noted physician and collector Hans Sloane develops a milk chocolate drink in Jamaica which is initially used by apothecaries, but later sold to the Cadbury brothers. London chocolate houses become trendy meeting places where elite London society savour their new luxury., we picture a bar, a box of bonbons, or a bunny. The verb
1585, The first shipment of beans intended for the market make it to Spain.
1643, The French court embraces chocolate: When the Spanish Princess Maria Theresa is betrothed to Louis XIV of France, she gives her fiancee an engagement gift of chocolate, packaged in an ornate chest.
1650, The chocolate craze which now includes candy takes hold in Paris and then conquers the rest of France. Chocolate’s reputation as an aphrodisiac flourishes in the French court. Art and literature is thick with erotic imagery inspired by chocolate.
1828, Amsterdam: Casparus van Houten invents the cocoa press and produces the first cocoa powder. The powder leads to reduced prices and makes chocolate beverages both easier to make and more pleasant to drink. By mixing the cocoa powder with sugar and then remixing it with cocoa butter, he creates solids closely resembling modern chocolate.
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