Milk, white, dark, orange, mint, hazelnut, chilli and salt – we could go on. Chocolate has come a long way since its Mayan beginnings. There’s an abundance of flavours, a multitude of brands and it’s available pretty much any way you like it, including raw. It’s fair to say we’re a world that can’t get enough of the sweet stuff. There’s even festivals to celebrate all things cocoa.
As part of London’s Chocolate Festival, Unreal City Audio and Cocoa Hernando have produced a theatrical tour of Georgian London’s chocolate houses. The tour will feature Aztec slaves, dukes, Spanish conquistadors and, of course, chocolate. Led by Dr Matthew Green, the tour offers a glimpse into the world of gambling and depravity at establishments such as ‘White’s Chocolate House’. Participants will also get to sample authentic hot chocolate from the era, including ‘Monsieur St Disdier’s Baroque Chocolate’ (1692), which promises to be a cut above your standard cup of Bournville.
The tours will take place on December 14/15 (11.30am and 2pm), starting at St James’s Church, Piccadilly. Tickets are £15 and can be purchased from unrealcityaudio.co.uk