For those of us who don’t have the luxury of owning our own chocolate fountain - Channel 5's THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF CHOCOLATE lets us delve into the stories behind some of the UK’s most beloved chocolate brands.
There’s nothing more mouth-watering than the sight of a swirling vat of rich, creamy, oozing melted chocolate — well, except for actually eating it.
The first episode in this brand-new series takes us behind the scenes at the Cadbury factory in Bournville, following the delicious scent along the production line of everyone’s go-to ‘thank you' present: Cadbury Roses. This delightful assortment was in fact a chocolate-shaped riposte to the appearance on the confectionary scene of Mackintosh’s Quality Street, with the two selections competing to win the hearts of chocolate lovers across the nation. Offering no judgement on which of the two chocolate giants prevails, it seems that a taste test is in order…
In a throwback to the 1970s, we meet the star of one of the most iconic chocolate ads of all time, John Cornelius, a.k.a. The Milky Bar kid. Having swapped chocolate for carpentry, John recalls some of his most memorable moments on set, looking back on old photographs and memorabilia from his time as the world of chocolate’s most famous cowboy. He even has the checked shirt and glasses to prove it!
While we all know that money can’t buy us happiness, unfortunately it seems that for most of us, it can’t always buy us chocolate either. Not, at least, in the case of To’ak – the world’s most expensive bar of chocolate. At a hefty £400 a bar, To’ak is the height of chocolate decadence, presented in a hand-crafted Spanish elm box complete with booklet and tasting utensils and only available to buy in the UK at two select locations.
Sadly, most of us will never get to sample such chocolate luxury — but at least we’ll always have our corner shop favourites to provide us with some chocolatey comfort…
We’re also given a glimpse into the weird and wonderful creations of some of the country’s most ground-breaking chocolatiers. Aneesh Popat, dubbed the Heston Blumenthal of chocolate, puts his unique twist on some of our favourite flavours in the form of beans-on-toast truffles and a ‘three-course Indian meal’-flavour chocolate bar.
Annabel de Vetten crafts an intricate angel of death sculpture from luxury white chocolate for an undertaker’s birthday celebrations. Chocolate doesn’t get much more revolutionary than this!
From the familiar to the expensive and the macabre to the downright ingenious, ‘The Wonderful World of Chocolate’ is a veritable chocolate box of delights. A true feast for the eyes, with plenty of chocolatey treats combined with tasty tidbits of confectionary history.
This is one not to be missed for anyone who’s ever experienced the incomparable pleasure of that first bite of a well-deserved chocolate bar.
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