There are many celebrations of ‘things’ these days. Barely a week goes by when we haven’t had ‘National walk like an Egyptian day’ or ‘International abstain from golf month’. And this week is no exception, for between the 13th and 19th of October, we shall be celebrating National Chocolate Week.
Of course, in the annals of things worth taking some time out to appreciate, chocolate is more worthy than many what with its deliciousness and ability to reinvigorate a downhearted spirit. Indeed, chocolate has anti-depressant properties as well as helping the body see off cardiovascular complaints, cancer and other chronic diseases (as part of a balanced diet, of course).
We have form in the UK when it comes to chocolate. According to the National Chocolate Week website; “London was the birthplace of solid chocolate, invented in 1674. To the English, we also owe the first clubs for chocolate enthusiasts and especially, the development of the first chocolate bar in 1847.
The British are the sixth highest consumers of chocolate in the world with an average of 7.6 kg consumed per person per year. They especially appreciate very sweet milk chocolate (they go through 70% of the bars sold in Europe).”
A quick straw poll around the office identifies a number of preferences when it comes to this most indulgent of delicacies. One Junior Designer started off her morning with a chocolate bar for breakfast, whilst the MarComms team was overheard discussing the joys of a Terry’s Chocolate Orange – especially the ones impregnated with popping candy.
There was some debate over whether dark, milk or white chocolate was the best. Whilst the purists were fighting the corner for high-cocoa dark chocolate, the general feeling was that milk chocolate (a 50/50 split between Galaxy and Dairy Milk) strikes the best balance. Rich Belgian chocolate was cited by some as being a little too sickly, and American chocolate was universally panned as being overly sweet and, in the case of perhaps the most popular stateside variety, ‘off tasting’.
We will, of course, be celebrating National Chocolate Week here at GForces. Broadly speaking, this will be done by consuming quite a few chocolate bars, regardless of the fact that many of us are desperately trying to shed a few pounds prior to the inevitable Christmas glut – which will, even more inevitably, involve lots of chocolate.
For those of us who are really keen on the whole thing, there’s always The Chocolate Show which takes place in London’s Olympia this weekend. No prizes for guessing what will be on display there.