Having recently completed my fifth book, Deliciously Chocolatey, you’d be forgiven for thinking I’d have had my fill of chocolate. But I’m not convinced I ever could and I’m certainly not alone. Stats published last year show the average Briton consumes 7.5 kilos of chocolate a year. We are only beaten by Germany (7.9 kilos per capita) and Switzerland, who eat a staggering 9 kilos of chocolate per head per annum. And who can blame them? From the tingle of anticipation, to the glorious reward as it melts slowly on your tongue, chocolate is a unique and matchless luxury.
The Latin for cacao, 'Theobroma', doesn’t mean 'food of the gods' for nothing. Indulgent and seductive, chocolate is the epitome of celebration, cheering even the darkest of days. It even has the added bonus of containing multiple health benefits. Generous levels of magnesium, potassium, phosphorous, copper, iron and calcium can all be found in chocolate and recent research indicates that cocoa products can actually help to lower blood pressure and alleviate stress – two of the leading causes of heart disease and stroke.
If that’s not enough of an excuse to satiate your cocoa fix, then Godiva’s latest competition certainly has to be. They have launched a new and delicious range of meringue mousse chocolates and are generously donating 10% of all future British sales to Breast Cancer Now. In honour of this, the Belgian giants of luxury chocolate have set a challenge to coincide with Chocolate Week. They are conducting a nationwide hunt to discover the UK’s best chocolate dessert, but they don’t want just any old chocolate dessert. They are looking for a chocolate dessert with meringue and a touch of pink.
I have rolled up my sleeves, tied up my apron strings and thrown my entry into the ring with my double chocolate raspberry tart. Chocolate pastry filled with a generous layer of white chocolate and raspberry mousse topped with a dark chocolate glaze studded with freeze-dried raspberry pieces and pearls of meringue.
What chocolate dessert will you make for your competition entry?