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April 24, 2012 / demarquettechoc

We’ve Gone NUTS for the Jubilee!

In order to give Saint George a proper celebration and to start our Diamond Jubilee celebrations, we hosted an event evening to show off a truly British pair. We partnered with Hurstwood Farm in Kent to prove to chocolate-lovers everywhere that you can make delicious chocolates using ingredients found in our own backyard (…or the southern coast).

We warmed up the night with a Chocolate Slammer – a hot chocolate cocktail made with nut-infused vodka and Bailey’s Irish Cream. Then, we returned to our British roots by welcoming Hurstwood Farm, whose cobnuts have helped to create our winner of three stars at the Great Taste Awards, the Kentish Cobnut Chocolate Pralines. Catherine Robinson and her team were kind enough to make the trip up from Kent to explain to us the fabulous role that the cobnut has played in English history. They also took the opportunity to share their oil that’s pressed from the nuts – who would have thought such an indulgent product could come from such a delicate nut? Following their award as the Supreme Champions of the Great Taste Awards in 2010, it was our only choice for our own award-winning chocolates.

Marc also prepared a tasting of the different stages used when creating the praline filling for the chocolates. Rather than buying pre-made praline paste like so many others, he makes it entirely on his own by creating a paste from the cobnuts and blending it with a careful mixture of chocolate and sugar to form the perfect match-up of chocolate nuttiness. He also premiered his Chocolate Cobnut Nougat made with both the Kentish nut itself as well as the award winning Cobnut Oil which will be available for purchase from next week at Fortnum and Mason.

We were eager to share the new Diamond Jubilee Collection that is available for purchase in the shop on Fulham Road and on our website. We can’t think of a better way to honour the Jubilee than with chocolates fit for the Queen – can you?

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