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A Chocolate Lover’s Guide to Birmingham

28 December 2017 | Jasmine Lee Kennedy

Ah, Birmingham, as birth-place of our beloved Cadbury and home to the annual Chocival festival, the place sure does have a reputation for the sweet stuff. If you’re in the area, it would be sinful not to enjoy some of their delicious heritage, right? Here’s a guide to just some of the best chocolate-dipped activities that the city has to offer.

A visit to Cadbury World


Image credit: Christopher James/ via Flickr
 
For a fascinating yet indulgent day out, head to Cadbury World for a magical self-guided exhibition with, yes, lots of free chocolate. You will learn all about the origins of the cocoa bean as you wonder through the trees and waterfalls of the Aztec Jungle before hitching a ride in a beanmobile through a chocolate wonderland. After that, you’ll get to visit the 4D Chocolate Adventure zone which includes an exciting 4D cinema experience, and you can even dance in chocolate rain and grow your own cocoa tree in their interactive digital world.
 
Tickets online are £16.75 for adults and £12.30 for children and must be pre-booked to guarantee entry. Cadbury World is located on Linden Rd, Bournville, B30 1JR.
 
Enjoy a chocolate cocktail


Spanish Mudslide. Image credit: Ana Rocha/ via Instagram
 
We think the combination of chocolate and booze is perhaps one of the greatest ideas ever, and apparently so do the people of Birmingham because they have more chocolate cocktails than you can shake a stick at. Head to Ana Rocha for a luxurious Spanish Mudslide, a combination of vodka, coffee liqueur, Crema Catalana (Spanish liquer and infused sugar), and chocolate sauce for £7.50. Or, if you’re feeling extra naughty, you can venture to Bar Opus for a chocolatey concoction of salted caramel vodka, sugar syrup, chocolate bitters, chocolate milk and cream called The Milky Way for a tasty £6.50.
 
Ana Rocha is located at 48 Frederick St, B1 3HN. Bar Opus is located at Snow Hill Queensway, B4 6GH.
 
Warm up with a hot chocolate


Nutella Hot Chocolate. Image credit: Ana Pucca/ via Facebook
 
Voted as one of the UK’s top 50 coffee shops, the Six Eight Kafe are hot drink connoisseurs earning legendary status, and their tasty talents aren’t just limited to coffee – their hot chocolates are truly scrumptious as well. Another excellent spot is Coffee Time who offer a beckoning Nutella hot chocolate covered in whipped cream, chocolate sauce and multi-coloured sprinkles.
 
Six Eight Kafe is located at 6/8 Temple Row, m B2 5HG. Coffee Time is located at Central Square Kiosk, Priory Square, B4 7LG.
 
Make your own truffles


Image credit: The Chocolate Quarter/ via Facebook
 
Get your hands dirty and learn how to make little balls of heaven with a private truffle masterclass at The Chocolate Quarter! Lead by their expert chocolatiers, you’ll be dipping, rolling and piping ganache, as well as tempering chocolate by hand and adding your own personal touch with flavours and decorations. Throughout the class you’ll get to sip on prosecco and be treated to a delicious chocolate fondu at the end. You’ll feel completely spoilt!
 
This experience is for groups of 2-4 at £50 each. The Chocolate Quarter is located at 1A Spencer St, B18 6DD.
 
And finally, eat chocolate!



Image credit: Chouchoute/ via Facebook
 
Now, you can pop to the corner shop and grab yourself a classic bar for a quid. Or, if you’re feeling particularly lavish, you could head to Chouchoute (French for “to indulge” – ooh la la!) for some handmade luxury treats. They have chocolates for all occasions (even if that’s just pigging out at home) and you can choose one of their pre-boxed assortments or pick out your own selection in-store.
 
Chouchoute is located at 40 Great Western Arcade, City Centre, B2 5HU.
 
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