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Sweet Temptation: Where to Celebrate National Chocolate Week

Sweet Temptation: Where to Celebrate National Chocolate Week

9 October 2017 | Nicola Freedman

Chocoholics rejoice! International Chocolate Day may have come and gone, but thankfully with a week long celebration there is now a legitimate reason to indulge in one of the country’s favourite sweet treats. So put down those mars bars and blocks of Dairy Milk, these are the places you’ll want to celebrate one of the best weeks of the year.

Choccywoccydoodah, Brighton
 

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With a name like Choccywoccydoodah, you can expect Willy Wonka-esque inventions and bespoke cakes, bars and handmade chocolates at Brighton’s must-visit chocolate shop. Located in the heart of Brighton Lanes, the shop features a Bar du Chocolate café, witches kitchen, and the famous Empire Room. For smaller, more intimate gatherings, book a spot at the decadent cake garden, which offers a solid hour of chocolate delights and an extremely lavish strawberry champagne icecream shake.   
 
Choccywoccydoodah can be found at 3 Meeting House Ln, Brighton BN1 1HB
 
 
Guilberts Chocolates, Bristol


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Established in 1910, Guilberts Chocolates have been hand-making delicious chocolates for over 100 years. Visit the store - located in what is believed to be the oldest Bristol building - for classic and modern boxed collections, or choose from a selection of their popular loose chocolate creams, truffles and fondants. No matter what treat you select, Bristol’s oldest serving chocolate makers will certainly not disappoint.
 
Guilberts Chocolates can be found at 16-17 Small St, Bristol BS1 1DE
 
 
Chococo, Dorset
 

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Nesteld in the heart of Swanage in Dorset, Chococo is a must stop for top-quality chocolate creations. Using only the best Fairtrade cocoa beans, and local ingredients for their fillings, Chococo’s extensive range of chocolates are simply exquisite. As well as discovering their award-winning chocolates, you can take a seat and enjoy a spectacular hot chocolate, fondue or extravagant ice-cream sundae (served with lashings of chocolate of course). For those eager to learn the art of chocolatemaking, Chococo also runs a variety of chocolate workshops, tastings and parties.
 
Chococo can be found at 21C-23A Commercial Rd, Swanage BH19 1DF
 
 
The Chocolate Boutique Hotel, Bournemouth
 

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Dream of dozing off surrounded by chocolate? Book a room at the Chocolate Boutique Hotel and you literally can. As the world’s first chocolate-themed hotel, every last detail has been tailored accordingly - all 13 rooms are decorated in shades from milk to dark chocolate and, best of all, feature a cascading chocolate fountain. The hotel also hosts chocolate tastings, workshops, truffle and chocolate cocktail making and even the chance to create chocolate portraits. Sweet dreams indeed.
 
The Chocolate Boutique Hotel can be found at 5 Durley Rd, Bournemouth BH2 5JL
 
 
Coco Chocolatier, Edinburgh
 

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Creativity and cocoa collide at Coco, Edinburgh’s premimun chocolatier. Specialising in single origin dark and milk chocolate, Coco infuses their chocolate with unique flavour combinations such as Gin & Tonic, Hazelnut & Isle of Skye sea salt, and Haggis Spice (well, they are Scottish). Colourful assortment boxes are also available, while their salted caramel drinking chocolate is the perfect sweet treat for the cooler months.
 
Coco Chocolatier can be found at 74 Bruntsfield Place Edinburgh EH10 4ER
 
 
The Chocolate Show, London
 

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End the week with a bang at the ultimate celebration of chocolate, where truffles, bars, brownies and cakes are just the tip of the iceberg. The perfect event for young and old, The Chocolate Show features celebrity chef demonstations, masterclasses, a pop-up chocolate restaurant, a chocolate bar with chocolate and drink pairings and plenty of tasting opportunities. Heaven. Pure chocolate heaven.
 
The Chocolate Show takes place from 13 October - 15 October at Olympia - Hammersmith Road London W14 8UX

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