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Cocoa Confidential

Category: Food by Sodexo Prestige on February 9, 2012 7 Comments

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Chocolate’s reputation as an aphrodisiac was first recorded in the Aztec and Mayan cultures over 1,500 years ago. More recently, chocolate’s complex qualities have been unlocked to discover its high content of the natural mood lifters Phenylethylamine and Serotonin. This might go a little of the way to explain why it holds such a dear place in food lovers’ hearts; that of course and its exquisite taste.

Word on the street is that 2012 will be a big year for chocolate, featuring in both sweet and savoury dishes from soup and game, to cheese and dessert. Although mixing savoury and sweet flavours is nothing new to the culinary world, mixing chocolate and savoury dishes is still a hugely skilled process and one that has become increasingly popular with Sodexo Prestige chefs who are known for exploring the boundaries of their profession.

It is imperative to understand that there is chocolate and then there is chocolate.  Sodexo Prestige source their chocolate from niche chocolatier, The Highland Chocolatier, an award-winning specialist in gourmet truffles and spiced pralines who have seen a steady growth in the consumption of chocolate, and more particularly gourmet chocolate. The cocoa used by The Highland Chocolatier is taken from the island of São Tomé in the South Atlantic, which utilises the rich volcanic soil to swell the intensity of the cocoa. The only problem with high quality chocolate is that once you have experienced it, it is very difficult to ‘go back’, which is no more true than having tasted The Highland Chocolatier’s Cocoa Dusted Velvet Truffle!

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7 Responses to “Cocoa Confidential”

 
  1. As we are a caterer,and admire what you do and the levels and standards that a company like yours has,we also have a coffee shop.There are so many different types of drinks that you can mix with coffee syrups that nobody has latched on to them.There are recipe books on this from the net,it’s worth having a look.Not that I’m being picky , Companies the size of yours have got there by being one step ahead and been able to listen to what’s out there.
    Kind Regards
    David Head
    Catering Manchester

  2. We’re all for listening to good advice David. We’re a big fan of http://www.malmesburysyrups.co.uk and appreciate what you’re saying about being able to mix syrups with several different types of drink (or indeed food). They’ve got an excellent recipe section on their website that you might enjoy checking out

  3. Colum says:

    The coffee syrups look amazing at malmesbury!
    Also looking forward to trying the amaretto pudding and the vanilla marinade
    which should end my addiction with pomegranate molasses as a base for dressings!
    Cheers for the hook up!

    Regarding the types of drinks that David mentioned I took his word for it and had a look online.
    I came across this new type of drink, Espresso Martini Cocktail, which comes in a pack from Pernod Ricard UK.
    Originated in Soho, London and is currently enjoying a fashionable status in cocktail bars across the UK.
    The pack is aimed at the UK’s nation of coffee lovers as an on trend drinks solution for on and off trade customers.

    Could be a very interesting drink to take to a dinner party!

  4. Paul Eagles says:

    I’m also excited about the trend for premium chocolate through my business as I supply an authentic hot chocolate sourced from single origins (Ivory Coast, Venezuela, Ecuador, Madagascar) in varying degrees of cocoa content. Sao Tome is good as well because very fruity from the volcanic soil and the bananas which grow in close proximity. http://www.kokoacollection.co.uk/

    Colum, they will have Espresso martini cocktail at the London Coffee Festival 27-29 April and also at @GiddyupFloripa in London near Old Street.

  5. Colum says:

    Paul – Thanks for the heads up on the Coffee Festival,
    shall look forward to a Espresso martini cocktail or two!

    Also had a look at your Koko site, looks great and the hot chocolate
    sounds amazing!
    I’ve never found a ‘real’ tasting hot chocolate before but it
    looks like this could be it..

    • Paul says:

      Hi Colum

      Did you manage to get to the festival for your espresso martini?!

      It was a fantastic weekend, really enjoyed exhibiting there.

      Paul

  6. Colum says:

    Paul I never made it in the end, typical!
    I think the Olympics has started early for us as already.
    The summer business seems to be getting squeezed in before the Olympics
    starts…

    I hope to make it over to Giddyup soon,
    when I can dig out my Old Street crew look…

 

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