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An excuse to indulge in chocolate for an entire week, why not? This is of course the raison d’être of National Chocolate week, which runs 10-16 October. We’ve rounded up our top 5 favourite things to do, which are all available from Buyagift.com.
Chocoholic Afternoon Tea for Two at The Hilton Park Lane, Now £49
This is a out-of-the-ordinary indulgent treat for two! Making a Great British Tradition even greater, the Podium Restaurant’s Executive Chef has created a sumptuous version of afternoon tea that ticks all the (chocolate) boxes for National Chocolate Week. In addition to superior teas, exclusively blended by Harney and Sons for Hilton Hotels, you will devour delicious sandwiches, chocolate chip scones with praline spread and melt-in-the-mouth pastries. Then comes the main event for any chocolate lover – a selection of beautifully-crafted and delicious chocolate fancies, served on an edible chocolate plate! The fun themes of this modern twist on afternoon tea have included tennis and Pop Art. The artistic creations have to be seen to be believed – and are almost too good to eat…but we think you will manage!
Hotel Chocolat’s Bean To Bar Chocolate Making Experience for Two, £130
This is the chocolate experience you’ve ‘bean’ waiting for. Discover the fascinating process of making chocolate straight from the bean, using Hotel Chocolat’s freshly roasted cocoa beans grown on their own Saint Lucia estate. The company’s rustic underground Cocoa Vault will play host to this unique masterclass in which an expert chocolatier demonstrate the art of tempering as you sip a glass of prosecco. Then it’s your turn to get your hands dirty and make your own chocolate creation. Alongside your mouth-watering masterpiece, you’ll take home a tasty goody bag of luxury chocolates during National Chocolate Week.
Champneys Indulgent Chocolate Spa Day for One, £119
Spoil someone you care for with this wonderful spa day at a Champneys Resort where they’ll luxuriate in style. Available at all Champneys locations – from the stunning Forest Mere to the grand Henlow – your lucky recipient will be treated to a 55 minute chocolate body wrap that not only smells delicious but will leave skin intensively moisturised. Use of spa facilities is included, so whether they want to work up a sweat in the gym or sit back and relax in the steam room, they’ll be able to do so in complete comfort. Finally, a sumptuous three-course lunch adds the icing on the cake to a wonderfully luxuriant day.
Triple Tipple Chocolate Workshop for Two, Was £160, Now £138
This fabulous offer allows you to take part in a brilliant workshop which will introduce you to decadent chocolate martinis, a range of organic chocolates from around the world and a variety of activities involving chocolate making and tasting! The experience will take place at the UK’s first chocolate making events company, so you will be taught by true professionals. It’s paradise for any chocolate fanatics and with sparkling wine on arrival it’s a truly luxurious way to spend the evening. You’ll even get the chance to pair different wines with different desserts for a boozy and opulent treat – a skill that’s sure to come in handy in the future!
Chocolate Flavoured Rainforest Private Tour for Two at The Eden Project, £140
This novel tour for two gives you the chance to discover the original hot chocolate, as you journey from the Tropical Islands to the Amazon through the Eden Project’s biome rainforest. You’ll scour the jungle, learning about its fascinating history, before indulging in an Aztec style hot chocolate with spices. After your memorable private tour, you and your guest can enjoy day admission to the Eden Project; all the components of a perfect day out!