One of the first items of confectionary ever invented, chocolate has been enjoyed by people all over the world for centuries. Originating as a drink in ancient Mesoamerica, the cocoa-bean-based substance was combined with milk and sugar in 16th century spain to create the sweet, milky delight we enjoy to this day.
Those with a sweet tooth will be delighted to learn that this Saturday (September 13th) is ‘International Chocolate Day’. Chocolatiers, sweet shop owners and lovers of the creamy confectionary can celebrate their passion with chocolate festivals springing up across towns and cities all over the country.
If you don’t fancy venturing out to a sweet shop, why not try your hand at creating your own chocolate based treat? Maybe try your hand at a traditional Irish Chocolate Cake prepared with mashed potatoes and liquer? Why not add a nutty flavour to the mix by whipping up some choc-peanut fondants? There are plenty of options for everyone to enjoy chocolate this saturday; vegans who don’t indugle in dairy-based food products can try out dark chocolate, soy milk chocolate and rice milk chocolate. As we enter into autumn it may also be wise to break out the hot chocolate.
Lensmen has had a history of documenting Ireland’s most prominent chocolate manufacturers including the Lord Mayor of Birmingham’s visit to the Frys-Cadbury factory in 1963 to an Easter egg and the Monsignor’s visit to Urney’s chocolate factory in 1962.
|Lord Mayor of Birmingham visits Frys chocolate factory|
|Monsignors visit Urney's chocolate factory|