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National Chocolate Week gets under way
Andrew Thwaite, head chocolatier at York’s Chocolate Story, recreates a sweet of the past, the Pyramint, exclusively for National Chocolate Week
RETRO sweets are being brought back to life in York as part of the celebrations being staged to mark National Chocolate Week.
Among the variety of events happening in the city, dubbed “Britain’s Home Of Chocolate”, an exhibition will be held at the Mansion House and chocolate tasting sessions will be held.
Gillian Cruddas, chief executive of Visit York, said: “There’s a real chocolate revival going on in the city, with new independent chocolatiers, such as the York Cocoa House, our new chocolate visitor attraction and a brand new chocolate walking trail.
“We’re delighted to have so much to offer our visitors during National Chocolate Week.”
At York’s Chocolate Story, in King’s Square, visitors are invited to take a trip down memory lane as chocolatiers recreate some of the nation’s favourite flavours from yesteryear.
Long-lost retro sweets such as 1980s favourite Texan Bar, the mint fondant-centred Pyramint with its distinct pyramid shape, chewy Toffos and Quality Street’s coffee cream have all provided inspiration for a unique tasting event.
People can also attend a “Choctail Masterclass” at the venue on Friday.
As reported in The Press last week, York Mansion House is holding an exhibition of images of the “Aero Girls” – the women featured in a recently unveiled collection of 1950s portraits – as part of a bid to discover whether they were fictitious characters or real women.
Meanwhile, the hugely popular theatre production Blood & Chocolate continues to be staged in York’s streets until Sunday.
The production tells the inspiring stories of workers and owners of York’s chocolate factories during the First World War alongside those of the young men involved in the conflict.
National Chocolate Week runs from today until Sunday.
For more information visit http://www.visityork.org/chocolate/
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