Divine Chocolate, the farmer-owned chocolate company, has taken four classic dessert recipes and given them a glamorous makeover for this year's Chocolate Week (12th-18th October) celebrations. Partnering up with four celebrity chefs, this year's collection of recipes includes Sachertorte, Black Forest pudding, Chocolate Mousse and a classic Chocolate Roulade.
Patron of the Fairtrade Foundation and founder of the UK's first healthy fast food restaurant Leon, Allegra McEvedy's Unashamedly 70's Chocolate Roulade has a soft flourless sponge and wrapped around a delicious brandy cream filling.
Tony Rodd, a finalist in this years' MasterChef, forged a name for himself with his desserts and chocolate work. Dubbed “the master chocolatier” by Gregg Wallace he has revamped the classic Black Forest Gateau to create this modern dessert. A chocolate cup filled with layers of chocolate sponge, cherry mousse and compote served with chocolate soil and a sweet and sharp cherry sorbet.
Chef, author and Divine Chocolate fan Sam Stern has glammed up his Chocolate Mousse with a twist of orange and a sprinkle of sea salt making these little pots mouthfuls of chocolatey heaven.
Queen of chocolate and Divine cookbook author Linda Collister has shared her recipe for Sachertorte, the classic Viennese cake created in the 1800's. This dense chocolate sponge is topped with a layer of apricot jam, then covered in a shiny and rich dark chocolate icing.
As a supporter of Chocolate Week since it was created 12 years ago, Divine is planning a host of chocolate experiences and events, taking place in shops, tearooms, cafes, restaurants and hotels across the country as well as exhibiting at this year's Chocolate Show in London.
Keep up to date with all Divine's Chocolate Week activities visitwww.divinechocolate.com/uk/good-stuff for regular updates
If you would like to use any of this year's new recipes please contact Lisa Storey on 0207 378 6550 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, images and recipes details.
For more information about Allegra McEvedy visit www.allegramcevedy.com
For more information about Sam Stern visit www.samstern.co.uk
For more information about Tony Rodd follow him on twitter @tonyrodduk
For more information about Linda Collister's books visit www.amazon.com/Linda-Collister/e/B001H6GV9K
- Divine Chocolate Ltd is the only Fairtrade chocolate company that is also co-owned by cocoa farmers. Kuapa Kokoo, a co-operative of 80,000 cocoa farmers in Ghana, benefit not only from the Fairtrade premium on the sale of their beans, but also receive a 44% share of Divine's distributable profits giving the farmers more economic stability, as well as the increased influence in the cocoa industry company-ownership brings
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- AllDivine products carry the Fairtrade Mark. This is an independent guarantee certified by the Fairtrade Foundation that the ingredients are sourced under internationally agreed fair trade terms and conditions. These include a guaranteed, secure minimum price, an extra socialpremium payment for the farmers to invest in their own community programmes, long term trading contracts, decent health and safety conditions – all aimed at empowering farmers to make their own improvements to living standards and prospects for the future
- The UK chocolate market alone is worth approximately £3.98 billion a year (Mintel, 2012): if Fairtrade products can capture even a small proportion of that market, producers in developing countries gain real benefits.
- Divine Chocolate has won a number of prestigious awards, most recently Divine won The Guardian Sustainable Business Award for Social Impact Innovation, Social enterprise of the year 2014 and Divine's 38% Milk Chocolate with Toffee & Sea Salt was voted the “UK's Favourite Fairtrade Product” in a public poll by the Fairtrade Foundation. Others include Good Housekeeping's Favourite Fairtrade Product 2008; Best FoodBrand in the SHE magazine Ethical Awards 2007; and Best Buy in Ethical Consumer magazine 2009. Divine Chocolate Ltd was awarded Best Social Enterprise 2007 at the Enterprising Solutions awards run by the Office of the Third Sector and The Observer Best EthicalBusiness 2008. Divines Dark Chocolate After Dinner Ginger Thins was awarded one star by the Guild of Fine Food at the Great Taste Awards 2013. Divine has been voted a CoolBrand 2013-14