Life Is Short, Make It Sweet - Part One
Would you let a week go by without at least one little square of chocolate? We think not! Could you imagine a selection of cakes without a chocolate option in the mix? Oh most definitely not! A childhood wasn't a childhood if your parents never bought you a chocolate ice cream, wouldn't you agree? Join us Cake Lover on our journey into the deliciously decadent world of chocolate this week.
We're sure many of you have seen the movie 'Chocolat' – if not, you are in for a treat. Joanne Harris wrote this delightful romantic comedy-drama about a wandering chocolatier who settles down in a small French village and opens a chocolaterie – and how she and her chocolate creations influence the lives of the residents. Johnny Depp, everyone, and Juliette Binoche star in the movie.
So, cake people of South Africa, let's see how chocolate influences your life! To influence someone is "to affect or change someone or something in an indirect but usually important way." Well, the Château Gâteaux range of no less than seventeen different cakes and desserts which include chocolate flavours, has to be the most influential cake moment ever!
'Food of the gods' – chocolate 5 000 years ago was revered by the ancient Mayans and Olmecs. The chocolate they consumed wasn’t the same as the luxuriously sweet treats we know and love today – like our lusciously cocoa flavoured Rococo Chocolate Cake. In those days chocolate was a bitter, ceremonial drink made from the fruit of the cacao tree.
We don't know if they used just the beans or the pulp of the pod (but it doesn't really matter today, we are just delighted they discovered chocolate at all!). Dried and roasted cacao beans give us cocoa beans – paving the way to chocolate. It appears that chocolate was enjoyed with every meal in many Mayan households as a thick and frothy drink, often combined with chili peppers, honey or water. Not far off from the different flavour combinations of chocolate slabs on offer to us today!
Remember our story of the silk road? Well, peppercorns and nutmeg featured there as currency – now we have the Aztecs using cacao beans as currency to buy food and goods as they considered them more valuable than gold! The caffeinated kick of a hot or cold, spiced chocolate beverage served in ornate containers was an Aztec special for the upper-classes. We ourselves have spicey specials for any and everybody – just visit our online shop to make your choice.
Chocolate finally arrived in Spain through the new world trading ships, and by the late 1500s, it was a well-established luxury in the Spanish Court. Chocolate mania spread through European countries, and the demand grew to such massive levels that cacao plantations, worked by thousands of slaves, were established.
We know you Cake Lovers are crazy for two very fine and delicious layered chocolaty flavoured cakes in our collection– the Mozart and Chocolate Mozart – so you will be excited to learn that we have just launched our limited-edition Caramel Mozart! Make sweet music with this Mozart trio for your next CakeAway.
Join us next week, together with a wickedly sumptuous slice of our Black Forest Cake for the next edition of the chocolate story! And remember dear reader – that besides chocolate of course – you are our favourite!