The Chocolate Show

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The Chocolate Show

We'll take any excuse to eat more chocolate, but this is truly a good one. The Chocolate Show returns for another year of demonstrations, activities and plenty of tastings. Highlights have to include The Chocolate Fashion Show where the outfits are literally good enough to eat, The Tasting Room for samples from bean to bar and The Chocolate Theatre where live demonstations from top patissiers guarantee to get all chocolate fans salivating.



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Okay, okay, you get to taste amazing chocolates from around the world – I mean getting to eat rosemary dark chocolate, absolutely non-crunchy milk chocolate and nougat white chocolate from the best chocolatiers is amazing and a true privilege. But after a while it just gets boring. First you have a chocolate/sugar overdose slowly appearing that prevents you from trying yet another piece and second there’s not much else to do. A few workshops and cooking shows aren’t enough to keep me entertained long. At £15 an adult ticket, I expected much more, sorry…

Boring and disappointing... paid £15 for the privilege of buying very expensive chocolate for the tasting, the meanest, smallest bits of chocolate... the talks were not very interesting and the demonstrations in the Chocolate Theatre another very obvious attempt to advertise posh restaurants... not impressed...

Although tasting chocolate all day is my kids idea of a great day, crowd control is about if an issue at some of the booths. The chocolate sculpture of the Queen was quite impressive!


Popped into Olympia yesterday not really sure what to expect. Took my two daughters, 9&11 & they loved the luxury and freedom to gorge on chocolate & spend their pocket money on, I have to say, totally scrumptious coconut lime fudge.

It was interesting to see the wide range of chocolate related products - from super fancy to really kid friendly things. There were loads of demos & the 'art' was really impressive. There were sculptures of The Shard, Bojo & a delightful bulldog. The 'fashion' was interesting too - dresses that were constructed from chocolate! We didn't stay for the fashion show but it must have been a sight to see.

If i went again, I'd spend more time planning & researching as there were loads of activities & some really nice food that I would have tried out if I'd planned in the time.


Chocolate heaven--there's no other way to say it. If you're interested in learning how to make gourmet chocolates, as I am, or just want to eat gourmet chocolates, this is a classy and amazing show for you. Make a circuit of all of the many stalls before you taste or buy anything so that you don't become saturated with chocolate at the first few booths. The high-street UK companies are here, but you can taste their chocolates any time. Choose the foreign boutiques for tasting, especially the Argentinian 'Compania de Chocolates' (with amazing dulche de leche chocolates, as well as chocolates laced with merlot wine) and the Spanish 'Blanxart,' with superior organic chocolate bars (and a very enthusiastic vendor). The French couple selling huge mounds of fresh nougat are really impressive too. Go around the world with chocolate and enjoy every taste.

Here's a photo of my stash--with a new bag for my cat (she doesn't get any chocolate because it's bad for her, but she can still look) and enough chocolate for me to experiment with making my own chocolates for Christmas.