Exclusive new recipes by Mary Berry, Lorraine Pascale and Gregg Wallace to celebrate Chocolate Week (10th-16th October) created for Divine, the farmer-owned chocolate company. They are a lovely way to celebrate Chocolate Week, the annual nationwide chocolate festival which was inspired back in 2003 by The Academy of Chocolate and has been sponsored by Divine every year. The UK chocolate market alone is worth approximately £3.76 billion a year (Mintel, 2010).
Well-known cook Mary Berry has created a Velvet Chocolate Torte for Divine, made with a splash of brandy and is decorated with strawberries and chocolate shavings. Presenter of BBC’s Baking Made Easy, Lorraine Pascale has created a Dark Chocolate & Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake while MasterChef presenter and sweet-toothed king Gregg Wallace has created a Divine Cherry & Chocolate Cake containing a sponge base, moistened with a cherry and brandy mix topped with a dark chocolate ganache.
Chocolate Week was set up to promote fine flavour chocolate, the independent artisan chocolatiers and the chocolate companies who work in partnership directly with cocoa farmers. Divine Chocolate Ltd is the only Fairtrade chocolate company that is also co-owned by cocoa farmers. Kuapa Kokoo, a co-operative of 45,000 cocoa farmers in Ghana, benefit not only from the Fairtrade premium on the sale of their beans, but also receive a 45% share of Divine’s distributable profits giving the farmers more economic stability, as well as the increased influence in the cocoa industry that company-ownership brings. www.chocolate-week.co.uk