It’s Christmas, or so the television advertisements keep reminding us. With only a few days to go, last minute preparations are being undertaken by a frenzy of shoppers stocking up their fridges with items usually deemed unacceptable any other time of the year. One product in particular which is consumed by the bucket load at this time of year is chocolate. The dark, flavoursome stocking filler is a must have for any foodie wishing to munch their way through the Queen’s speech or to nibble on between meals.
Britain is renowned for being one of the world’s biggest chocolate eaters, coming in as a healthy seventh after countries such as Switzerland and France. The average Brit eats 17.49Ibs of chocolate per year(Source: The World Atlas of Chocolate), that’s roughly 3 small bars per week. The UK chocolate industry is worth £3.96billion (Source: Mintel 2012) and chocolate sales just keep growing and growing, with an estimated 35% increase in sales over the next five years. 8,000 new chocolate products were introduced worldwide in 2008 – meaning that a new chocolate treat was launched almost every hour of every day in 2008 (Source: Mintel Global New Products Database, February 2009).
With this fascination with chocolate, it’s no wonder events, such as The Chocolate Festival, are such a hit with Christmas shoppers. This event enables guests to sample and purchase chocolate delights from around the world, from chocolate brands such as L’Artisan du Chocolat, The Chocolatier, Hotel Chocolat, Rococo Chocolates, Choco Passion, Pacari and many more. You do also have the chance to learn more about chocolate and try your hand at making it. There are quizzes, an afternoon of discovery and also the chance to indulge in afternoon tea ‘Chocolat’ style.
If chocolate isn’t what makes your mouth water, BagWise might be able to help.
We stock a number of bags beautiful enough to get your taste buds tingling - ‘The Bowling Bag’ by Mensch Made is a long lasting fashion item for stylish days out, or the "Heartbreaker" by aunts&uncles.