Friday, February 10, 2012 - 09:00

Visitors to the Eden Project in Cornwall are indulging in the food of the gods as part of the Chocolate Jungle festival, which runs until February 19.

In the Rainforest Biome, intrepid explorers are travelling deep into the jungle to discover the history of chocolate, how it was first used, who grows it and how it’s become the delicious confectionary enjoyed today.

Expert chocolatiers and producers are tempting taste buds throughout the week with talks on how to smell and taste chocolate like a professional, the truth behind the cocoa trade and even the benefits of ‘raw’ chocolate.

There are also daily hot chocolate tastings in the Eden Bakery at 11am and 3:30pm as well as chocolate lolly making workshops, which run from 10:30am until 5pm in the Mediterranean Biome.

Eden chefs have introduced a chocolate inspired menu, including chocolate, beef and beer stew, savoury chocolate and rosemary biscotti, spiced ice cocoa, Mexican-inspired borlotti bean and winter squash mole and a range of delicious chocolate cakes.

Kate Francis, Eden’s Programme Coordinator, said: “People are falling in love with chocolate all over again at the Chocolate Jungle festival. From the cocoa pods in the Biome to chocolate tastings, there are lots of delicious ways to learn about one of the nation’s favourite treats.”

There is also a large selection of chocolate goodies, both to sample and to buy, in the Eden Project Shop.

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