Chocolate Day in Worcester in 37 sweet clicks

Hello hello!!

Does anybody wants a cookie? How about some chocolate cake? If you have a sweet tooth, you certainly have come to the right place. On Saturday the 12th April 2014, for the first time in the history of Worcester, whole town was celebrating The Chocolate Day. Of course we have been there, we  sampled everything, gained few pounds in the process and lived to tell the tale!

There are only few people on this planet that truly do not like chocolate at all. The rest of us simply cannot resist the urge to indulge ourselves in the pleasures of munching on a huge bar of chocolate.  This photo entry is dedicated to readers of all ages who are not ashamed to grab a piece of chocolate  here and there and  are not feeling guilty about it!

You can find more information about the Chocolate Day 2014 using the links below:

Official Worcester Council Chocolate Day website: http://www.worcesterbid.com/chocolate
Interactive Chocolate Day booklet: http://modusdigital.co.uk/flipbooks/chocolateday/index.html#4

City Center Celebration – City Center has been completely paralyzed by the hordes of hungry visitors! Absolutely delicious day, but the weather was a bit crap, so please excuse that the pictures are a bit dark and gloomy.  Lots of attractions for the visitors including Easter egg hunt, chocolate egg races and workshops how to make your own chocolates. We have meet tourists from good old US of A (hello Alabama!) and from Scandinavia. It was good to hear people praising free events like that – apparently in other parts of the world you have to pay for entry!

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Chocolate Day poster in the city center

Chocolate Day poster in the city center

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Egg and Spoon race - we were too old to participate - what a shame!

Egg and Spoon race – we were too old to participate – what a shame!

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Map of Chocolate trail and Easter Egg Hunt

Map of Chocolate trail and Easter Egg Hunt

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Chocolate fountain in front of  The Guild Hall

Chocolate fountain in front of The Guild Hall

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Street side choco o-cafeteria

Street side choco-o-cafeteria

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Seriously scary mascot walking the street - the kids were not impressed!

Seriously scary mascot walking the street – the kids were not impressed!

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Arche - chocolate  Newfoundland and his friends are training to become companion dogs for soldiers suffering from PTSD

Archie – chocolate Newfoundland and his friends are training to become companion dogs for soldiers suffering from PTSD

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Another picture of the chocolate gang - a great initiative to help those who struggle with long term illnesses

Another picture of the chocolate gang – a great initiative to help those who struggle with long term illnesses

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Group of volunteers responsible for bringing the dogs  to the Chocolate Day

Group of volunteers responsible for bringing the dogs to the Chocolate Day

An interesting article about Archie can be found here: 
http://www.malverngazette.co.u/news/11143147.Chocolate_bears_will_mark_national_day_at_Worcester_fundraiser_tomorrow

You can help the foundation Veterans with Dogs by visiting their website at:
http://www.veteranswithdogs.org.uk/

Archie has also his own Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Archie-Brown-Running-Bear/216082618567958

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Ok, we couldn't resist so here's another shot of Archie and the brown gang!

Ok, we couldn’t resist so here’s another shot of Archie and the brown gang!

Chocolate Deli – Cafe, patisserie and a chocolate shop

Feeling peckish? Looking for a good place to sit down and enjoy the coffee and something sweet? Let us introduce you to Worcester’s only handmade artisan chocolate makers! Chocolate Deli has been opened for only few years but it has gathered a faithful clientele and on the weekends and bank holidays it is hard to find a free table. The Deli offers  nearly 50 different kinds of chocolates including dark, white, milk, truffles and alcohol filled ones among others. We love the dark and alcohol filled ones the best: peppermint with fondant center, violet cream, rose cream and delightfully sweet kirsch cherries!

Official site: http://chocolatedeli.biz/page6.html
Some great reviews for our favorite chocolate place:  http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g186424-d3915598-Reviews-Chocolate_Deli_Coffee_and_Patisserie-Worcester_Worcestershire_England.html

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Selection of hand made chocolates - some chocolates comes in shape of  mice, cats, fish and rabbits

Selection of hand made chocolates – some chocolates comes in shape of mice, cats, fish and rabbits

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Tropical lemons, kirsch cherries (with a tail) top toffies, orange crushes ans wild cherries among others - yum!

Tropical lemons, kirsch cherries (with a tail) top toffies, orange crushes ans wild cherries among others – yum!

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Peppa the pig? Half a kilogram of pure pink milk chocolate!

Peppa the pig? Half a kilogram of pure pink milk chocolate!

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One of the most expensive chocolate eggs on display - this Aztec inspired  masterpiece could be  yours for only 50 pounds

One of the most expensive chocolate eggs on display – this Aztec inspired masterpiece could be yours for only 50 pounds

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Chocolates in special tins and cups - all sizes and shapes  guaranteed!

Chocolates in special tins and cups – all sizes and shapes guaranteed!

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Chocolate pizza? No problem!

Chocolate pizza? No problem!

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Few words of wisdom - drink coffee and repeat after me

Few words of wisdom – drink coffee and repeat after me

House of Dogs  – Professional canine grooming and pet boutique

Before you start asking questions, yes – we have visited House of Dogs as part of Chocolate Day 2014. The best thing about the chocolate celebration day was that local small businesses were participating as well. Kids could go from store to store to look for hidden Easter eggs or treats and adults had a chance to discover shops or services they didn’t know that existed. You have to remember that ancient cities like Worcester offer so much more than just High Street shopping. Worcester has an entire network of  back streets filled with coffees houses, arts and crafts shops and art galleries that you need to discover. House of Dogs  is a perfect find for people who are bonkers about their pooches.  They offer grooming, ecological shampoos and health products and of course cloths and treats. Visiting a chocolate day with your dog can be a real nightmare, especially if you own a breed that lives to eat. Since dogs are not allowed to eat chocolate, House of Dogs came as a rescue to us. We bought our black Labrador princess (named Kitana!) ecological  gluten free cookies made inside the store and she absolutely loved them. And the treats came in shapes of bunnies, chickens and little fluffy lambs.  We were happy and the dog had a healthy treat – win-win situation.

Official Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/hodsboutique
Official website: http://www.houseofdogs.org.uk/

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Lamb shaped dog biscuits  - gluten free and perfectly healthy

Lamb shaped dog biscuits – gluten free and perfectly healthy

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Vanilla flavored rabbit bunnies

Vanilla flavored rabbit bunnies

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A pack of goodies that lasted for about 10 minutes - Kitana have just swallowed them. Labs are greedy

A pack of goodies that lasted for about 10 minutes – Kitana have just swallowed them. Labs are greedy

Clockwatchers Cafe and Restaurant – please feel at home

Small, family run business that has been feeding locals and tourists alike for more than two decades. Clockwatchers is a true gem among independent coffee houses  in Worcester located on a beautifully old Mealcheapen Street, very close to the High Street. The restaurant serves home made meals and  takeaway is also possible. What we really like about this place is they participate in every major  celebration taking place in the city and still they managed to retain their independent status and charm. On Chocolate Day, Clockwatchers had a real chocolate fountain in front of their premises. How cool is that?

Clockwatchers on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Clockwatchers1
Facebook group dedicated to the Cafe: https://www.facebook.com/groups/867596359925954/

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Clockwatchers is such a great place that you have to keep looking at your watch. Without it, you will spend there all day and miss your appointments!

Clockwatchers is such a great place that you have to keep looking at your watch. Without it, you will spend there all day and miss your appointments!

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Freshly prepared chocolate straight from the  fountain - simply delicious

Freshly prepared chocolate straight from the fountain – simply delicious

Nostalgic Sweets – classic treats that never go out of fashion

Have you ran out of  Parma Violets? Doctor Who on Saturdays and no Jelly Babies in the house? Don’t panic, one trip to Nostalgic Sweets and all problems are solved. Rita absolutely loves this family run sweets shop located in Crown Gate Shopping Centre in the heart of Worcester. Jelly, Foam, Candy, Fizzy, Sour, Gum, Chocolate, Fudge, Toffee, Hard Boiled, Herbal, Liquorice, Coconut, American, sugar free, Harry Potter collectible frogs – they have it all. She also occasionally smuggles the Parma Violets to America via Royal Mail to a special lady and talented writer (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Helen-Stringer/214949072020811).

Nostalgic Sweets are on a mission to spread happiness and  memories. Join their crusade. For  Chocolate Day, they prepared a gargantuan selection of rare chocolates from different parts of the world – we have spent a fortune there!

Official website: http://www.nostalgic-sweets.co.uk/
Official Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/NostalgicSweets
Official Twitter:
https://twitter.com/Nostalgic_Sweet
Nostalgic Sweet profile on Crown Gate website:
http://crowngate-worcester.co.uk/portfolio/nostalgic-sweets/

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Nostalgic Sweets and their ever increasing selections of treats

Nostalgic Sweets and their ever increasing selections of treats

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Jars and  containers - mmmmm what to choose?

Jars and containers – mmmmm what to choose?

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Is this heaven?

Is this heaven?

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Front window decorated for Chocolate Day 2014

Front window decorated for Chocolate Day 2014

Our photo review would not be completed if we haven’t taken several snapshots of the fantastic Easter Decorations  and Displays that served as hot spots for egg hunt. Art, business and chocolates are a perfect combo!

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Metal chicks with a sweet surprise hidden inside

Metal chicks with a sweet surprise hidden inside

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A flock of Easter hen baskets

A flock of Easter hen baskets

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Baskets and decorative bags - more surprises to be found

Baskets and decorative bags – more surprises to be found

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A close up at the mysterious looking baskets made from felt

A close up at the mysterious looking baskets made from felt

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Tree decorated with chocolates tins

Tree decorated with chocolates tins

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Can you see the Easter eggs?

Can you see the Easter eggs?

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Bowl filled with Easter eggs

Bowl filled with Easter eggs

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Anybody ordered chocolate delivery?

Anybody ordered chocolate delivery?

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Another package - who is going to eat all that chocolate now?

Another package – who is going to eat all that chocolate now?

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Hand painted chocolate eggs

Hand painted chocolate eggs

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Now this is what we call an Eastern Egg - a castle  for a princess!

Now this is what we call an Eastern Egg – a castle for a princess!

Hope you have enjoyed this  review. We have to go now and  finally devour all remaining chocolate bars and truffles that we bought 🙂
Have a sweet week and we hope to see you  next year as well!

XXX
Rita and Mal Dabrowicz

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