Chocolate has become associated with pretty much every significant cultural and religious festival on the calendar, it seems. Before the post-Christmas discounted chocolates have cleared the shelves, the chocolate bunnies and eggs are already out on display. Valentine’s Day comes and goes and brings with it the onslaught of chocolate hearts and roses. And then those bunnies and eggs, which made their first appearance in January, come out in full force seemingly having multiplied in the ensuing months.
This year I have decided not to have my usual Red Tulip bunny; the one I’ve had almost every year since I was about 7. It’s always been the exact same bunny – it has to be a ‘he’ (there is a she) and it has to be the one wearing overalls with the chequered shirt and the tools sticking out of the pocket. There is some part of me this year that seems to have gone off chocolate a bit… Don’t get me wrong, I still adore chocolate but seem to be consuming less of it. Perhaps it is my impending wedding that is inducing fat-fear in me, although I find that very hard to accept as pleasure from food has always ranked higher on my list of priorities.
But in keeping with the popularity of chocolate, my wedding bonbonnières will feature Fardoulis foil-wrapped chocolate hearts in boxes. For those that follow me on Twitter, you already know that I purchased 900 of these, 150 each in 6 different colours, as we started with a guest list of 150 people. This has whittled to 120 guests which only means more leftover chocolates for us! Here is what 600 of them looks like:
The original plan was for the chocolates to be stacked, in their boxes, in a pyramid arrangement in lieu of a wedding cake for guests to take home with them at the end of the evening. However, the mothers decided that this ‘just wouldn’t do’ and that there must be a cake in order for it to be a ‘true wedding’. This protest cropped up with only two weeks to go until the wedding so we were extremely lucky to locate a place that takes cake orders this late into planning. (If you want to know their details then please email me – they happen to be supplying our flowers as well.)
So the wedding is now just over a week away but you know I won’t disappear for too long at a time. But in the meantime…
happy Easter & happy eating!