Sunday, 7 July, is World Chocolate Day, celebrating the introduction of cocoa to Europe by Spanish Explorer Don Hernan Cortes in 1550.
Traced back to the ancient Mayans, for most of its history chocolate was drunk as a bitter beverage. The Aztecs revered chocolate as ‘food from the gods’, a view which many people share today.
While the Spanish brought chocolate to the Western world, Swiss chocolatier Daniel Peter is generally credited for adding dried milk powder to chocolate to create milk chocolate in 1876, later co-founding Nestlé with his friend Henri Nestle.
Where better to celebrate World Chocolate Day than at Madisons Café. Situated at the main entrance of the busy Oasis Shopping Centre, Madisons is a meeting place where ‘See you at Madisons’ slips as easily off the tongue as ‘Meet you at Tiffanys’.
With its unmissable location, great coffee and fabulous cakes from ex-Ten Japanese Head Pastry Chef Haruka Horiuchi, Madisons is a meeting point, a place to chill out and bask in the sun, a great people-watching venue, somewhere to grab an early morning beachwalk coffee, an indulgent cake or a business lunch, or even to catch up on the latest goss’ with owner and Broadbeach identity Lincoln Testa.
All we need on World Chocolate Day is love and chocolate!
Chef Haruka shares her recipe for Chocolate Truffle Cake with us. (We’ve tasted it and it’s delicious!) Chef has even added some shortcuts to make this rich indulgence easier for us to make!
NOTE: This recipe was published in The Sun newspaper on 2 July 2019.