Celebrate World Chocolate Day With The Woolies Chocolate Festival!

World Chocolate Day is celebrated annually on 7 July as a commemoration of the introduction of chocolate to Europe in 1550. It is also celebrated more simply because chocolate is love worldwide. The day is observed in the best possible way - by eating chocolate! While we've never needed an excuse to tuck into a slab of delicious milk chocolate, we thought we'd give World Chocolate Day a little more attention this year.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic we could all use a sweet pick me up. Thanks to Woolworths, this World Chocolate Day looks to be one to remember. Their epic chocolate festival kicked off on 22 June and runs until 19 July 2020. Offering chocolate lovers of all kinds a delicious array of sweet treats on special, the festival has come at just the right time. So this World Chocolate Day, head over to your nearest Woolies food store or get shopping online for great deals on your favourite choccies. Buy any three Lindt chocolates or select Woolies chocolates and get 30% off! Here are just some of the chocolates on offer and how to get your hands on them this World Chocolate Day:

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Woolies Chuckles

Woolworths Chuckles are the stuff of childhood. We distinctly remember sneaking a bag or two into the movies to mix up into our popcorn as children. Lovers of shortbread biscuit coated in smooth milk chocolate will be delighted to learn that Chuckles are included in the Woolies Chocolate Festival selection. However, these morsels of goodness now come in an assortment of flavours and tastes. Try out Chuckles peanuts, coconut ice in milk chocolate or shortcake milk chocolate bites. Woolies Chuckles now also come in bars so you can savour the chocolatey pleasure for even longer. Spoil yourself with a bag (or three) and celebrate World Chocolate Day the right way.

Assorted chocolate boxes

For the more refined choccie lovers, Woolworths has a great selection of chocolate truffle boxes. Our top pick is the Chocolate Decadence box - 16 pieces of decadent chocolate made using only the finest local ingredients. Sneak in a chocolate truffle a day or gorge on the whole box come World Chocolate Day, there is no judgement here. For the health conscious, there's an assortment of dark chocolate nibbles to enjoy. The dark chocolate glacé ginger pieces box is the perfect guilt-free spoil. So whether you're all about rich, decadent chocolate or healthy treats, Woolies Chocolate Festival has got you covered.

Lindt Creations 

Not much beats a Lindt chocolate. From their classic slabs to their latest inventions, Lindt's chocolate masters know how to tempt and treat chocolate lovers world over. Lindt's latest creation is the Lindor Singles Slab. Made up of 18 individual 'moments of bliss', this chocolate bar is ideal for those of us who lack portion control when it comes to Lindt chocolate! We recommend the Hazelnut Milk Chocolate singles for a perfectly smooth and irresistible chocolate experience. Stock up for the winter by purchasing any three Lindt chocolate bars, boxes or fruity sensations at Woolies and get 30% off.

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De Villiers Chocolate 

De Villiers Chocolate is sourced in Africa and handcrafted in Cape Town. If you've never sampled one of their chocolate bars, get yourself a few slabs at Woolies. As part of the Chocolate Festival, De Villiers chocolate range will be on special until 19 July 2020. Their inventive flavour combinations will send your tastebuds into a happy tizz. Take your pick from sea salt and caramel, cacoa nib and salt, intense 70% dark chocolate, honeycomb milk chocolate, orange peel and vanilla, salted almond, coffee milk or coffee and dark chocolate, coconut blondie, milk chocolate biscotti and raspberry, vanilla and almond white chocolate! It's a flavour sensation.

Click here to scour through the entire Woolworths Chocolate Festival collection. Visit your nearest Woolies food store or get shopping online to get your hands on these fantastic chocolate deals. Remember that the festival ends on 19 July 2020, so don't miss out!

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Make your own chocolate dessert

If like us you'll be going OTT this World Chocolate Day, you may want to make your very own chocolate dessert to enjoy on the day. We've found two mouth watering recipes for you to try out at home. P.S: We accept a chocolate bars as thanks!

Toasted coconut marshmallow hot chocolate

Ingredients

Method

  1. Heat the coconut milk in a saucepan over a medium heat until just simmering. Add the chocolate and vanilla, stir, and return to a simmer.
  2. Pour the hot chocolate into a large jug.
  3. Place the marshmallows in a large bowl and microwave for 30 second periods, stirring each time, until they become soft. Scoop onto the hot chocolate before serving.
  4. Enjoy!

Source: Woolworths Taste Magazine

Saucy Coffee and Chocolate Baked Pudding served with Dalgona Coffee Whip 

Ingredients

For the pudding:

For the sauce:

For the Dalgona whip:

Method 

To make the pudding:

  1. Preheat the oven to 170°C.
  2.  Sift together the flour, baking powder, cocoa, salt and coffee powder and mix in the sugar.
  3. Mix together the melted butter, eggs and yoghurt.
  4. Add the liquids to the dry ingredients and mix gently to make the batter.
  5. Spoon the batter into a medium sized ovenproof dish and push blocks of chocolate into the batter.
  6. Combine all the sauce ingredients together and gently pour over the batter.
  7. Bake in the oven for 25 – 30 minutes.

To make the Dalgona coffee whip:

  1. Combine all the ingredients and use an electric beater to whip it into a light and frothy whip.
  2. Serve the pudding warm with the Dalgona coffee whip generously dolloped over.

Source: De Villiers Chocolate.

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Happy World Chocolate Day!

Coffee-Inspired Treats To Make At Home

Dalgona Coffee

A new coffee trend seems to pop up as often as we need a refill on our skinny almond lattes. This year's internet coffee sensation is dalgona coffee - a whipped blend of instant coffee, sugar and hot water that has a honeycomb toffee flavour and super frothy texture. If you've been keen to try your hand at making this coffee concoction at home, check out this recipe for dalgona coffee three ways by the Foodies of SA blog. We would probably go for the classic Nescafé version, but it's totally up to you!

Ingredients:

Method:

  1. Combine the sugar and Nestlé Nescafé Classic instant coffee in a bowl and add 4 tablespoons hot water. Mix to dissolve the coffee and sugar.
  2. Using an electric mixer, whip until the mixture is thick and creamy and holds a stiff peak.
  3. Half-fill a tumbler glass with ice and fill the glass three-quarters with the milk.
  4. Spoon over the coffee dalgona mousse and enjoy.

Coffee Cake

Don't spend your afternoons in lockdown aimlessly daydreaming about all those cappuccino dates you took for granted. Whip up a delicious coffee cake to serve with your 4 o'clock cuppa instead.

Ingredients:

For the coffee icing:

Method:

  1. Sift the dry ingredients.
  2. Beat the egg yolks and the remaining ingredients together for 3 minutes. Add the flour mixture and beat until well mixed. Beat the egg whites until stiff but not dry and fold into the mixture.
  3. Divide the mixture evenly between two greased 200mm diameter round cake pans. Bake at 190ºC for 20 minutes or until the cake springs back when pressed with a finger. Turn out on a wire rack to cool completely before icing. Makes one (double layer) cake.
  4. For the icing: Cream the margarine and icing sugar together adding the dissolved coffee and the vanilla essence until the icing is of a good spreading consistency.
  5. Ice the cooled cake and enjoy with your choice of coffee.

Source: https://www.eatout.co.za/recipe/coffee-cake/

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Coffee Dippers

We have an ongoing debate at the Joburg.co.za headquarters - to dunk or not to dunk. Some of us love nothing more than dipping our rusks and biscuits into our coffee, while others squeal at the mere thought of it. Whether you are on team dunk or not, these classic koffiekoekies will surely delight your senses:

Ingredients:

Coffee fudge filling:

Method:

  1. Sift the cake flour and salt together in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Melt the butter, sugar and golden syrup in a saucepan and stir until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and cool.
  3. Add vanilla to cooled mixture.
  4. Dissolve the bicarbonate of soda in a little coffee. Add to cooled butter and syrup mixture.
  5. Add to flour and knead well to form a soft dough. Cover and leave overnight.
  6. Use a sausage maker with a cookie fitting to form long strips of dough. You may need a second person to help you!
  7. Cut the cookies into even lengths. A square 5 cm cookie cutter is ideal.
  8. Place on greased cookie sheets and bake at 200° C for about 12 minutes until golden brown and baked through.
  9. Cool the biscuits on wire racks.
  10. To make the filling: Dissolve the coffee in the boiling water and add the remaining ingredients, except the vanilla.
  11. Boil for 8 minutes, uncovered.
  12. Remove from the stove, and beat with a wooden spoon until thick and cooled.
  13. Sandwich the biscuits together with the coffee fudge filling.
  14. Dunk (or don't), but enjoy!

Source: https://www.all4women.co.za/food-home/recipes/recipe-items/delicious-south-african-recipe-for-koffiekoekies-or-coffee-biscuits-with-a-coffee-fudge-filling

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Do you have any coffee-inspired recipes to share? Let us know about them in the comments below!