“Henry loves chocolate so much, it practically runs through his veins. Chocolate cake, chocolate cereal, chocolate syrup, chocolate milk, and chocolate cookies – and that’s just breakfast! Still, it comes as a shock when he suddenly breaks out in chocolaty brown spots and is diagnosed with . . . Chocolate Fever. And, rather than be poked and prodded by doctors, Henry runs away, starting the adventure of a lifetime. But at the end of it all, the question remains: Is there a cure for Chocolate Fever?”
So tells me the blurb of “Chocolate Fever”(2006) by Robert Kimmel Smith. A children’s book. I was preparing myself to go to the Kernow Chocolate Factory in St Evan, halfway Wadebridge and Newquay, close to Newquay Airport and the Merlin Golf Course.
On our way Claire and I first had lunch in the pub of St Kew. We found ourselves in the midst of a wedding party. Women with naked backs and posh hats, all the gents properly dressed, wearing a bow tie. Luckily the weather was fine so the whole coterie was standing outdoors, sipping their champaign. Whit a full tommy Claire and I headed to the factory. We had a meal first on purpose, because you never know what happens when you enter such a place being sober…
Now we all know that chocolate is a typically sweet, usually brown, food preparation of Theobroma caca seeds, roasted and ground. It is made in the form of a liquid, paste, or in a block, or used as a flavouring ingredient in other foods.
Chocolate has even become one of the most popular food flavours in the world. A vast number of foodstuffs have been created, particularly desserts including cakes, pudding, mousse,chocolate brownies, and chocolate chip cookies. Many candies are filled with or coated with sweetened chocolate. Bars of solid chocolate are eaten as snacks.
The chocolate bar is Kernow Chocolate’s main product. We had an interesting conversation with Adam, the graphic designer. He designs all the wrappings and was very proud of his artistic input. Actually, the Factory is not interested in delivering their products to supermarkets. No! Among their clients is the Eden Project. Their chocolate is handmade, Cornish, honest, and contains nothing but real ingredients. Have a look through the window! And we did. Now my fridge is filled with chocolate bars.