Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Chocolate evaluation

Last night I met with two new friends, Emma and Nozomi, at the Guylian cafe in Circular Quay. I met Emma and Nozomi last year at my chocolate making class, so we thought it an appropriate venue.

We had a lovely time, eating and chatting, and our next outing is planned for a couple of weeks time... at the Lindt Cafe in Darling Harbour (can you see where this is going?)

Emma is British and Nozomi Japanese, so I need to bring the last of my British Dairy Milk (along with some waxy Australian Dairy Milk) because Emma is convinced Nozomi will be able to pick the better chocolate blind folded and wants to prove it.

After the Lindt cafe we are planning Max Brennar (chocolate cafe...), then a few specialist boutiques. So shortly, dear reader, I will be able to give you a conclusive group review of all the chocolate cafes in Sydney.

How did Guylian do? Well, it was yummy, of course - but prior experience teaches me that the Lindt cafe does better waffles (I will check it for you before saying that for certain though... I am good like that). I love Guylian chocolates, but the praline was quite heavy in the smoothy.

Final fact for today's post... did you know Guylian is named after the couple who founded it - Guy and Liliane.


Andrew said...

Well done for your ground-breaking research. Clearly there is a long road ahead, but if anyone is up to the task, it is you Emily. Sterling work!

The origin of the Guylian name is interesting, but not very exciting.....and so in the interests of demonstrating a much better "did you know that X is named after Y" story, I will repeat my Nivea/David Niven fabrication -

Did you know that David Niven was instrumental in bringing Nivea Hand Cream to a global market? Whilst filming Around The World in Eighty Days, some of the locations were shot in Bavaria. As the filming involved a lot of scenes in a hot air balloon, Niven's hands became extremely raw and cracked through prolonged handling of the ropes required to operate the balloon. In order to try and alleviate the problem, the make-up artist on the set sourced a locally produced cream that soothed his hands at the end of each day's filming, thus keeping the Hollywood legend happy. In subsequent interviews to promote the film, he enthused so highly about the product (despite being a "man's man" and old-school hellraiser, Niven was not afraid to espouse the use of cosmetics for gentlemen) that demand for the hand cream rocketed. As a recognition of the publicity that he had generated and to try to align itself with the film star, the manufacturer renamed the product "Nivea", a close enough name to Niven to ensure that the buying public made the connection to the suave celebrity, but different enough to avoid paying him any royalties. Niven never really got over this clear abuse of his name, and the fact that he missed out on potentially millions in royalties, and vowed never to use the brand again. He adopted Vaseline as his preferred balm for the remainder of his career, famously stating on the Parkinson show "Nivea? That shit is only used by rent boys and Italians".

Sally said...

I just wanted to let you know how much your dedications means to us. Lesser reporters would not have taken such trouble. I look forward to the findings of the blind taste test!

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