It was, as one might expect on a sunny London weekend, incredibly crowded.
There was also a Chocolate Bar (hee) serving up alcoholic drinks, and Green & Blue, a wine shop selling hampers pairing Italian wines and Green & Black chocolate.
As you can see from the little collage (I hope), the moon was out, and, summoned by the great Choc Star chocolate signal, were-choco-monsters of all shapes and sizes had turned out, so much so that Choc Star had sold out of brownies, some ice-cream flavours (Nutella and vanilla), and chocolate sauce.
I tried the 'high-rise' millionaire's shortbread (£2.50), chocolate ice-cream (£2) and small straight-up hot chocolate (melted 70% chocolate with steamed milk, £2.50). The ice-cream was delicious, and the shortbread was incredibly buttery and chocolate-y. I'm fairly certain it's one of the desserts that need to be classified as 'a heart attack waiting to happen', just below deep fried Mars Bars in terms of potency. The hot chocolate was a little disappointing; I felt it needed just a little bit of sugar, and would have added some myself if it had been available.
After wandering around for a bit more to use up some calories, I decided to bite the bullet and try the chocolate chilli from the Santa Fe Mexican stall. Well, I've eaten dark chocolate with red chilli peppers before, and, besides, I'd read (from allrecipes, I think) that dark chocolate was a traditional ingredient in Mexican chilli, so I wasn't too worried about how this would taste. I'll also admit to having been egged on by bellaphon's comments that he'd 'chickened out' of trying this when he visited the festival the day before, because this girl does love a challenge.
The chilli wasn't the greatest I'd tasted. It was more like bolognese sauce. However, there was a distinct non-unpleasant aftertaste which added depth to the dish. I'm going to try this when I cook chilli con carne next time.
Then it was off to grab some dinner.
Oh yes, I almost forgot. You didn't think I left the festival empty-handed, did you? Nope. I got the last bag of Damian Allsop's mis-shapes for £3.50 and Amedei's I Tartufi box of 12 pralines selling for a special introductory price of £7 (recommended retail price of £19). I've got a veritable chocolate treasure hoard in my fridge now: several bars of Amedei Chuao, a couple of Michel Cluizel bars as well (including their incredible Cafe Noir bar and chocolate champignons) and a box of Booja Booja Around Midnight Espresso organic chocolate truffles, so I'm not too sure how I'm going to finish all of that without doing some serious damage to my figure!