Chocolate Week, the UK’s biggest Chocolate celebration, runs from October 13th to 19th, 2014, culminating in The Chocolate Show from October 17th to 19th at Olympia West in London.
“The nation’s favourite themed week” is returning for its 10th consecutive year in 2014 and aims to promote fine flavour chocolate, independent artisan chocolatiers and the chocolate companies who work in direct partnership with cocoa farmers, encouraging consumers to pay a fairer price for their chocolate.
One of the highlights of this year’s Chocolate Show will be a behind the scenes exhibition from the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory musical and you can find lots of printables in celebration of the story’s 50th anniversary in our previous Roald Dahl post but there are plenty more delicious downloads out there to sate the appetite of chocoholics young and old…
Does it really need to be Chocolate Week to give us an excuse to throw a chocolate-themed party? Surely the best way to ensure all guests RSVP as soon as they receive your invitation is to let them know your soiree will be dedicated to a celebration of the cocoa bean’s sweet produce? My Grafico doesn’t need convincing as the inclusion of Free Chocolate Tags and labels Printables on its website is testament to. The set includes one place card design which can be used for tags or labels for a sweet buffet and two tag designs which can be used as cupcake toppers as well.
Besty Beier suggests an appropriate Chocolate Party Game on her blog B. Nute Productions, providing readers with a printable score card to complete during their taste test activities.
The Dating Divas also suggest a Chocolate Tasting and include a tasting mat and scoring card along with their instructions for a “perfect at-home date for two or a quick and easy party for your friends”.
Why not combine a chocolate party with upcoming Halloween celebrations? Chickabug’s Heather offers a death by chocolate cupcakes recipe on her blog along with some appropriately gravestone-shaped printable cupcake toppers – “there are four designs so you can build a spooky cupcake graveyard of your own”!
Have friends who can’t make the party but you still think deserve a sweet treat? Then there are lots of ways to personalise a chocolatey gift.
Studio DIY created a Chocolate Box Makeover in time for Valentine’s Day with labels to print out to turn “store-bought boxes into something AWESOME”. Kelly recommends printing one of the labels first (even just on regular paper) and taking it with you to buy your boxes so you can match the sizes.
Melissa from Design, Eat, Repeat was also inspired by Valentine’s Day to bring you a DIY Chocolate Box Template that you can then fill with your pick of either shop-bought or homemade sweets.
If you or your friends would “rather fall in chocolate” than love, head over to The Style Insider to download its stylish Chocolate Bar Wrapper Printables. Leonie’s “cool wrappers transform a standard chocolate bar into a work of art” and include four different slogans including “Eat more of what makes you happy”.
Designed with another fast-approaching annual celebration in mind, Jillee’s Last Minute Stocking Stuffer & Neighbor Gift Ideas With FREE Printables! includes an emergency chocolate bar wrapper with the instructions “Only to be eaten under extreme circumstances. Not to be shared.” “Who couldn’t use an emergency supply of chocolate to keep in their purse, desk or car? Turn an ordinary candy bar into a cute and thoughtful gift for those people in your life who you want to show appreciation for.”
Want to take a more serious look at the life of a cocoa bean and turn your children’s sweet tooth into an educational opportunity? Then why not download Homeschool Share’s Chocolate Unit Study prepared by Jennifer Unsell? It includes a library list, activity suggestions, nutritional information, fascinating cacao tree facts, the process of chocolate making, two recipes, maths and literacy activities, a wordsearch and page to write your own book review.
But it is really all about the eating isn’t it? So for more chocolatey recipes click print on Cadbury’s chocolate fudge cake, classic chocolate brownies, gooey chocolate fondant, chocolate and ginger cookies or any other of the confectionery company’s tempting treats for baking inspiration.
Or, combining gift and recipe, click on Kids Activities Blog’s 12 Dozen Chocolate Chip Cookies for the recipe, craft activity and some Christmas cookie printable recipe cards.
Do your children want to treat you to a box of chocolates but you don’t want to absorb the calories? Then head back to Betsy’s B.Nute Productions blog to download this Box of Chocolates Colouring Page which they can complete and gift to you as artwork instead.
Do you love finding printables on the internet? Do you have particular favourites? Or have you featured some on your own blog? Email karen.malpass @ inkfactory.com with your links and we may be able to feature them in a future post.
Thanks for including me in your roundup! So many fun projects you have featured here!
Love that you get to make your own selection with your box – although I might be tempted to do “one for the box, one for me” whilst choosing!
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