I’m Melting

Once again, my good friends at Qype are taking care of those of us who are obsessively populating their website with reviews. Last night about a dozen of us were invited to a chocolate-tasting event in Notting Hill at a life-altering little shop called Melt.

It was, in a word, amazing.

Now I like chocolate as much as the next guy, but I don’t consider myself a chocoholic (that is, I don’t like it as much as the next girl). But this was something special. Master Chocolatier Keith Hurdman was there to give us a demonstration of how chocolate is made; how the Swiss, Belgian and French schools differ; samples of different chocolate types; and a demonstration of how truffles are made.

It was informative. We ate a lot of chocolate. Not actually all that much volume-wise, but it was so rich and luxurious that it was really filling and satisfying. We were there about 90 minutes, and Hurdman made it a light, fun, delicious experience. I was stunned to learn that it took him seven years of apprenticeship in Switzerland to become a Master Chocolatier. And then he did three years of art school as well.

We all bought something, in addition to what we’d eaten and the gift bag we were given. I’d recommend Melt to anyone who likes an affordable luxury, and the private booking experience to anyone looking for an unusual group event.

Right now, I feel like I never want to eat a Mars bar again.