Hey all you cool cats and kittens, this week, we’re celebrating National Milk Chocolate Day (not to be confused with Chocolate Day) which falls on 28 July. Yes that’s right, chocolate is the new black so this week we’ll mostly be wearing brown at the café. The aim of National Milk Chocolate day is to celebrate everything that’s good about milk chocolate, and boy oh boy there’s such a lot good about it. Here are some choccy facts:
- Chocolate is a natural form of anti-depressant as it produces serotonin which elevates one’s mood;
- The popular belief that chocolate causes acne is a myth;
- Chocolate syrup was used to depict blood in the iconic shower scene of Hitchcock’s film, “Psycho”;
Now, who knew? We’re also fans of The 12 step Chocoholics Programme, which is “Never be more than 12 steps away from chocolate at any time”. A mantra I carry with me always.
CAFÉ DRINK OF THE WEEK – Chocolate Crush
So our drink of the week this week at the café is Chocolate Crush, a delicious mix of fair-trade chocolate, milk and ice. It’s completely yummy and we’ll be serving it all week. You can also team this with our recipe for Chewy Milk Chocolate Chip Cookies below. But what’s this got to do with kittens I hear you ask? Is it because this is what all the cool cats are drinking this week in the Park? Well, probably, but that’s about it to be frank.
RAINING CATS AND DOGS
It so happened that a tiny kitten was abandoned by the Park gates last week in a cardboard box. Our café staff found it when they came to the park at 7.30am that morning. They immediately brought the kitten to the café to feed it and look after it before our café Manager, Josh, took it home with him that night where he and Mrs Josh cared for it for 2 days. Happily, a friend of theirs was in the market for a cat, so the kitten has now been re-homed. Hurrah! If that isn’t heroic enough for you, on top of that, the café staff helped 2 dehydrated dogs last week who were on the verge of keeling over in the heat. Fortunately, the café caters for our canine friends and always has dog bowls and water on hand for thirsty pooches, so the dogs were able to refresh themselves with a much needed drink. See our video above with Josh and Moira to hear about it all from the horse’s mouth.
NAME THAT KITTEN
BTW, the kitten’s new owners are now looking for a name for it. Apparently “Tiger” and “Bish” are the front runners, but if anyone has any ideas, please let us know (firstname.lastname@example.org; Twitter @tygercafe; FB /tygercafe).
So enjoy Milk Chocolate Week, but whatever you do, don’t confuse the day with Chocolate Day which is something else all together!
Have a chocolate-tastic week in your kitten heels everyone!
Pontins Milk Chocolate Eating Champion 1985
50g Milk Chocolate
50g Cocoa Powder
200g Plain flour
175g Melted butter
200g Light Muscovado sugar
100g Golden caster sugar
1/2 tsp Bicarbonate of soda
A pinch of salt
1 Medium egg plus one egg yolk
- Preheat your oven to 180°C/350°F/gas mark 4.
- Mix the butter and the sugars in a bowl. Beat with an electric whisk or a stand up mixer until thoroughly combined. Beat in the egg and yolk until the mixture changes to a light and creamy colour.
- Sift the flour with the bicarbonate of soda, cocoa and salt and combine with the sugar mixture.
- Break the chocolate into chunks and fold in.
- Place balls of the mixture (about half a handful) a couple of inches apart on a baking sheet. You may need to use more than one sheet or do them in batches. Squish them down a little and bake for approximately 10 minutes or until slightly darker at the edges but not burnt (you should be able to smell when they are ready).
- Set aside to cool before eating (if you can wait that long!)
Recipe from www.greenandblacks.co.uk