‘He Must Be A King…’
‘…He hasn’t got shit all over him,’ to quote a famous Monty Python line. Because we always knew the royals were different, didn’t we? But the differences have lessened over the years. I remember the royal chocolate maker Floris used to have incredible chocolate displays in their shop in Brewer Street (where Vintage Magazines’ is now) but Cadbury has taken over the role, and it seems the royal household’s requirements are rather scaled back. This is from today’s Guardian:
‘The secret recipe is back in the safe for another year, and the dust sheets have gone back over the machinery: the Queen’s Christmas chocolate is ready and has been dispatched to Buckingham Palace. It is, as the red label boasts, truly a “superior” chocolate. Cadbury uses a special machine and a special recipe at the Bournville factory, it has emerged, solely to make batches of gold foil-wrapped dark chocolate just for the royal household, delivered in small boxloads direct to Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and Sandringham.
Although labelled Culinary Plain Chocolate, its unusually high cocoa solids content apparently makes it suitable for either cooking or tucking into while watching the Queen’s speech. A company spokesman said: “We do make the Queen a bar of dark chocolate. It’s not for sale to the public. We’ve been providing chocolates to the royal family since Victorian times, but I cannot discuss the recipe.”
The Mail media group, which has mounted a campaign against the giant American Kraft food company’s attempt to take over the chocolate firm, solemnly warned: “If it is taken over, there is no guarantee Cadbury would continue to make the Queen’s chocolate.”
Trust the Daily Mail to worry about the Queen’s chocolate bar as their readership frets itself into a coma over immigrants and mortgages.