Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Shangri-La Plaza's Chocolate Wonderland

One of the many attractions at the Shangri-la Plaza's Chocolate Wonderland is a huge chocolate decor fountain

If you're a chocolate lover, you'll surely be amazed with the ongoing Shangri-La Plaza's Chocolate Wonderland happening at the metro's top lifestyle destination, the Shangri-La Plaza Mall in Mandaluyong. Upon entrance, you'll be welcomed by a gigantic chocolate fountain decor along with a huge ice cream on for lots of photo opportunity. Be ready to be transported to the wonderful world of chocolates that kids and those kids at heart will surely enjoy.

Huge ice cream great for photo opps

Another place where you can have your photo taken

Chocolate is a food derived from the beans of the tropical cacao tree (Theobroma cacao), much of it grown in western Africa where high temperatures and rainfall provide perfect growing conditions. The chocolate you eat is produced from cacao beans in a multi-stage process. After harvesting, the beans are allowed to ferment, then dried, cleaned, and ground to produce a paste. This is then pressurized to form two ingredients known as chocolate liquor (also referred to as "cocoa liqor" or "cacao liqor") and cocoa butter. Different types of what we call chocolate are made by blending the liquor and the butter in varying proportions. The finest dark (plain) chocolate is made with at least 70 per cent cacao liquor and butter, while milk chocolate is made with only 50 per cent. White chocolate is make from cocoa butter without added cacao liquor.
From imported one like Marks and Spencers, chocolate bars are made available for everyone

You’ve probably read that chocolate affects your brain by causing the release of the “happiness neurotransmitters” – serotonin, dopamine, and endorphins. Just like coffee, chocolates are good source of polyphenol antioxidants. 

Shangri-La's Chocolate Wonderland began last Easter Sunday and you better hurry because it will end this coming April 23, 2017! It's really worth checking out. The festival is filled not just with chocolatey goodness to sink our teeth in but stuff to keep you entertained like jugglers, musicians, magicians, stilt-walkers and dancers to add more magical experience to the Willy Wonka-chocolate-one-of-a-kind-place. 

Villa del Conte chocolates in their signature orange and brown boxes

Almond Roca from Candy Corner

Specialty truffles in chocolates

Shangri-La's tenants Candy Corner, Epicurious, Marks & Spencers, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Rustan's Supermarket, Villa del Conte and Wicked, including Shangri-La's premiere hotels EDSA Shangri-La Manila, Makati Shangri-La and Shangri-La The Fort, as well as international brands Toblerone, Cadbury ans Kinder Chocolate Cereals also participated in the said chocolate fair. 

Kid's favorite Kinderjoy Mascot

Chocolate Polvoron
Local chocolate enterprises and chocolatiers are also very much represented in the chocolate fair. The country's very own Theo & Philo, Malagos Chocolates, Coco Dolce, Hiraya Chocolates, Cacao de Davao, Chocoliz, Top Chefs, ChocoATBP, Cocoa Monster, Machiavelli and Manila Chocolatier, NIJI Desserts, Choco-Liquor Cakes by celebrity Maricar Reyes-Poon, BiteSize PH, Truffles by K, Hungry Pac, Agueda Manila, Raneese PB Cups, TsokoFino, Ginto Premium Chocolates, Shorts Gourmet and CMBV Confectionaries. 

Matcha lovers will be glad they've got Matcha Oreo Barks being sold too.

Cacao from Davao is also a hit

There will also be games and free sampling of chocolate confections, activities, demos and workshops to look forward to. You may join the workshops on April 22 with the Chocolate Praline Making Demo by Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts at 3:30PM, Truffle Making Workshop by Wicked follows at 5:00PM; Chocolate Tasting Workshop by Hiraya Chocolates at 6:00PM. And on April 23, there will be another Chocolate Praline Making Demo by Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts at 3:30PM and Matcha Chocolate Making Workshop by Top Chef follows at 5:00PM. 

Also in line with the CSR of Shangri-La Plaza, together with the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Shang also took the chance and treated children from 4Peace Mandaluyong Chapter with special lunch, goodies, plus a delicious brownie decorating workshop. 

So, what are you waiting for, grab this chance to visit the Shangri-La Plaza's Chocolate Wonderland from April 16-23, 2017! See you there!

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