Let’s be honest: a little piece of chocolate usually leave you wanting more. To cater to those sweet indulges, Baileys launched a new must for all chocoholics: Baileys Chocolat Luxe. It’s the first time real Belgian chocolate is mixed with alcohol to create a unique drink. Anthony Wilson, one of the creators of Baileys Original Irish Cream, took 3 years to create this one of a kind chocolate drink. In this interview he shares more on his inspiration, chocolate memories and Christmas tips.
1. Where did the idea emerge to create the Baileys Chocolat Luxe?
“I am a chocolate lover and thought wouldn’t it be amazing if you could create a “molten ambient chocolate” that had the same sensory characters as eating a piece of chocolate – this would have to be a liquid and given my passion for Baileys this felt like the perfect pairing that had the potential to create something amazing.”
2. Drinking Baileys evokes feelings of coziness, enjoyment and relaxation to me. What feelings do you want Baileys Chocolat Luxe to evoke?
“Baileys Chocolate is perfect for those times when you want something sweet or as a little piece of personal indulgence which everyone treats themselves to after a hard day.”
3. With the Holiday season around the corner why should everyone have a Baileys Chocolat Luxe at their Christmas table?
“I can think of a number of reasons – its taste great and its versatility – it pairs perfectly with dessert as a topping, can be drink neat enhancing the chocolate experience or over ice as a treat. This time of year is about celebration – so what better way that with Baileys Chocolate Luxe.”
4. What is your earliest chocolate memory?
“When I was at school – my Grandmother used to buy me a specific chocolate bar on a Friday on the way home – I used to love them and is probably the reason I now have a deep love of chocolate.”
5. After tasting over 200 different chocolates what is the most surprising chocolate flavor you’ve ever tasted? The most delicious? The worst (if that’s even possible!)?
“The worst for me is a couple of specific milk chocolates have a very sour, off milk type character which is very dominant and a flavour that I am not keen on. Once you know what the flavour is you cannot get away from it.The most interesting discoveries are single origin chocolates that have a single bean – I was surprised to see the huge variation in the flavour coming from the beans – some fruity, floral others more earthy – it’s really interesting and I understand how much craft goes into becoming a chocolatier.”
6. What chocolate is still on your bucket list?
“That’s a very hard question to answer. There are a number of chocolates made by a range of chocolatiers around the world that I would love to taste – each having that little special something – so I plan to continue to taste different chocolates everywhere I go to build up my list further and further.”
December 11, 2013Comments
December 10, 2013Comments
When I think of Mariah Carey, glamour and glitter automatically comes to mind. OPI must have thought the same because when they teamed up with the superstar a glamorous, festive Mariah Carey PURE Top Coat was born. The transparent has tiny bits of real silver and 18 karat white gold which can be used on its own or paired with your favorite color. I prefer with a color as the White Gold & Silver Leaf Top Coat alone can give a yellowish look to your natural nails.
Given that its gold leafs the effect if very chic. On my nails I applied two coats of the OPI Mariah Carey 18K White Gold & Silver Leaf Top Coat starting at two thirds first and added a second layer on the tip of my nails. Kind of funny to think I have real gold on my nails
The Mariah Carey PURE Top Coat comes in a luxury packaging and a collectors white gold nail polish bottle. Collectors means limited edition so if you want to get your hands on this one of a kind polish you better be quick as there will be a small number available. Since real gold was incorporated into the polish it doesn’t come at a cheap price. For € 39.95 the OPI Mariah Carey 18K White Gold & Silver Leaf Top Coat is a great gift to a beauty lover this Christmas. Click here to buy it online.
December 10, 2013Comments
Yesterday was my first time to the movies in months. Although I have a subscription for an unlimited access to the movies, other obligations have made me stay away. December promises to be a month filled with lots of movies but must say that there are only a few I really want to see. Check out my selection below!
1. Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom
The movie chronicles Nelson Mandela’s life journey from his childhood in a rural village through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa. We’ve all heard many, wonderful stories about Nelson Mandela but seeing it in a movie gives it more body and insight. Although it inaugurated in November in the States, here in Holland it will be released this month so I can’t wait to see it!
Faced with Hurricane Katrina a father (played by Paul Walker) struggles to keep his premature daughter alive. With Paul Walker’s recent death I’m sure many will want to see this movie. I love a good movie about courage, love and action and Hours seem to cater all of that.
Here Comes The Devil
A married couple loses their children while on a family trip near some caves in Tijuana. The kids eventually reappear without explanation, but it becomes clear that they are not who they used to be, that something terrifying has changed them.
I love scary movies but a lot of them fail to scare me in any way. The trailer looks very promising so hoping to get a couple of scare moments.
3. 47 Ronin
An 18th century set story centered on a band of samurai who set out to avenge the death of their master. Although the storyline seems great, the graphics and special effects in the trailer look very impressive and I’m sure the effect is astonishing on a big screen.
4. The Wolf of Wall Street
Leonardo di Caprio has a track record of memorable movies that has had everybody talking. Just the mere fact that he’s playing in the movie makes me want to watch it because it always equals good entertainment.
5. The Grudge Match
De Niro and Stallone play Billy “The Kid” McDonnen and Henry “Razor” Sharp, two local Pittsburgh fighters whose fierce rivalry put them in the national spotlight. Each had scored a victory against the other during their heyday, but in 1983, on the eve of their decisive third match, Razor suddenly announced his retirement, refusing to explain why but effectively delivering a knock-out punch to both their careers. Thirty years later they’re at it again and decide to go for the decisive match. Not the usual young, strong boxers you usually see but definitely interesting to check out how these dudes will do.
December 9, 2013Comments (2)
Keeping the momentum going since last week’s Milka with Smarties I decided to give chocolate meets candy another go. I wasn’t impressed with the Milka but when I found the Carrefour White Chocolate with Violet Candy my interest was sparked. First time I tried violet candy I was amazed because I didn’t expect flowers to taste this good. All of which raises a very valid question: what does white chocolate with violet candy taste like?
The delicious taste of the violet candy remains and blends perfectly with the white chocolate. Talk about a tasty match! The candy is cut into very small pieces which adds a bit of crunchy touch to the chocolate. The amount of flavor is right and since the chocolate bar is small it adds to the taste of it. Tick chocolate bars would have been too much while the small pieces now offer a great flavor.
Have you tried chocolate with candy before? If so, what is your favorite?
December 9, 2013Comments
Last week we lost a great leader, an inspirational man that led with his words of wisdom but mostly by example. I’m sure many couldn’t help but feel warmth every time we saw his big, genuine smile. Very admirable when I think about everything he went through!
To me Nelson Mandela embodies freedom, forgiveness and love. What would South Africa be today if it wasn’t for him? Although he’s now with the angels his inspirational quotes will impact many future generations as it’s wisdom and truth are timeless.