Word for Wednesday: Chocolate

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In the United Kingdom, this week marks Chocolate Week. For eleven years, chocolatiers, chocolate companies, hotels, bars, and restaurants have celebrated this delicious treat by hosting events such as talks, tastings, and demonstrations. At the end of the week, the celebrations conclude with The Chocolate Show London at Olympia National Hall. Find out where you nearest event is here.

The word ‘chocolate’ dates back to around 1600, and comes from the Nahuatl ‘xocolatle’ (possibly from ‘xocolia’ meaning ‘to make bitter’ and ‘atl’ meaning ‘water’). Chocolate was originally a drink, and brought to Spain in 1520. By the 1640s, cacao seeds were ground, roasted and sweetened to make a paste or cake. Read more about chocolate production here.

What’s your favourite type of chocolate?

14 Oct 2015
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One of the students has put in a huge amount of effort in completing Spellzone at least 3 times a week since his arrival with us in January. Looking at his scores after the latest GL testing, his standardised score has risen from 99 to 131. This is a truly phenomenal result. I just wanted to share the best result I have ever seen.

Terrie Penrose-Toms, Casterton College