Friday, October 25, 2013


Image via RTM Radio Modica

His Royal Highness Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge is not a baby likely to want for gifts but I hope he will be told one day of the very special one he received from the Consorzio di tutela di cioccolato artigianale of Modica on the occasion of his christening. I suppose that the footmen of St James's Palace are, like most royal servants, inscrutable but I'd like to know what the footman who took delivery of a package of 30 bars of Modican chocolate on Wednesday really thought.

The bars were made by chocolate master Ignazio Iacono, who followed an original recipe from 1746. They contain paste made of cocoa from Ecuador, Italian sugar, vanilla from Madagascar and cinnamon from Sri Lanka. [No dairy products are added to traditional Modican chocolate.] The bars have a commemorative wrapping which contains the message, "Sweet greetings".

In a thoughtful and generous gesture, the Consorzio is also offering commemorative bars to all British babies born on the same day as Prince George. 

Come on, Georgie - grow those teeth!


Saucy Siciliana said...

I'm not an expert on chocolate but frankly I am not crazy about the Modica chocolate. My daughter does like though, she's a chocaholic.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Hi, Francesca. I think it's an acquired taste.

Lee said...

What a sweet gesture! How wonderful...and even more wonderful that similar gifts are offered to other babies born on the same day as little Prince George.

I'm pleased that Wills and Kate opted for such a private, low-key christening...I think that was just fine. One of George's new godparents is the son of a friend of mine's son's boss (if that makes any sense.

My friend, who I've known since the Sixties, and who now lives not very far from where I do, has a son who works in London for the 6th Duke of Westminster, Major-General Sir Gerald Grosvenor, the head of Grosvenor Empire.

22-year old Hugh Grovesnor son of the above is one of George's seven godparents.

Perhaps if they don't want the chocs...they can send them to us! ;)

Jenny Woolf said...

The chocolate sounds fascinating - never mind Prince George, I would like to try some myself! :)

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Hi, Lee. Yes, it was, wasn't it? Very impressed by your royal connections!
Hi, Jenny. The choclate tastes very strange to most people at first but it is the original Aztec way of making it. The method arrived in Sicily when it was ruled by the House of Aragon. Everyone should taste it once in their life!

Liz Hinds said...

What a kind gesture. I hope the chocolate got as far as the prince - if I had been the maid it might have been diverted en route. In the interest of the young prince's health obviously.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Hi, Liz. Now I've got visions of all the servants eating it in secret in the pantry!

James Higham said...

Chocolatemaster - has a certain je ne sais quoi.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Hi, James. C'est vrai!


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