Chocolate Unwrapped

18 April 2019 #585

Cover Story: Chocolate Unwrapped

Chocolate Unwrapped


How much chocolate is too much? Is there even such a thing? As a nation, we each gobble up 5kg of chocolate every year, on average. But we can do better! We are already out-munched by the Swiss (9kg), Germans (8kg) and the Irish (7.4kg).

Tuck into this tasty edition of The Big Issue as we celebrate all things chocolate.  Roald Dahl shares his sweet musings on his favourite treat (and lobbies for chocolate history to be taught in schools); an Adelaide writer has homesickness for Haigh’s, another confesses to a Milo addiction; and we hunt out the truth behind reports of a choc-pocalypse. We also visit a chocolate workshop, and journey to a cacao farm in Guatemala, where three generations of women make chocolate by hand.

More highlights in this edition:

·  Australia’s “Queen of Chocolate” Kirsten Tibballs shares her recipe for a decadent dessert in Tastes Like Home.
Comedian Wil Anderson talks about being a stand-up guy in Letter to My Younger Self.
·  In Australia for Byron Bay’s Bluesfest, George Clinton tells us he’s still having a funking good time, and he wants you to, too.
· We talk to author and poet Maxine Beneba Clarke about new anthology Growing Up African in Australia. Plus, we extract Khalid Warsame’s story about growing up Somali-Australian.
·  We go behind-the-scenes on Yellow Is Forbidden, a new documentary on Guo Pei, China’s only haute couture designer.
·  And, with all eyes on Canberra, vendor Luceil shows us her favourite sights in the nation’s capital in this timely Vendor Tour Guide.
· Plus, vendors from around the country share their stories, poems, photos and Anzac Day tributes in our regular Streetsheet column.

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