Chocolatier’s oddball festive recipe

Chocolatier Andy Simpson with his chocolate covered brussel sprouts.
Chocolatier Andy Simpson with his chocolate covered brussel sprouts.
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CHOCOLATIER Andy Simpson has come up with an oddball recipe go with the Christmas dinner... chocolate covered Brussels sprouts.

Now Andy’s new delicacy are selling like hot cakes after he tried them out during an educational visit to schools to tell youngsters the origin of chocolate.

He is selling his sprouts coated in the finest Belgian chocolate for 25p each at his chocolate store at the Elsecar Heritage Centre, near Barnsley.

Andy, aged 49, said:” I am always looking for something new and with Christmas approaching Brussels sprouts immediately popped into my mind.

“I go into schools in the area to tell children where chocolate comes from. A lot seem to think it just appears in supermarkets and don’t realise it comes from the cocoa bean.

“On one visit I let the youngsters have a go at making chocolates, we tried using sprouts and they seemed to go down quite well with the kids.

“I decided to try them out on customers and they are proving popular and I’m hoping to sell a lot more to people looking for something a little different to have with their Christmas dinner.

“I know Brussels sprouts are a bit like Marmite, you either love them or loathe them. I like them, they are a nice chocolatey shape but I must admit they are an acquired taste.”