The chocolate bomb that will make your Christmas go with a bang
For an explosive finale to your Christmas banquet, this season’s must-have luxury centrepiece has to be the exploding Braquier Chocolate Bomb from The Conran Shop.
Made from velvety dark chocolate (with 70 per cent cocoa), this 22cm-high shell will certainly steal the spotlight at the dinner table, blowing Nigella’s cutesy Rocky Road pudding out of the water — and that’s even before you’ve taken a match to it.
For this is one sweet treat that’ll take no prisoners in the battle of the desserts, as once the bomb detonates (30 seconds after lighting the wick) prepare to scarper at least one metre away, or be rained on by hundreds of choccie shards, mini gadgets and sugared almond shrapnel.
Explosive treat: Once lit, the Braquier Chocolate Bomb from The Conran Shop will shower the room with chocolate
But don’t worry, the weapon is actually as safe as houses. It may surprise you that such full-on, after-dinner invasion hails from France — the same gastronomic hotspot which gave us pretty pastel macaroons and squidgy-soft creme caramel.
Whatever its roots, the bomb is a hit this side of the water, too, and The Conran Shop reports that this perennial favourite has customers travelling far and wide to get their hands on it — Sir Terence Conran himself insists on shipping one over every year as part of his festivities.
Chocolate bomb: At 89, it doesn”t come cheap
Store director Jeff Heading is an avid fan, too, and recalls his debut choc bomb experience.
‘It caused chaos as the dogs went berserk and we thought my pregnant sister-in-law might go into labour. The only composed person was a 90-year-old stone-deaf grandmother who could not understand what the fuss was about.’
But if its 89 price tag is just a little too unpalatable, you could always be tempted by Bite the Bullet (a more purse-friendly 7.99 from firebox.com).
This amusing, after-dinner game includes a dozen chocolate bullets, one of which is laced with hot chilli, so one unlucky player gets it right in the mouth, Russian Roulette style.
For me, I’m playing it safe with a giant Jelly Belly bauble (14,99, also Firebox) — a monster, see-through tree decoration packed with multi-coloured jelly beans to munch on right through until New Year.
Bomb appetit — and chocs away!