Feast Your Eyes on Halloween Goodies at Fortnum and Mason

“Fillet of fenny snake, In the caldron boil and bake;
Eye of newt, and toe of frog, Wool of bat, and tongue of dog,
Adders’ fork, and blind-worms sting, Lizards’s leg, and howlet’s wing,
For a charm of powerful trouble, Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.”

– The Witches’ spell, Macbeth


Whilst I love me some Shakespeare, the recipe above sounds more like something Heston Blumenthal would serve at the Fat Duck alongside his snail porridge. And let’s face it: the whole point of Halloween is to eat candy, not newts. (Oh and also, as Lindsay Lohan states in Mean Girls, “in girl world, Halloween is the one night a year when a girl can dress up like a total slut and no other girls can say anything about it.”)Anyway, from Cady to candy. Fortnum and Mason, situated in Mayfair, London, do some of the most fantastic chocolate in the world (their champagne truffles are to die for , and not just on Halloween). Fortnum’s, as it’s known, has been feeding the elite since 1707 (they have a Royal Warrant, dontchya know) and their four floors house a veritable treasure trove of goodies including, at the moment, some of the most incredible Halloween treats!

More pictures below, so read on…if you dareDouble double toil and trouble: (Top shelf, l-r) Large chocolate skull, small chocolate gargoyle, coffin gift box with chocolate bones, chocolate mummy; (Bottom shelf, l-r) Small silver chocolate skulls, hot chocolate, chocolate bones.The chocolates are incredible – the mummy is covered in white chocolate bandages whilst the skulls come in bronze and silver, perfect for a Hamlet moment. I also love the coffin gift boxes, which are so beautifully wrapped (see below for a picture of the contents).By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes! In this case, an adorable little witch with her broom on a hand-crafted Halloween card: totally charming.Fortnum’s are particularly famous for their hampers, and I absolutely adore the Halloween take they’ve done on them, from black wicker baskets to gift baskets and coffin-shaped gift boxes.From left to right: Truffle box, biscuit tin, Catacombs chocolate, candied apples.Vampires, ghosts and gouls, oh my! Clockwise: tubby chocolate ghost, vampire lollipop, candy eyes of newt, ghost biscuits (who you gonna call? Ghost biscuits!)Clockwise: Chocolate coffin with chocolate bones (this is what comes in the little gift wrapped coffin boxes), chocolate poison toads, chocolate fingers, painted egg decorations.The gingerbread house: I love this as a concept. It’s a kit to make your own haunted mansion! I can tell you now there won’t be any crumbs left once I get my hands on this.Fortnum’s are also known for their incredible window displays and their internal displays are just as fabulous. Finally, if that’s left you wanting more, how about picking up this collection of ghost stories? And if you’re too scared to read it, you could just eat it instead….it’s made of chocolate. Truly spooktacular!

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