The 2012 Advent Calender: For the 25 days of Christmas, I will be blogging each day about a miscellaneous thing I love. Not necessarily a big thing, not necessarily a small thing and not in any order.
I remember hearing a quote from someone (and if anyone can tell me who I’d be very grateful) who said that ‘all gay men want to run away and join the circus’ — likening it to claustrophobic small town roots and joining the bright lights of the big gay cities. I’ve always thought it was a wonderful metaphor, and there’s a reason I’m quoting it now. For me, it’s not that I dream of running away to join the circus, it’s that I dream of running away to join Choccywoccydoodah.
Choccywoccydoodah is a chocolate shop in Brighton. It is staffed mostly by quirkily creative gays and run by a wild-haired woman named Christine. And what they make is cakes, the most exquisite works of art, built entirely out of chocolate.
I discovered Choccywoccydoodah through their reality/cooking show on the Good Food channel, and for three months of unemployment the series made me ridiculously, inordinately happy. The build the most wonderful creations: Halloween phantasmagorias, a gothic wedding cake that spurts blood, a lesbian wedding cake covered in shoes, an aging dancing girl for a drag queen in the French mountains, a semi-‘decaying’ Havisham themed wedding cake, and for one Christmas, a life-size stag
The shop and staff raised enough money for a young boy with spinal problems to go to America to have an operation, and promised him a job when he grew up. They rowed along the Brighton front to raise money. The show would have us believe there is a power struggle between head chocolatier Dave (a waistcoat wearing performance artist who was once an 80s popstar) and Tom (he likes square angles. Christine does not.) but in reality they are both ridiculously talented individuals who I would dearly love to meet. More than anything the feeling you get is of a tremendously warm and talented bunch of people who get to create the most amazing thing every day. Plus, they recorded a charity single called Say It With Cake. How can you argue with that?
So I happily present my December 2nd Advent entry. One day, I *will* have a Choccywoccydoodah cake to myself. I promise.