Diana explores the Taste of Christmas past

The Sweet Makers A Christmas Treat

We are delighted to announce that Diana will return to the television screens this Christmas for The Sweet Makers – A Christmas Treat, a festive edition of the BBC television series The Sweet Makers broadcasting Friday 15th December 2017 BBC2 8pm.

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Chocolatier Paul A Young, bespoke cake decorator Cynthia Stroud, chocolatier Diana Short and sweet consultant Andy Baxendale will use original recipes and equipment to whip up the festive bestsellers of Christmases past.

Guided by food historian Dr Annie Gray and social historian Emma Dabiri, they’ll uncover the mystery of what an earth a sugarplum is, before decorating a series of exquisite Twelfth Cakes, affordable only to Georgian’s wealthy elite. As they move into the Victorian era our confectioners encounter the gaping gulf between rich and poor and create treats for both – from Queen Victoria’s favoured Boar’s Head cake to jelly pistols and sugar mice accessible to children with just a few pennies to spend.

Finally they’ll explore the wealth of chocolate novelties launched in the 1920s, including the predecessor of that modern Christmas favourite the Chocolate Orange – the Chocolate Apple.

Produced by Wall To Wall for the BBC. The Executive Producer at Wall to Wall is Emily Shields and the BBC Commissioning Editor is Abigail Priddle.

Photograph copyright BBC and Wall to Wall Media

Pictured: Dr Annie Gray, Diana Short, Andy Baxendale, Cynthia Stroud, Paul A Young, Emma Dabiri