In chocolate heaven or hell?

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Imagine having to eat luxury chocolate cakes, ice-cream and doughnuts all in half-an-hour – you would think you were in chocolate heaven.

But those who undertook the first Mechanics Chocolate Challenge were not finding it all that sweet after their 30 minutes!

Chocolate Challenge at Burnley Mechanics

Chocolate Challenge at Burnley Mechanics

“I feel a bit sick,” admitted Express sports reporter Dan Black, who was one of nine out of the inaugural 10 who could not complete the tasty task.

“I can’t say I enjoyed that,” agreed the Express’s Kelvin Stuttard who, like Dan, fell short in downing the ultimate chocolate feast.

As part of their refurbishment, the Mechanics, on Manchester Road, has launched its Chocolate Challenge where, in 30 minutes, you have to eat eight chocolate treats. They won’t reveal the calorie content although thousands was mentioned!

For the record these are a slice of luxury chocolate fudge cake, a double chocolate Bronkie, a slice of red velvet bundt cake, a slice of millionaire’s cheesecake, a Boston cream doughnut, a tub of Ben and Jerry’s chocolate brownie ice cream, a triple chocolate flowerpot muffin and a glass of rich hot chocolate topped with cream. There are two challenges – one which costs £12.95 and the Pendleside Hospice Chocolate Challenge which costs £15.95 with £3 donated to Pendleside Hospice if you don’t complete the challenge.

Chocolate Challenge at Burnley Mechanics

Chocolate Challenge at Burnley Mechanics

If you do complete it, the Mechanics will refund the £3 and donate the £3 to the Hospice themselves.

As well as the charity side, there is also the fitness aspect as anyone who completes the Pendleside Challenge will receive a free 14-day pass to St Peter’s and Padiham Leisure Centres – so they can work off the calories consumed.

So the scene was set and the 10 contestants were given their eight chocolate delights to eat in half-an-hour,

“I am a bit unsure about it,” said Kelvin, with only the hot chocolate allowed to wash it down – any water was confiscated.

“It’s a lot harder than I thought it would be,” said Dan whose enthusiasm for his doughnut wasn’t high after already munching down two of the ‘treats’,

Twenty-three minutes later and a surprisingly fresh looking Lee Brothwell (48), who is the Technical Manager at the Mechanics, was on a chocolate high as he completed the challenge, while the other nine contestants looked stunned – or sick.

“I could carry on,” said Lee. “The tactic was to take it steady – and keep the best until last which, for me, was the cheesecake.”

“It’s not all about racing to eat the desserts though,” added Mark Dempsey, Hospitality and Catering Manager at the Mechanics. “People can come along and share the chocolate treats over an afternoon, They can certainly eat them in a more leisurely and probably enjoyable way!

“But for the challenge, we just wanted to do something different to mark the opening of our new Lounge Bar, we are a theatre so we wanted it to be theatrical too and also help a charity as well. This all fits together perfectly.”

For more information on the two Chocolate Challenges call the Mechanics on 01282 664400 as you have to pre-book.