Chocolat Lovers: Ultimate online chocolate boutique

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There are a variety of online shops for chocolate devotees out there selling luxury, delicious chocolates for gourmet chocolate fans and one of these is Chocolat Lovers, stocked full of fabulous brands such as Artisan du Chocolat, Chocart, Damian Allsop, Gorvett and Stone, Paul Wayne Gregory and more. Chocolat Lovers offers a range of luxury chocolates from bars and boxed to specialist dietary and gluten free. I was lucky enough to get to sample of … [Read more...]

Daylesford dazzles with white chocolate

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Who doesn't like to dunk a biscuit into their coffee or tea on a regular basis and what better way to do it than with a chocolate biscuit of some variety. I'm not a fan of plain old digestive biscuits with a thin chocolate layer, preferring something light but a bit more decadent, so decided to review Daylesford's lemon biscuits dipped in white chocolate. Daylesford was founded by Carole Bamford who has dedicated her life to promoting sustainability, … [Read more...]

WIN A GOURMET CHOCOLATE PIZZA!

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The Gourmet Chocolate Pizza Company offers a range of chocolate pizzas including fair trade chocolate pizzas, handmade in Nottingham by their team of chocolatiers. The company use high quality ingredients including luxury Belgian, dark, milk and white chocolate and these wonderful gourmet gifts are fantastic for all your friends and family. They even include special celebration chocolate pizzas for occasions such as birthdays, fathers day, mothers … [Read more...]

Taste of Kyoto: Matcha made in heaven?

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Taste of Kyoto sells a range of authentic Japanese green tea products including matcha and sencha items produced using organic green tea. I've developed a bit of an obsession with matcha green tea, which has been touted and lauded above other green teas for its high antioxidant status and plethora of health benefits. It's superiority is matched by its beautiful colour and taste. Unlike other oxidised green teas available, it's nutritional integrity … [Read more...]

Loco for Cocoa Loco Brownies

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Claiming to be crazy about organic chocolate, award winning artisan chocolate company Cocoa Loco was established in 2005 by young couple Sarah and Rory. Their mission was to create simple delicious confections that would leave minimal impact on the environment. Initially Sarah Payne started selling her organic homemade brownies on eBay from her home in Partridge Green but their kitchen became so full of chocolatey goodness they had to expand. Their … [Read more...]

teapigs Chocolate Tea: Chocolate fix in a tea bag

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Hands up who loves their coffee fix every morning! I'm a true coffee devotee but I also love tea, probably something to do with my mother putting tea in my baby bottle to pacify me as a baby. I tend not to opt for tea though, unless it's chai and prefer unusual teas to the bog standard English Breakfast. Cue teapigs, a company making real whole leaf, with whole herbs and whole flours in beautifully aesthetic triangular mesh bags. If you think tea … [Read more...]

Marks & Spencers: Evoking creamy desserts

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High street store M&S offers a range of indulgent chocolate bars such as raspberry mousse, lemon mousse, almonds and caramelised sea salt, meringue and other such goodies. They offer some Fairtrade certified chocolate goodies such as their rich chocolate truffle sauce. I decided to sample their Lemon Mousse bar and Cappuccino bar, hoping for a dessert and coffee hit in my chocolate indulgence. The lemon mousse bar has a light whipped centre … [Read more...]

L’Artisan du Chocolat Couture: Understated and elegant

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L'Artisan du Chocolat produce a range of gourmet chocolates for the discerning chocolate devotee. The brand was established by Gerard Coleman who originally trained as a chef and pastry chef in Dublin, London and New York. He later headed off to Belgium to train as a chocolatier with Pierre Marcolini, indulging in his chocolate passion before returning to London and establishing the company in 2000. He opened the first L'artisan du Chocolat shop on … [Read more...]

Lindt Creation Dessert Ballotin: A disappointing dessert

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Swiss chocolate company Lindt has been producing chocolate since 1845 when in a small pastry shop on Marktgasse in Zurich's old town David Sprüngli-Schwarz and his 29 year old son Rudolf Sprüngli-Ammann began their chocolate endeavour. The new fashion in Italy was for solid bars and the duo followed suit. Prior to this point chocolate was mainly revered in its liquid form, as a drink. The new treat rapidly became popular among the fine Zurich society. Today … [Read more...]

Atkins & Potts: Get your white chocolate fix in a spread

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Atkins & Potts produce a vast range of award-winning culinary goodies from their Berkshire kitchen, from mayonnaise to chutneys and luxurious chocolate sauces and spreads, containing natural ingredients. The business is a family owned one brought to us courtesy of Nicola and Robert Young, both from farming families. They had both ventured into the restaurant business and their love of good food brought them together. Et voila, we have a range … [Read more...]

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