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...]

Masterful chocolate concoctions from Cocoa Boutique

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Chocolate selections can be a cagey affair. Will you bite into that praline you cannot abide, or find that half the box is destined for the rubbish bin because you only enjoy a modicum of the selection. Not so with Cocoa Boutique who bring together world famous collections from award winning chocolatiers so your selections are freshly created, fabulously rich, decadent, varied, aesthetically pleasing and tried and tested favourites. If you don't like … [Read more...]

Hotel Chocolat Rocky Road Easter Egg: A Divine Treat

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I've covered this luxury British chocolatier before but who can resist an Easter egg so thick you can't even break the shell? The Hotel Chocolat Rocky Road to Caramel Extra Thick Easter Egg is a an Easter egg giant, literally, one half of the shell is cast from 40% cocoa house milk chocolate with crispy puffed rice, cookies and chocolate chunks, the other half is made with a layer of caramel chocolate over a base of milk chocolate. At £27, an … [Read more...]

William Curley offer nostalgia gourmet style

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Ah William Curley, gourmet chocolate producer extraordinaire. Established in 2004 by Suzue trained in Cordon Bleu (having worked at Claridge's and The Savoy) and William (who has worked with Raymond Blanc at Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons and was head chef patissier at the Savoy), the brand was an endeavour to create the best chocolate/patisserie business this side of the channel. Their hugely successful Richmond boutique led to the opening of another … [Read more...]

Leonidas: Belgian Chocolate Makers Extraordinaire

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Started in 1913 by Greek-Cypriot American confectioner Leonidas Kestekides in Ghent, Leonidas produces real Belgian chocolate that is sold across the globe, with the brand priding itself on freshness, generosity and tradition. There are 350 Leonidas shops in Belgium and over 1,000 stores in around 50 countries, so Leonidas is certainly not a small niche outlet. It does, however, produce a range of delicious mouth-watering chocolates and is enjoyed … [Read more...]

Ultimate Brownie: Best Brownies on the Block

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Why bother making your own brownies when you can get luxury handmade brownies delivered to your door courtesy of The Ultimate Brownie. Mother of two girls Caroline is passionate about good food and has been baking professionally for over twenty years. She began her online business in March 2012 and has won Great Taste Gold 2012 for her delightful brownies, incorporating free range eggs, fairtrade dark Belgian chocolate with 70% cocoa solids and sugar … [Read more...]

Willie’s Cacao Chocolate Factory Wins the Day

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You may be familiar with Willie Harcourt’s superb cacao creations from the channel  4 TV programme documenting Willie’s somewhat Willy Wonka-esque escapade into producing perfect chocolate. The programme pursued Willie as he embarked upon his chocolate dream, investing money in a run down Venezualan farm in the rainforest and organically growing a specific type of cocoa. Willie even processes the beans to produce Britain’s first 100 per cent … [Read more...]

Ascending the Cocoa Mountain with Scrumptious Truffles

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Cocoa Mountain was established in 2006 with the aim of producing delicious, fresh and innovative chocolates. The brand relies on premium ingredients and natural flavourings, aiming to avoid artificial flavourings, colourings or preservatives. The chocolates are all produced by hand and are all free from gluten and suitable for vegetarians. Like many modern gourmet chocolate brands Cocoa Mountain operate in an ethically minded manner, sourcing local … [Read more...]

Rococo, chocolate eggsperts wins the taste test this Easter!

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Rococo was established by Chantal Coady who followed her chocolate dream in 1983, seeking to take the stuffiness out of gourmet chocolate with a chocolate paradise, cue candyfloss pink walls and a chandelier made from sugar hanging aloft the ceiling. Chantal has produced three books about chocolate and received numerous accolades. The Wall Street Journal recognise her as the founder of the ‘New British School’ of chocolate. Chantal is committed … [Read more...]

The House of Dorchester: From dessert to coffee covered

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Unsurprisingly the House of Dorchester has its roots in Dorchester, having produced chocolate creations fit for a king since 1963. The founders decided to produce their own chocolate after struggling to find top notch chocolate and as word spread about the luxury brand a team of people were required to hand produce chocolates. Today the brand still produces chocolates for the UK’s leading hotels, restaurants, shops and venues and are enjoyed across … [Read more...]

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