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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Plamil Dairy Free: A bit too bland

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Plamil is a brand passionately believing in good quality food using ethical, high quality ingredients. The brand was established in the 1960s to produce an alternative to dairy milk, producing milk from plants, the original 'soya milk.' From those early years the brand has diversified considerably and won numerous awards. Plamil produces an extensive range dairy and gluten free chocolates, along with bars containing no added sugar, instead incorporating … [Read more...]

Vivani: A truly organic gourmet delight

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For over 13 years Vivani has been producing premium chocolate products with organic ingredients. Since 2000 it has firmly established itself as a premium chocolate brand using the finest ingredients. A variety of flavours are on offer including bars, drinking chocolate, nut and nougat spread and expresso dragees. Since it's inception Vivani has won numerous accolades including the "Best of Bio" award and this is in no small part due to its commitment … [Read more...]

High street bars with better content

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It can be hard to find a decent bar of chocolate on the high street without all the artificial colourings, flavourings and other synthetic ingredients that compromise the integrity of the cocoa and leave you feeling a bit too saccharin. Many supermarkets do now stock organic and more ethical brands and not all bars are created equal, so bigger brands often have something with better ingredient profile. I've compiled a list of a few bars for you that … [Read more...]

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