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...]

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...]

Organica: Dairy free and indulgent?

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Geo Organics are a company serious about producing high quality organic foods ranging from curry pastes to luxury chocolate bars. Based in Shrewsbury they have been established for just under eight years and founders Mike and Tracey Batten are founders of Venture Foods, which incorporates their entire range. I used to be vegan years ago and still have a keen interest in vegan and organic products. Under scrutiny on this occasion is their golden … [Read more...]

Put the ‘ohm’ into your chocolate with Ombar

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Yes, again, I am reviewing Superfood Chocolate. I just can't help myself. I am a huge fan of a number of the raw food chocolate brands and Ombar is no exception. After all, where else will you get probiotic chocolate? Ombars are produced by Mood Foods, a small company established by three friends with a penchant for healthy living, without waving farewell to chocolate. After experimentations from the delicious to the inedible they finally produced … [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...]

Raw chocolate can pass the taste test

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Chocolate aficionados may balk at the mere concept of raw chocolate but as the raw food movement gains ground raw chocolate is becoming increasingly popular and you might have heard me mention before that I'm already a convert. Preserving the integrity of the cacao beans rather than heating them to high temperatures and destroying precious enzymes and nutrients is certainly an admirable idea, although others have argued that the heating process kills … [Read more...]

Happy Kitchen Brownies will bring a smile to your face

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Brownies are a somewhat indulgent treat and while there are plenty of gluten free brownies available in stores there aren't so many gluten free, vegan and refined sugar free alternatives. Cue Happy Kitchen with a bevvie of organic brownies made using simple ingredients. You can expect to find fruit extracts of apple, carob and grape, cacao (cocoa), rice flour, coconut oil, vanilla powder, sea salt, a touch of baking powder and other natural and fairly … [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...]

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