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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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