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Demarquette Royal Merin...
There can be few more memorable chocolate experiences this year than these sublime dark chocolate ganaches from Marc Demarquette. The flavours roll around, but aren't too dark. They're rich, creamy and elegant.
Pierre Marcolini Select...
In terms of the overall experience, this chocolate selection box has to be the best of 2011.
Geert Vercruysse Select...
Undoubtably one of my chocolate highlights of 2010. If you ever get the chance to try a Geert Vercruysse Selection I can assure you, you won't regret it!
Paul A. Young Chateau C...
These Paul A. Young Chaeau Civrac 2006 Ganache Grapes are utterly fantastic. I don't have a price, but at least visit his shops to have a look.
Friis Holm Chuno 70%
The Friis Holm Chuno 70% bar has got to be one of my most favourite of all time.
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Edelmond 92% Chocolate

An intense chocolate made with CONCADO beans where the natural flavours are allowed to come through - altogether, at once.

Fruition Brown Butter 43% ...

There are few milk chocolates that make me absolutely weak at the knees. And even though this uses Dominican beans that can be a bit brutish and uncouth, the sweet, addictive flavours are simply out of this world. It’s made from what I expect is Concado DR beans along with browned butter from the Ronnybrook Farm Dairy which is local to Bryan. Although I’m generally no fan of vanilla and...

Seaforth Cow’s Milk ...

A truly lovely dark milk chocolate with the perfect balance of the cocoa and the sugar with the creamy aspects well in balance.

Traidcraft Chocolate Selec...

Seeing as the guys at JD Williams have decimated my chocolate collection it was great to have it replenished with the arrival of Traidcraft bars that David sent overĀ for me to give my thoughts on. Whenever I review Fairtrade products I always try and see the chocolate in the context of what the maker actually tries to achieve and not in direct comparison to the type of chocolate that a maker will happily...

Divine Dark Chocolate with...

Here I consider the focus and approach of Divine through some chats I've had with their employees and representatives and as a result of trying three of their new bars.

Valrhona Echantillon Manak...

Innovation is key to the success of premium quality chocolatiers. Many will churn out average quality products with impunity and are lapped up by a largely unknowing chocolate-buying public. But innovation shouldn’t just rest with the chocolatier taking couverture and playing with new inclusions, it should also rest with the chocolate maker. This is exactly what the Valrhona have done with the two...

Ara Chocolat Belize 71% an...

Two new bars from Ara found their way to my desk and I'm damn glad that they have. They're fantastic - but both completely different. Strangely the Venezuelan has a good level of intensity while the Belize is very soft and creamy.

This blog mostly features the best fine and gourmet products from artisan chocolatiers such as Amedei, Amano, Beschle, Mast Brothers, Michel Cluizel, Paul A. Young, Pralus, Valrhona and Venchi but we also do reviews of other good, but perhaps not so well-known companies as Booja Booja, Charbonnel et Walker and Hotel Chocolat as well as popular chocoaltes such as Galaxy Counters. I also look at gifts and experiences such as chocolate making workshops, but as they cost a fair amount I don't get to go on enough of them.