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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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Kiskadee La Red 85%

This bar has been in my collection for just two months, but it seems a lifetime as I’ve spending more time managing my chocolate retail business than actually reviewing chocolate. Righting that wrong now I explore this lovely chocolate from a new chocolate maker out of Texas, USA: Kiskadee Chocolates. Laura Atlas is the lady behind it and we had a good emailwag (an electronic version of a chinwag)...

Duffy’s 83% Corazon ...

I’m currently a walking disaster zone. As I’ve taken a week off work to be an ex-politician (spend more time with my family) I find myself scrambling to get work done. I needed a break and with the knowledge that I’m going to be getting a whole heap of chocolate soon from Duffy I thought I’d better review one of the bars I purchased from him last month. Rustling through my chocolate...

Pump Street Bakery 58% Mad...

Tragedy has struck. I have some magical shrinking chocolate. I first opened this new dark milk from The Pump Street Bakery a week ago. In the intervening, stress-filled week, I have managed to consume all but six remaining squares. I know that each of the other twenty-or-so others helped immensely with whatever tribulation I was faced with at the time. The way I see this new offering is that it is a...

Chocolate Society Blond Wi...

When the Valrhona Blonde first came to the market I was sceptical. My long-held prejudice against white chocolate didn’t last long, however, as those 15 minutes I spent alone with it completely changed my perception of the medium. But now I have Al’s interpretation which has been diligently adulterated with Helen Mon, Angelsey sea salt. It seems that many chocolatiers and chocolate makers have...

Paul A. Young Whole Bean t...

The juxtaposition between the salubrious lives of those that purchase fine chocolate from the likes of Paul A. Young and the mere existence of those that are at the genesis of a bar’s life is as troubling as it is stark. But within it exists a paradox that just has to change. Plaudits are given to chocolatiers in abundance. They are renowned, revered and exalted. Forgotten, however, are the bands of...

Marc DeMarquette Luxury Ch...

I’ve never known a chocolate reviewer make chocolates worthy of an award. Similarly I’ve never known a restaurant critic with a Michelin Star nor a wine critic a Decanter Award, neither has Jeremy Clarkson won a Grand Prix. Essentially, those that can’t, preach. It would be difficult for Marc to reach the heady heights of the Royal Merina Chocolates, who could? But trying to provide...

Antica Dolceria Bonajuto 4...

So there’s here’s a 45% dark chocolate. That’s right, most of this rustic chocolate bar is the carbohydrate that’s (rightly) had so much bad press recently. Seeing as I’ve been munching on 100% most of the day I thought turn tail and try some mega sweet chocolate. But it isn’t all that sweet. I just love the chocolate Dolceria Bonajuto make. It’s not...

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.