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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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Booja Booja Chilled Chocol...

We all remember our first kiss. When we reminisce we seem to do so with rose-tinted glasses. When I first started reviewing chocolate all those years ago Booja Booja truffles were one of the first non-mass-market chocolates I ever blogged about. I absolutely adored them.  In my formative reviewing years I experienced various other forms of truffle from them, some better than others. Everybody evolves....

Thé de cacao & citron...

Not only does Ara Chocolat produce some lovely chocolate but they’re also lovely people too. At The Chocolate Festival I finally got to talk to them face-to-face after stocking many of their wares and during that conversation I saw they had some chocolate tea and with the thought of how well Duffy’s tea does I thought I’d purchase some of ARA’s lemon-flavoured offering. Between...

Montecristi Chocolate

Manabi is responsible for some pretty fine good cacao and some very good chocolate has been produced from it, not least from Pacari and to a lesser degree Republica del Cacao so when Susana, who I’ve known quite a while let me know about her new venture making chocolate from cacao from her home region of Ecuador then my interest was more than piqued. Interestingly we caught up at the Academy of...

Hotel Chocolat Supermilk 6...

For my sins I often reach in my chocolate stash of half eaten review bars my heart will sink when I pick out a milk bar. My natural point of chocolate equilibrium is usually achieved with a dark chocolate with rolling flavours – typically a Friis Holm. But just I’m partial to the odd bit of Phil Collins as well as Daft Punk I’ll slip down the cocoas and indulge myself in a milk. There is...

Demarquette African Queen

Of any chocolatier that I regularly feature here that I actually think ‘sod the photography’ whenever I set up a review it has to be Demarquette. They just look so astonishingly gorgeous that the dullness of setting up the camera, thinking about lighting and all the rest of the nonsense that comes to with doing reviews is just an unwelcome distraction. What’s more, in my line of work...

The Chocolatier New Zealan...

It could be said that if you wanted to see who is new in the world of ‘bean to bar’ chocolate that you should just keep an eye on Kickstarter. It’s great that there’s a new worldwide passion for authentic chocolate, and there is a certain amount of intrigue in seeing how people start to commercialise what they do. Of course their offerings are not going to be as polished as...

Original Beans Cru Virunga...

The manifestation of Original Bean’s ethical stance is beyond reproach.  The difficulties they wilfully encounter such as military hostility in the Democratic Republic of Congo, environmental conservation, the desire to preserve ‘heirloom cacao’, farmer welfare … If there was a maker that typified not taking the people and the product for granted, it has to be Original Beans. But...

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.