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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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Shibui Chocolate & Gi...

  Breakfast tea is boring. For generations there’s been a wide variety of interesting tea leaves available to us but we, as a nation, crave the same type of morning cuppa. For a while I’ve been extending my collection of herbal and flavoured teas, I’ve even devoted a kitchen cupboard to them – much to the disgust of my wife. It’s just that there’s something special...

Wellington Chocolate Craft...

On my recent Radio 2 appearance I was asked about what the best chocolate makers were and I mentioned that the Wellington Chocolate Factory was one that comes to mind. That opinion certainly hasn’t changed after tasting this ‘Craft Beer Bar’. That previous experience was all about the chocolate itself – there were no inclusions and nothing to distract you from the beautiful, adult...

Meadowlands Dominican Repu...

Having traversed the first three months of looking after a new-born, it’s time to devote more time to working through my ‘reviews’ chocolate stash. The first I’m going to look at is one that I’ve had my eye on for a good while: Meadowland’s DR 70%. It’s far too often to stereotype chocolate made with Dominican Republic cacao as being harsh, brutal, earthy and...

Svenksak Kakaobolaget Sri ...

The only other time I’ve come across Sri Lankan cocoa is the popular Bonnat Ceylan (which we are currently out of stock of) and this is a nation that has had such a tumultuous past, not least with the British Colonial occupation but also the Civil War that I remember so much hearing about as I grew up. Given that over the last two-to-three hundred years the ‘Sacred Island’ has been...

Omnom Madgascar 66%

The Papua New Guinea 70% from the Icelandic bean to bar chocolate maker was fantastic, so with gleeful joy I bounded into this Madagascar 66%. The problem with this origin is that its getting a bit like Ecuador – lovely chocolate but I’m seeing it more and more frequently, I do look an awful lot for chocolate, however! Visually it was a touch disappointing given the pot marks on each segment...

Ara Chocolat Trinitario Gu...

The area around Lake Maracaibo in Venezuela produces some utterly fantastic chocolate, most notably using Porcelana cocoa from the southern reaches. Towards the north, and close to the Colombian border we believe the cocoa used to make this chocolate comes from. The issue is that Guasare is not only a strain of cacao, but also a place and also a river. Knowing that Domori produce a fantastic Criollo and...

Madagascar 70% Chilli Choc...

The South Devon Chilli Farm hold a place very dear in my heart. My second culinary passion are chilies. Seemingly I’ll eat about three a week. I’d put them in sandwiches, pasta and have them ground with salt to spice up many other meals. But what does annoy me about is that when people combine them with chocolate is that they use to use mass-produced, poor quality chilli oil rather than...

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.