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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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Favarger New Flavoured Bar...

Chocolate doesn’t have to be single origin to float my boat. Chocolate which pushes any of my numerous buttons can come in many different guises. Today the dapper Johnathon Tailyour who represents Favarger dropped by these three new bars: a Cassis, a Honey and almond and an Apricot – which I’ve already unwrapped and devoured part of. At certain times of the day I absolutely need my taste...

Caribeans en Puerto Viejo,...

A couple of years ago I tried to buy some chocolate from Caribeans but they seemed to get lost in the post. But now having found the Chocolate Craft website in Costa Rica which offers chocolate from a variety of local growers and makers I thought I’d give them another go – along with some other bars. So now I have their ‘Special Reserve’ 72% to try out. It seems the trend in Costa...

Sir Hans Sloane Hot Chocol...

I’m so lastminute.chocolate. I’ve not got anything for my wife for Valentines. The thought did cross my mind, however, when I saw that this chocolate heart full of hot chocolate has the initial ‘L’ on it. Obviously that is a gesture designed by the guys at Sir Hans Sloane to indicate that these hearts can be personalised, but coincidently ‘L’ is also my wife’s...

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...

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.