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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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Berger Dark Chocolate from...

Sometimes I’ll buy chocolate in the mindset of what I expect a typical ‘punter’ would have: ignorance. That sounds harsh, but it’s a simple fact that many people that buy supermarket chocolate either have non-existent knowledge of key terminology or principles or have manipulated or just incomplete knowledge. In this particular example I wanted to have the mindset of somebody that...

Fonderia del Cacao 70%

Fonderia del Cacao are Italian chocolate makers with an entrepreneurial background that have come together to try and make chocolate – it seems exclusively from Ecuadorian beans. Everyone, it seems like to play on the historical relevance to them. Here Fonderia comment on the role of the Medici family financing Francesco Carletti to explore the world for new foods which resulted in cocoa being...

Tadzio Chocolate

Sometimes I’ll get chocolate through my letter box with no information. It’s like receiving a message to meet somebody at a secret location with no explanation: intriguing but slightly disconcerting. Thankfully with a bit of digging I found that Kavey has tried some of this chocolate recently and there she gives a bit of a background to why Tad started making chocolate – inspiration from...

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 over 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...

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.