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.
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.
Here I consider the focus and approach of Divine through some chats I've had with their employees and representatives and as a result of trying three of their new bars.
Innovation is key to the success of premium quality chocolatiers. Many will churn out average quality products with impunity and are lapped up by a largely unknowing chocolate-buying public. But innovation shouldn’t just rest with the chocolatier taking couverture and playing with new inclusions, it should also rest with the chocolate maker. This is exactly what the Valrhona have done with the two...
Two new bars from Ara found their way to my desk and I'm damn glad that they have. They're fantastic - but both completely different. Strangely the Venezuelan has a good level of intensity while the Belize is very soft and creamy.
This is a chocolate that has an internal battle. It cannot make up its mind if it is a refined Venezueland chocolate or a more brutish Ecuador.
I rose early today for the Chocolate Show. I'm knackered. But I'd not have it any other way.
Surprisingly this was a very intense offering from Willie's. The great thing was that it was also full of intereresting flavours.
This is certainly a dark flavoured chocolate you'll never forget as it's got blood in it.
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.