One of the big problems chocolatiers face during the summer is keeping people buying chocolate throughout the warm months when there are few excuses to by chocolate other than birthdays and Father’s Day. Somehow, though, Hotel Chocolat manages to bring out new collections that really do grab the...
I love rustic chocolate like Bouga Cacao and Madre. I love the naturalness. The lack of sophistication is a style not a symptom of a lack of skill. Smooth chocolate certainly has its place, but that feeling in the mouth as you crunch into and the large chocolate crystals shoot out from beneath your teeth...
16:25 was an important time for me as I child. It was the time at which I’d arrive home after school. Those few minutes after stepping through the door had a ritual about them. I’d cast aside by bag full of books and illegible notes and trudge through the kitchen to the room that contained...
No Christmas Day morning would be complete without unwrapping a box of chocolates, and that goes for men, women, old and young alike. The issue for Father Christmas is whether he visits many different chocolate shops and buy something to please the individual recipient, or does he just pop online and find...
By the looks of it, this Hotel Chocolat Halloween Bites H-Box Selection must have been very popular as it was out of stock a week before Halloween. Of course, there will be finer treats out there, but in terms of value for money Hotel Chocolat has done very well.
I wouldn't say this is Zotter's finest hand-scooped bar of all time, but at least it's one for those people that love his unusual range. The acidity was most certainly different and added to the experience, but I would have liked more of a cheese edge to it.
This is a strange affair. Not only do not recall buying this bar of white chocolate with coconut pralinés feuilletés by Comptoir du Cacao but I’m not entirely sure if I like it or not. Logic says I shouldn’t. Hazelnut praline, white chocolate and coconut are three of my least favourite ways...
Fudge should be consumed in small amounts so it's great that Fudge Kitchen have given fans the opportunity to have small cubes of fudge with different flavours that can be enjoyed every now and then without feeling the need to consume a large piece that you were could only buy previously.
I know this chocolate bar was four months past it's best before date, but I could still pick out the ginger flavour, but that's about it. I can imagine it would be a nice bar for a Summer's evening, but it's just doesn't stand out for me.
Sir Hans Sloane has produced these white chocolate marbles for people to munch on whilst watching the Jubilee and the London Olympics on TV. There're not chocolaty in the conventional sense, but still enjoyable.
Unusually, these white foil-wrapped hearts chocolate were actually pretty nice. Perhaps I wouldn't reach for them as I do dark chocolate when I'm working and need a distraction. But still, they were a lot nicer than I thought they'd be.
If size matters for you and you've got to find the biggest box of chocolates on the high street then you should take a look at these. I found them too sweet to consume in any great quantity, but I'm sure most people will love them.
Hotel Chocolat create Valentine's gifts that have more thought put into them than many chocolatiers - especially when it comes to the functionality and process of how they're given. If you want to show you love someone and want to lay the romance on thick, then this is what you need to buy.
I had expected a great deal from these Black River Chocolates Selection Box given the price, but I just don't think they matched up to the price label. Don't get me wrong, they were nice, but not unique enough to stand out from the crowd.
There is something strangely addictive about these gourmet chocolate pizzas. Not only do they taste great but they also look cute too. These ones come in a small 3.5 inch form where you get three for £10.
This chocolate house making kit wasn't as great as I'd hoped. The chocolate wasn't great quality but it was still fin trying to put it all together. I don't think my house would resist anything but the slightest gust of wind but I still enjoyed the whole process.
Who loves Lindt chocolate? There'll certainly be a good number of people reading this blog that have bought and appreciated at least one of the Lindt golden chocolate figures. And there's a reason for it, despite being mass-produced they're not all that bad.
Purely because there are so few dark chocolate advent calendars to choose from this has to be the best. One day I'd love fine chocolate makers to offer advent calendars, but I don't think we'll see that day any time soon.
If you're a fruit and nut fan then why not give this one a go from Green & Blacks which supports the Breakthrough Breast Cancer charity. It's actually very addictive and I'm sure would be hugely appreciated.
When it comes to coverture bars there's always the problem of does the bar offer more when bought by the maker themselves? In this instance I would say so, but that may be tarnished by the fact that this bar was out of date.
It's difficult to review vegan chocolates when you're not vegan. I love creamy truffles and that was never going to happen with these ones from Montezuma's. That being said, they were still very pleasant, although a touch flat.
I had hoped for more from this Bouga Cacao bar, but at least it had a very interesting rustic nature that you don't often I get to try all that often. It was also slightly spoiled in transit so just be aware of that.
I was hoping for so much more from Pralus with this 75% bar made with Cuban cacao. But alas it was very muted and left me wanting more acidity. If you are looking for a mild dark chocolate bar with less cocoa butter then try this one.
This bespoke dark chocolate bar from chocoMe had Rose, Cherry, Strawberry and Cinnamon on top and was actually pretty nice. The only problem is that it comes from Hungary and it might not be so easy to get hold of in the UK.