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Top 10 Easter Eggs for Grown Ups

March 24 2015

Thanks to Britain’s buoyant chocolate scene, Easter Day is no longer solely the preserve of young children. There are now some distinctly grown-up Easter treats out there, perfect for gifts for your beloved or as an indulgent treat for yourself. From the talented chocolatier Mark Demarquette comes his playful Hot Cross Easter Eggs, a box of six dainty, little, subtly hued chocolate eggs,  each filled with a soft-textured, thick, flavoured […]

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Top 10 Easter Treats for Kids

March 16 2015

With Easter weekend coming up, this is the time to stock up with Easter treats for the children. Here are our recommendations for the perfect chocolate creations to put a happy smile on kids’ faces this Easter. From the good people at Divine, the Fairtrade chocolate company co-owned by cocoa farmers through the Kuapo Kooko chocolate co-operative in Ghana, comes a humorously packaged Easter treat. Divine have teamed up with […]

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Mast Brothers: The Craft of Chocolate

February 11 2015

The arrival in London of the Mast Brothers, Brooklyn’s acclaimed bean-to-bar pioneers, is something to be celebrated. London’s chocolate scene is thriving and the fact that these noted American chocolate makers have chosen to open their second chocolate factory in London, rather than say Paris or Brussels, is confirmation of its vitality. Rick and Michael Mast, the eponymous brothers who founded the company in 2007, bring a particular, gloriously obsessive […]

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Valentine’s Day: British Chocolatiers’ Creativity

February 3 2015

Spare a thought for our hard-working chocolatiers, with their work calendar dominated by key dates – Christmas, Valentine’s Day and Easter –  all of which require them to produce chocolates created especially for these occasions. The relentless schedule can be “daunting,” laughs Marc Demarquette of Demarquette Fine Chocolates, “because you have to come up with something new to demonstrate your skill, your craft.” On the other hand, Marc confesses that […]

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Have a Heart: The Valentine’s Day Chocolate Box Auction

January 22 2015

In a heartwarming chocolate-themed event for charity, a glittering array of chefs have signed up to create glorious, exclusive Valentine’s Day chocolate boxes which will be sold in an eBay auction in order to raise money for Galvin’s Chance. The impressive line-up of chefs  includes such legendary figures as Michel Roux Jnr of Le Gavroche, Raymond Blanc of Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons, Jamie Oliver,  Simon Rogan of Fera and […]

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The Chocolate of Montecristi: A taste of Ecuador

January 14 2015

Historically, cacao – which grows  in the world’s tropical regions – has been transformed into chocolate outside its country of origin, often in Europe or North America. Excitingly, the world of chocolate is seeing a new movement manifest itself, with countries of origin transforming their own cacao into chocolate.  Companies such as the Grenada Chocolate Company (founded on the island of Grenada by the visionary Mott Green working with local […]

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