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Festive Chocolate Feasting

December 16 2014

With Christmas and New Year holidays coming up, now is the perfect time to stock up with chocolate treats. Chocolate, of course, is among the pleasures of Christmas, from the foil-wrapped chocolate coins in the toe of the stocking to the chocolate roulade on the sideboard. Nowadays, more than ever, chocolate-lovers are spoilt for choice when it comes to chocolate indulgences to enjoy over the festive season. With those traditional […]

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Choco Christmas Gifts: Present ideas for chocolate lovers this Christmas

December 2 2014

If you’re at a loss at what to buy for presents this Christmas, draw inspiration from the creative world of British chocolate. Gold and silver foil-wrapped chocolate coins are, of course, a Christmas stocking staple but there are is a wealth of witty chocolate novelties to choose from. Hotel Chocolat offers a Christmas Jumper anyone would be pleased to receive – as it’s in the form of a milk chocolate […]

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The Mighty Bûches

November 28 2014

Valrhona, the French chocolate company, is highly regarded within the world of pastry chefs both for their high-quality chocolate and, importantly,  for the practical support and training the company offers to patissiers working with their chocolate.  This Christmas, Valrhona has teamed up with twelve leading UK pastry chefs at establishments including hotels, restaurants and patisseries in a project showcasing both their considerable pastry skills and the scope offered by chocolate. […]

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An appetising taste of Akesson’s chocolate

November 21 2014

The rise of high-end chocolate shops in London is a sign of the interest in quality chocolate in the UK. In recent years, talented chocolatiers, such as Paul A Young, have opened shops in the capital, while Alexeeva & Jones curates and showcases fine chocolate from an array of chocolate makers and chocolatiers. The arrival of Akesson’s chocolate shop in Notting Hill, however, represents something different – a direct route […]

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Valrhona: Chocolate Creativity

October 28 2014

Among the world of chocolatiers and pastry chefs, French chocolate company Valrhona is both widely used and well-respected.  “Valrhona is one of those high-quality brands which you can trust to deliver consistent quality,” says Benoit Blin, Head Pastry chef at Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons. “You know as a pastry chef that you will have an interesting ingredient to work with and an easy ingredient to work with.” Chocolatier and pastry […]

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A Chocolate Education

October 14 2014

Martin Christy  is a man with a mission. In fact, several missions. All to do with chocolate and enhancing our knowledge of chocolate. An influential and well-respected figure in the world of chocolate, Martin Christy’s personal fascination with chocolate saw him setting up an early chocolate website – the widely-read seventypercent – and co-founding the International Chocolate Awards. Among his several chocolate-related projects, is the recent setting up of the […]

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