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Review: Fortnum & Mason Florentines

February 24 2012

Dare I say this on a chocolate website? Yes. Sometimes, chocolate is too… chocolatey. It’s sometimes too sweet, it’s not always what you fancy and you might like something else to with it (that’s why McVitities invented the Chocolate Hobnob). Not instead of, just with. And that’s where the florentine comes into its own. The florentine is like a fruity, chocolatey, toffee-ey (it’s a word, shush now) treat. I can […]

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Review: Melt Chocolate Caramels

October 27 2011

I know that I’m meant to go to a chocolate shop for chocolate (especially when writing for a blog about chocolate), but chocolate shop extraordinaire Melt are hiding a little secret. They’ve wrapped up their very best treat in pale brown parchment paper and hidden it away from the chocolate fiends. Their caramels are my very favourite things in the shop. It’s the best caramel I’ve ever had and pushed […]

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Review: Charbonnel et Walker Dark Marc de Champagne Bar

September 29 2011

I’m not the biggest fan of dark chocolate. I like smooth, milky and creamy, so picking up a Dark Marc de Champagne Bar in Charbonnel et Walker was probably a strange choice. But I had already bought the pink champagne truffles, so that ruled out that variation. And I was swindled by the packaging. In what world does a dark chocolate bar go in a white box? That’s just cheating. […]

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Review: Ladurée Chocolate Macarons

September 16 2011

Macarons divide people. Some hate them. Some are sick of them being everywhere and think they’re too sickly sweet. I adore them. They fascinate me. Because I’ve tried to make them myself and I don’t think there is a baked good that will leave to more stumped. There are so many ways they can go wrong. Mine always crack. They’re pesky little blighters. Yet LadurĂ©e make them look easy. They’re […]

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Review: Fortnum & Mason Chocolate Box

September 8 2011

Fortnum & Mason is a mix of hilarious and intimidating. Hilarious because I’m sure some tourists think that us Londoners shop there all the time. And intimidating because oh my goodness it’s fancy. Did you know that you can spend over eighty quid on honey? And that there’s even a waiting list for some varieties? It’s swanky here. But the key thing is that while you’re paying for a name, […]

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Review: Charbonnel et Walker Pink Marc De Champagne Truffles

August 31 2011

I’ve always heard about Charbonnel et Walker. Mutterings here and there, whisperings about them. Lots of pretty and exclusive things on Bond Street get whispered about. While I’d never tried their famed pink champagne truffles, I’d always swooned over their packaging. Let me be clear about this: there is no sexier chocolate box in London. I’m certain of it. Neuhaus probably comes pretty close, but I don’t care for their […]

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