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Where to buy decent chocolate in the North West

March 4 2013

There was a time when chocolate lovers in the northwest of England faced something of a dilemma when looking for decent fare beyond the usual Cadbury’s, Thorntons and Nestlé offerings. But a quiet evolution seems to have been taking place of late, driven by changing tastes and the enormous cultural and economic energy of the region. For those whose taste in chocolate starts with quirky English novelty there’s the 1657 […]

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2013’s Valentine’s Day Chocolates

February 8 2013

Alongside red roses, chocolate has become the iconic gift for Valentine’s Day. Chocolatier.co.uk surveyed the Valentine’s Day chocolate scene to see what was out there this year. Whether you’re looking for a little treat for your loved one or an indulgent, extravagant indulgence to show how much you care, there’s certainly no shortage of Valentine’s Day chocolate options. Divine chocolate hearts Unsurprisingly, hearts abound, from the House of Dorchester’s box […]

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Review: Hotel Chocolat Raspberry Jam

October 5 2012

Hotel Chocolat’s Raspberry Jam isn’t in fact a jam, but twenty two flavoured truffles. The truffles are playfully presented in a real glass jam jar with a thick paper across the lid making it a great looking product. Within a milk chocolate (40% cocoa) truffle casing, each one about the size of a Malteaser, is a flavoursome raspberry flavoured white chocolate ganache. The sweet milk chocolate provides a pleasing counterbalance […]

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Review: Hot Pineapple truffles

September 24 2012

These Hot Pineapple truffles are part of the Selectors range from high street chocolatiers, Hotel Chocolat. Selectors offers a changing selection of recipes using a wide range of ingredients. These Hot Pineapple truffles take a pineapple and chilli spiced ganache and encase it in dark chocolate. On top of that is a blob of white chocolate, coloured to look like a nut. Allowing the the 70% cocoa exterior to melt […]

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International Chocolate Awards announce European winners

June 26 2012

THE WINNERS in the European Semi Final round of the International Chocolate Awards have been announced. Gold awards went to legendary Michael Cluizel in the Dark Bar, Milk Bar and organic Dark categories. Kent-based Damian Allsop’s Eat London range triumphed in the Flavoured Dark Bar and Flavoured Milk Bar categories and he also scooped Gold in the Flavoured Dark Filled Chocolates category. Damian told Chocolatier.co.uk, “the team and I are […]

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Chocolatier.co.uk’s hot chocolate taste test

May 14 2012

For much of its history, chocolate has been consumed in liquid form as a drink, rather than eaten as a solid. Ground cocoa, sweetened with sugar and flavoured with aromatic spices, was mixed with water or milk to make drinking chocolate. During the 17th century in Europe chocolate houses, like coffee houses, became popular places in which to meet and talk and sample this exotic new drink, hot chocolate. Not […]

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