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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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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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Charity chocolate bar sales rocket after Sainsbury’s Christmas TV advert

November 14 2014

SAINBURY’S is reported to be selling 5,000 bars of chocolate every hour after it was featured in an emotional new advertising campaign. The advert which premiered this week to widespread acclaim recounts the story of a football match played by German and British soldiers who downed weapons on Christmas Day, 1914. In a poignant finale to the “Christmas is for Sharing” advert which was produced by AMV BBDO, a German […]

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Historic Goddards stately home to mark Chocolate Week in style

October 9 2014

Goddards in York – Photo: North News & Pictures / Chris Ratcliffe A HISTORIC property in York is marking Chocolate Week with a number of chocolately events. Goddards – the Grade I-listed former home of Noel Goddard Terry – will have chocolate talks, chocolate tastings and the chance to design your own Terry’s chocolate box.  There will also be chocolate trails around the impressive property which at one time served […]

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Chantal Coady awarded an OBE

July 31 2014

The announcement in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in June 2014 that ‘Ms Chantal Jane Coady, Chocolatier’  was to be awarded an OBE ‘For services to Chocolate Making’ marks a significant moment in the British chocolate scene. It is, as James Booth, Chantal’s husband and MD of Rococo Chocolates, the chocolate company Chantal founded in 1983, observes “a coming of age”.  Those who’ve watched the rise of Britain’s quality chocolate […]

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Selfridges Chocolate Library

Selfridges opens exciting new Chocolate Library

April 17 2014

In an exciting new addition to London’s chocolate shopping scene, Selfridges has now opened a ‘Chocolate Library’ featuring over 400 chocolate bars in its refurbished and expanded Confectionary Hall, complete with a Chocarian to helpfully guide you through what’s on offer. Strikingly laid out along a long wall, the assorted bars, with packaging ranging from discreet to flamboyant, are an appealing sight. While, sadly, one can’t ‘borrow’ a chocolate bar […]

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