Valentine’s Day Chocolates – 2015

One of the most important (and lucrative) times of the year for chocolatiers is Valentine’s day. So here is my round-up of the best British Valentine’s chocolate around, to please every chocolate aficionado.

Montezuma’s Valentine’s Chocolate Truffle Selection – £10.99 for 16 truffles

Beautiful packaging with diddy little truffles, with the following flavours:

  • White chocolate with Strawberry ganache
  • Milk chocolate with Maple Syrup ganache
  • Dark Chocolate and White chocolate with Vanilla ganache

Valentine's (x16) Truffle Collection

The Chocolate Society – The Valentine’s Collection 2015 – £24.50 for 18 handmade hearts

Artisan handmade chocolates, made with Valrhona couverture in small batches.

Flavours include:

  • Blonde sea salt caramel
  • Raspberry and Rose caramel
  • Madagascan truffle

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Demarquette – Chocolate Caramel Hearts – 6 hearts for £12

Melting caramels made with fresh fruit purées.

  • Devon Strawberry caramel
  • Passion Fruit caramel

Demarquette Luxury Chocolates: Chocolate Caramel Hearts

Lauden – Strawberries & Cream Chocolates – £10 for 10 hearts

Dark chocolate shells filled with a dreamy strawberries and cream filling.

10 x Strawberries and Cream Chocolates

Chococo – The Love Pod – £17.50

A Venezuelan chocolate cocoa pod, filled with fresh truffles and chocolates.

Flavours include:

  • Melting Milk Truffles
  • Raspberry Riot
  • Salt Sweet Smoke
  • Romantic Rose
  • Champagne and Kalamansi
  • Perfect Passion

Melt – Valentine’s Box – 10 fresh chocolates for £19

  • White chocolate bonbon with raspberry marshmallow filling
  • Dark chocolate hearts with salted caramel
  • Rose and Lychee pate de fruits
  • Dark chocolate crunchy square
  • Gianduja dome

And finally, my personal favourite…

The Chocolatier (Aneesh Popat)  – Love Heart – £25

A glorious chocolate heart, filled with Piedmont hazelnut praline, rice crisps, caramelised hazelnut crumble and popping candy. Deelish!

Now, although not strictly chocolate, I had to include this little beauty. The packaging, the contents and the description just made me salivate.

Anges de Sucre – Valentine’s Sweet Treat Box – £15

Each box includes two macarons, two marshmallows, one muffle (a marshmallow truffle) and two teacakes.

Valentine's Day Surprise Sweet Treat Box

Happy Valentine’s everyone!

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Gorgeous, British Made Easter Eggs

I admit, I love a decadent Easter Egg. The more bonbons and bunnies the better, but sometimes, it’s the egg itself that is the show-stopper. Here is my pick of the British bunch of eggs-traordinary eggs (and a few other Easter treats)…

Large Dark Swirled Easter Egg – The Chocolate Society

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The Classic Ostrich Easter Egg – Hotel Chocolat

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Large milk and white stripe chocolate egg with flower shape – Nicky Grant

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Dark Chocolate House Dark Truffles Easter Egg – William Curley

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Psychedelic Egg – The Cocoa Mistress

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Butterfly Chocolate Egg – Paul Wayne Gregory

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Pink Marc de Champagne Truffle Easter Egg – Charbonnel et Walker

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Mellow Yellow Duckling – Artisan Du Chocolat

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Green Easter Bunny – Melt

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White Chocolate mice popping Pralines – Demarquette

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The Chocolate Festival

This weekend, a friend and I visited the Chocolate Festival held at the Southbank Centre in London. We arrived at 12pm, and the place was completely packed! There were stalls, showcasing some amazing chocolate creations, and we must have spent at least three or four hours, perusing the area, finding some unusual flavour combinations and fantastic Christmas-y smells.

We ended up spending a fortune at William Curley, Artisan Du Chocolat, Demarquette and  Herzog. Unfortunately, we didn’t manage to even reach the Rococo stall, as there were so many people clambering to sample their fare, but we left happy and content nonetheless.

Afterwards, we hopped onto the tube, and hotfooted it to Paul A Young‘s boutique, in Soho, where we guzzled their sublime Hot Chocolate (made with water, not milk!) and I sampled their infamous, award-winning Chocolate Brownie.

Of course, a trip to Soho, is not complete, without collecting some chocolate-covered coffee beans from The Algerian Coffee Store. I also picked up a block of my favourite hot chocolate – Xocolata Pedra – a blend of high quality cocoa and warming spices, delicious melted in a cup of hot milk.

Such a wonderful weekend, and I am looking forward to tasting all of my chocolate goodies over the next few days. I feel so lucky to live near London, where there are so many talented chocolatiers and unique food businesses. I’m looking forward to sharing my food adventures with you and hope you are able to experience some of them for yourselves.