Chocolate tastes better in winter (Pralus Colombie)

So the temperature is slowly dipping here in the UK, a little disappointingly after such a useless summer, but this does bring a small thrill inside as everything seems to be moving a little faster and there’s a more of a buzz on the streets. Then there’s that ‘nip’ in the air, which tells us ..

Manjari saves the day, Lindt disappoints

So after some disappointment brought about by my Guanaja kilo, a bar of Manjari the following day restored some of my faith in Valrhona. Fruity and light and full flavoured, this was a real treat and shows how good Valrhona can be at their best. Still, this is again in contrast to reports over the ..

Back to beginnings (Valrhona Guanaja)

My first encounter with fine chocolate was back in 1993. On one foodie wandering day, I was in Harrod’s food halls and was, unsurprisingly, lingering in the confectionery room. There I found myself face to face with a small display of products by a company called ‘Valrhona’. At the end of an aisle and no ..

Out of date? (Michel Cluizel Concepcion)

‘Best before’ dates are tricky. No one wants to receive or buy something that’s close or past it’s ‘best before’ date, but it should be remembered that those dates mean best, before – not "eat by this date or the chocolate will suddenly decompose into grey powder". If you keep your chocolate well, there’s a ..

Left-overs are the best (Pralus Ghana)

Last week the Academy of Chocolate was invited to show their collective wares at an ICCO event in London. Seventypercent was their to promote the fine chocolate message and offer samples of origin chocolate to representatives of cocoa growing and consumer countries from around the world. Big events almost always mean left over samples, and ..

Be more healthy – eat more chocolate

18th Century etching of sick woman.Is chocolate the worlds perfect food?

Chris Chung takes an irreverent but thought provoking view of both the mythical and real health benefits of chocolate. How could chocolate save your life?