Gotta Have It
It's National Chocolate Week so we're legally obliged to scoff this lot. Introducing our new favourite brand plus the best local chocolate makers. YUM.
Move over Kit Kat, we’ve got a new favourite chocolate bar. Are you familiar with Tony’s Chocolonely? It’s Holland’s best-selling brand, launched here earlier this year and is currently Muddy’s afternoon slump snack of choice.
First things first, it tastes divine, with flavours including milk chocolate, caramel and sea salt; milk chocolate, pretzel and toffee; and dark chocolate, almond and sea salt. Don’t make us choose our favourite. Plus the bars are gorgeously chunky with vibrant packaging and typography straight outta Willy Wonka’s factory.
But, crucially, it’s ethical. Much of the world’s cocoa comes from West Africa, where slavery and child labour are rife. Tony’s keep a close eye on their supply chain, build long-term relationships with their farmers and pay a fair price for their beans. Which means you can nail that massive 180g bar in front of the telly and still feel virtuous. Or if you fancy prising yourself off the sofa for a trip to the smoke, head to Bluebird Chelsea this week for a limited edition Tony’s Chocolonely’s all-chocolate afternoon tea. Don’t forget the elasticated trousers for that jaunt.
Keen to up your cocoa consumption even further this National Chocolate Week Here are 3 local chocolate makers for your delectation. Pop a bar under our office door, won’t you?
Choc n Roll Fargo Village
A family run business in Warwickshire, making the colourful hand made chocolates and macaroons. You can buy their chocolates online or visit their Coventry chocolate shop. You can also learn how to make chocolates in their purpose-made studio at FarGo Village.
Henley Chocolates, Yew Tree Farm, Henley-in-Arden
Handmade artisan chocolates made using sustainably sourced local ingredients. More unusual flavours include raspberry & blackcurrant caramel truffles, Stratford Gin/Rhubarb Gin and Ginger chocolate truffles and spiced apple caramel. During weekends and school holidays (11am -4pm) their door is always open for ‘make your own 30-minute chocolate sessions‘ for 2-3 children (or adults!). Chocolate making parties can also be arranged.
Further afield: The Chocolate Mill MK, Milton Keynes
Steve Mills runs his online chocolaterie from Milton Keynes, specialising in different flavours of truffle. He’s got vegan options and can make your wedding favours.