Chocolat lovers – how to buy seriously good artisan chocolate

  • Chocolat Lovers is a boutique atelier devoted to seriously good Artisan and organic Chocolate. There has been such a flowering in fine chocolate making over the past decade, that the dizzy array of chocolate on offer can seem utterly bewildering. Chocolatiers are the new culinary super stars. Do you want raw, single estate, with cacao nibs or embellished with rose petals and real gold leaf? And let’s not forget the art of novelty in chocolate? – Anyone for chocolate fish ‘n’ chips?

So, as you all know how much I can’t live without seriously good organic chocolate, with added benefits – I am going to share my excitement at meeting Charlotte and Julia, two amazing women behind Chocolat Lovers www.chocolatlovers.co.uk


Julia and Charlotte have tasted and travelled their way around the UK from the Highlands of Scotland to elegant, historic Henley, to uncover the new wave of chocolate stars and alchemists with chocolate to tantalise the most discerning palate from raw to sugar free and organic and Fairtrade too.  Chocolat Lovers takes the guesswork out of buying from small, emerging chocolatiers.

For real, high quality chocolate is one of one of the most versatile, interesting and good for you ingredients that really does deserve the epithet – food of the gods

The art of the chocolatier - Rose and Champagne truffles at The Chocolate Tree.

The art of the chocolatier – Rose and Champagne truffles at The Chocolate Tree.

My highlights: Mulu’s utterly cute, raw chocolate truffles, which resemble edible jewels; to Gorvett and Stone’s extraordinary, all that glitters, miraculous, Christmas coal, cinder toffee; and Seed and Bean, this year’s official chocolate purveyors at Glastonbury, who have just launched their rather naughty and adorable, handbag sized chocolate bars – with my favourite  – a 72 per cent extra dark bar with mandarin and ginger. This is a satisfying bar, with just the right combination of bittersweet cacao, orange and a spice, with a lingering after hit of ginger.

Gorvett and Stone's ingenious chocolate coal, with zingy notes of citrus and sweet, local honey.

Gorvett and Stone’s ingenious chocolate coal, with zingy notes of citrus and sweet, local honey.

Ah so much chocolate! How could I pick a favourite? Well, it was tough. My ultimate chocolate crush is: The Chocolate Tree’s Strawberry and Black pepper bar. These exquisite artisan bars are mini masterpieces in chocolate art. They also taste as good as they look. Each bar is hand finished with pretty pieces of dried strawberry, which works very well with the spice note of black pepper. I also like the zingy, fruits of the forest bar.

This is a grown up, sophisticated chocolate bar that will have you purring with pleasure. Now here’s a thought. How about accessorizing a dress with matching chocolate art? There is just one problem. These bars are so beautiful you might indulge in a little agony before unwrapping each handcrafted bar, and savouring every bite – but not for too long!  All part of the pleasurable ritual -yummy!

Chocolate Lovers also offer fine, artisan champagne, from small, handpicked producers that you won’t find in your local supermarket and exquisite Fairtrade roses. So whenever you want to treat yourself or buy a very thoughtful gift, try Chocolat Lovers – you won’t be disappointed.

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