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 HQ’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 6 local chocolate makers for your delectation. Pop a bar under our office door, won’t you?
Rumsey’s, Wendover and Thame
These sweet (in both senses) cafés sell incredible artisan chocs which are handmade on site and run hugely popular kids’ chocolate making workshops.
Gorvette & Stone, Henley
This café and shop in Duke Street is known for its creative flavours and supplies Fortnum & Mason.
Their apricot and rosemary combo won a Great Taste award and you can watch the chocolatiers at this high street shop at work through a viewing window.
The Chocolate Libertine, Stoke Poges
This rural Bucks chocolaterie (online only) supplies Selfridges and Harvey Nichols with its gorgeously artistic designs. Be sure to check out their imaginative Halloween range.
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.
Linny Lane, Woburn Sands
Sample Linny’s choccy delights on Woburn Sands Community Market, or book into one of her workshops or corporate classes (now that’s our kinda team-building session). She has an amazing CV of clients, including Magnum and John Lewis, so you’re in safe (if slightly sticky) hands.
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