It’s National Chocolate Week and seeing as chocolate is one of my ultimate favourite things in life (I rarely go a day without eating a square – everyone needs a vice right?), I figured I’m in a fairly good position to talk about some of the best chocolate bars out there. Trust me, I’ve tried a lot.
Now, I’m not proclaiming to be an expert, but there are a few things I care about when it comes to chocolate:
1) Fairtrade: it’s a no-brainer
2) Interesting flavour combos (though I am partial to a Terry’s)
3) Quality of ingredients i.e. no crap
Based on this, here’s my run-down of the three bars you need to try immediately if you haven’t already.
Divine – Toffee and Sea Salt
I’m yet to try a Divine bar and be disappointed. And the Toffee and Sea Salt is no exception. In fact it’s unbelievably good, especially if you’re a fan of salted caramel (toffee / caramel, same difference). The chocolate is perfectly creamy and melts in the mouth, and unlike other milk chocolates in its not overly sweet thanks to the saltiness.
It’s not mega cheap, but it is Fairtrade. Divine Chocolate is part-owned by the Kuapa Kokoo Cooperative, ensuring farmers get a fair price for their crops. In my mind it’s worth every penny.
Nom Nom – Milk Chocolate with Sea Salt
An unintentional theme has developed here, but if you’re a fan of the sweet/salty combo, then this is not one to be missed. Handmade in Wales using Halen Mon (Anglesey) sea salt, you can taste the love that has gone into each bar. Absolutely silky smooth on the palate, it’s a real winner.
The packaging is super cute too. I’m a massive fan of simplicity, and brown paper gets my vote every time.
Montezuma’s – Spice it Up
Dark chocolate and ginger are a timeless combination, and this has to be the best incarnation I’ve tried. As well as adding spice, the ginger adds a nice sweetness to the bitter dark chocolate. I like to have a few squares with a cup of tea. If you’re a ginger fan, you’ve got to try it!
Montezuma’s also make lots of other lovely flavours too; I particularly like the chilli and orange ones in the organic range. Yum.