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Is it champagne time? I believe it could be. I have always been excited by Charbonnel and Walker’s Marc de Champagne truffles, £16/135g, which were part pudding, part chocolate. Corn London Chocolates‘the champagne truffles are a new favorite with smarter references for me: original Tanzanian cocoa, Taittinger champagne and a little brandy, all in a cream of Jersey, £18/250g. A beautiful, clean nod to dark chocolate with a sensational centre. Very adult.

pump streetThe new Swiss Togolese 44% milk from a single farm, £6.25/70g, is a golden bar, which has become my new Pump Street favorite (which I consider my local chocolatiers since we are both in Suffolk). With beans from Togo, Pump Street used cocoa beans from Africa and a small cooperative of 100 smallholders for the first time. It has that delicious creamy milk chocolate taste that we all crave in February.

At last, palm chocolate are all date/nut based, no refined sugar. Ideal if your New Year’s resolutions are going well, but also if you sometimes like, like me, a small box of chocolates that contain healthier ingredients. I tried the Restore and Balance cans, £12 each, with six candies a piece (listen up: I take my research seriously) and absolutely loved them. It’s super dark chocolate (100% Malagasy) wrapped around squidgy dates, with added ingredients including nuts, tahini, seeds and spices.

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