The Best Luxury Chocolates for Christmas
Rococo Chocolate is a London-based chocolatier with some boutique shops, including on the famous King's Road in Chelsea. It supplies famous stores like Liberty and Selfridges. Founder Chantal Coady has created a company that three decades ago was almost unthinkable in terms of the range of flavours and imagination. The approach is unique–salted chocolates, jasmine tea bars, Arabian spices, cardamom offer a powerful but exquisite range of other worldly tastes. Their Christmas bars are based in intense dark rich chocolate with Morello Cherry, Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh and traditional Christmas pudding flavour. Coady recently received an OBE for her award winning business and it is certainly worthy of an xmas surprise for those that appreciate high quality chocolate deliciously presented.
Hotel Chocolat is another UK company that is rated highly for its artisan dark chocolate but also its sense of fun and pizazz. Sourced from their plantation at the Rabot Estate in St Lucia, the chocolatier has thrived across the UK and Europe with expansion planned in the Middle East. Their Xmas range includes the traditional Sleekster Christmas selection of 28 chocolates with a festive feel of Vanilla bells, a prevalent caramel trend, a beautiful Christmas gianduja, a traditional marzipan piece and all in a mix of white, high-cocoa milk and dark chocolate. There’s also an alternative box of Winter Desserts that are inspired by Christmas puddings. The Rabot 1745 Collection makes a fantastic gift with a centrepiece milk chocolate snowflake made from supermilk in Peru. The fruit flavoured domed truffles and soft caramel domes that act as an accessory to the main theme.
Fair Trade luxury chocolate maker and award winner Divine Chocolate Divine has always been concerned with ethical trade and a cooperative mode. It is the only chocolate company which is 45 per cent owned by its farmers. The actual cocoa trees grow in the shade of the rainforest and this allows Divine to combine the cocoa beans and butter with entirely natural ingredients, allowing the full chocolate flavour to come through Divine produce some of the best dark chocolate in the market. Well known for their excellent range of gourmet chocolate bars, the company has added two more entries especially designed for the season -Dark Chocolate with Ginger & Pear and Milk Chocolate with Spiced Toffee Apple. Divine have come up with the Luxury Belgian Collection, containing 16 smooth milk and rich dark chocolates with soft or praline centres in a variety of delicious flavours including raspberry caramel cream, hazelnut crisp, dark ginger praline, and a toffee and sea salt swirl.
The Chocolate Trading Company offers one of the most complete online resources for chocolate carefully chosen from around the world. The company’s partnership with specialist chocolatiers in the Single Estate field such as Michel Cluizel, shows its commitment to excellence. The Chocolate Trading Company is a one-stop shop to artisan chocolate with some of the leading Gourmet brands, including Amedei, Domori, Pralus and Venchi so wuld be a good alternative for those looking at a wider range of quality Xmas gifts.