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13 East Anglian treats for World Chocolate Day

PUBLISHED: 17:56 02 July 2018 | UPDATED: 17:57 02 July 2018

The new chocolate and granola bars from Gnaw Chocolate in Norwich. Picture: Keiron Tovell

The new chocolate and granola bars from Gnaw Chocolate in Norwich. Picture: Keiron Tovell

Keiron Tovell

From brownies to single origin bars - how do you eat yours?

Okay, so the weather isn’t exactly ideal for chocolate right now (don’t leave it in the car!) but that’s not going to stop us licking our lips in anticipation of the sweetest day of the year. Here are some goodies to seek out this weekend.

1. Beetella

Launched by Sarah Savage, the driving force behind Essence Foods, Beetella is a gloriously gooey chocolate spread made with only the best natural ingredients – and no palm oil! The sweet concoction includes beetroot powder, organic grape juice, water, agave syrup, GMO free glycerine, pure cocoa, 74% dark high grade chocolate, natural vanilla, cocoa butter and coconut oil.

2. Salted caramel hot chocolate

If you’re looking for a hot caramel fix look no further than The Fire Station in Woodbridge where they make a salted caramel hot chocolate so thick and indulgent you can practically stand a spoon up in it. Lush.

3. Saffire Single Origin Chocolate

Single origin bars are big news in the chocolate industry and Saffire in Norfolk launched eight new bars earlier this year – all of them equally delicious. If you’re a milk lover you have to try the Madagascan 65% dark milk which has an intriguing flavour and less sugar than a typical 80% dark bar.

4. Cocoa Delicious hot chocolate stirrers

Laura’s cutesy hot chocolate melts were created in response to a market crammed with inferior products. Hers are made with good quality chocolate and come in flavours such as rocky road and dark peppermint. And Laura has recently launched chocolate Bytez – packs of four irresistible chocolate treats ranging from the dried strawberry studded strawberry pavlova, to gooey salted caramel brownie.

5. Gnaw granola chocolate bars

A ‘healthier’ chocolate bar, Gnaw have added to their quirky range of chocolate delights with three bars, each finished with a generous swirl of British granola and seeds. Flavours of the 35g bars include milk chocolate with peanuts, and dark chocolate with orange. You can find them in East of England Co-op stores.

6. Pump Street chocolate

So much time and care goes into producing these gourmet bars, made close to the Suffolk coast. Beans are sourced from family-run farms and co-operatives. They’re then brought back to the county where they’re roasted, winnowed, ground and conched before being turned into smooth, complex-flavoured bars. You have to try the Honduras Bread and Butter 58%, made with Pump Street’s own bread. If you can’t make your mind up, they sell a Chocolate Library of 10 bars for £60.

7. Choctails

Owner Hilary combined her love of cocktails and chocolate in Choctails, with real ingredients coming together to make fillings such as Singapore Sling, Mojito and Cosmopolitan. A newer venture for the business is the chocolate bars, with fillings of gin and lime, caramel liqueur and rum, mint and lime.

8. Tosier chocolate

Chocolatier Deanna uses the finest beans to make her range of 70% chocolate, which is all about making those raw ingredients shine. Her bars are made purely of cacao, cacao butter and unrefined organic cane sugar, but taste so fruity customers often ask if they have inclusions in them. Deanna’s favourite is the 2016 harvest Alto Beni made with Bolivian cacao, with a buttery finish and notes of citrus.

9. Booja Booja truffles

Gluten and dairy-free, these babies are perfect for allergy sufferers and taste amazing to boot. With the warmer weather in mind you might want to plump for the chilled truffle packs, which include the 13 time award-winning organic French Fine de Champagne chocolates, and truffles made with roasted, salted, caramelised Italian almonds.

10. Hadley’s Dairy ice cream

Jane Hadley’s ice cream is simply divine – especially the chocolate frozen dessert, made with bean-to-bar Pump Street chocolate. Every scoop melds together local free-range eggs, Marybelle Dairy milk and cream, and golden caster sugar. You’ll see Jane at various events in the east, or can buy ice cream from her parlour in Lavenham.

11. Cakes from Biddy’s Tearoom

The cakes here are big. Let’s put it this way, you’ll need to share or take half your slice home. They are more than generous. Topping the list are the tearoom’s ginormous millonaire’s shortbread slices – a layer of thick coconut biscuit, homemade caramel and white and dark chocolate ganache. The brownies are things of beauty too and flavours change regularly, ranging from rose and raspberry, to peanut or salted caramel.

12. Decadent desserts

At Farmyard in Norwich there’s a signature pudding homage to the Snickers bar (Colombian chocolate, miso caramel and peanut). And at The Unruly Pig (Eat Suffolk Restaurant of the Year) a new dessert takes a teatime classic to new heights, smothering biscuit with salted caramel and chocolate ganache, served with dulce de leche.

13. Dark Chocolate Gin

Your prayers have been answered. Made by The Ely Gin Company, this spirit excels on its own but is magnificent in a cocktail or drizzled over ice cream.

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