Chocolate is one of those things that everyone loves. Look around you and find me one person who doesn’t like chocolate. Yes, I know. Keep looking. You can stop now.
At the same time, it can be quite divisive. On the one hand those with a sweet tooth who always go for the milk variety; on the other the purists who seek the highest percentage of cocoa, the darker the better. I simplify, but you see what I mean.
I fall in the latter category. Having grown up on the continent, with a family tradition of baking and artisans chocolatiers competing for our Francs on every street corner, I guess it was as much about nature as nurture. Or perhaps culture.
In Britain, it’s a different story but the chocolate landscape – imagine that; chocolate hills, rivers… I digress… – has changed an awful lot over the last 20 years. The nation that was raised on milk chocolate is now far more curious. There are new chocolate brands appearing regularly and much more choice, whichever camp you belong to. And although milk chocolate is still way ahead in terms of sales, it’s now relatively easy to find decent truffles for example.
One thing is for certain though, if you’re looking for tasty chocolate without sugars, choice is limited and frankly, you find yourself in that conundrum of: tasty – good for you – affordable: pick two, you can’t get all three.
So when we got our hands on our latest client’s sugar free chocolate range, we thought we’d struck gold. It’s sweetened with Stevia which is plant based so all the better for it. And everyone was happy: the milk variety was as equally well received as the 70% cocoa dark. And there’s a hazelnut or orange variant if that’s your thing.
We can’t wait to get it into people’s hands. Or their mouths actually. So watch this space, we’ll be telling you more about it as soon as we’re allowed.
In the meantime, enjoy the festive season and its many delicacies, whatever your taste.