Marks & Spencer Ecuador 72% 86/100


This bar is made using cocoa mass from Ecuadorian cocoa beans. The bar is manufactured in Italy on behalf of Marks and Spencer. Continue reading


Waitrose Ecuador 70% Dark Chocolate 84/100


This bar is made using cocoa beans from fair trade cooperatives in Ecuador. The bar is manufactured for Waitrose in Switzerland. Continue reading

The Best ‘Value for Money’ Craft Chocolate Bars


The world of craft chocolate can be a daunting place, it can be hard to know what you might like and even harder to find it. With origin lists as long as your arm and lists of chocolate makers even longer, it can be difficult to know where to start or where to stop in looking for your perfect chocolate bar. For some that’s part of the pleasure of craft chocolate, the journey of discovering different flavours, different origins and different makers, but it all comes at a cost, one that newcomers to craft chocolate might find difficult to stomach. Fortunately it’s not like looking for a bottle of wine, no matter how loose your purse strings, it’s unlikely you’ll be spending more than £20 for a bar of chocolate and while some bars might seem pricey, there’s often a lot of good reasons to pay more for your chocolate. That said, it’s always nice to feel like you’re getting value for money and with the aim of encouraging all those thinking of dipping their toes in the water, to dive straight in, I’ve compiled a list of bean to bar craft chocolate makers that not only make great chocolate, but offer great value for money too.   Continue reading

Pralus Ecuador Arriba 75% 88.5/100


This bar is made with arriba cocoa from Buena Fe in the Los Rios province of Ecuador. Once harvested these beans are shipped to Pralus’s manufacturing plant in Roanne, where he turns them into his world famous chocolate bars. Continue reading

Valrhona Alpaco Noir 66% 86/100


This bar is made with beans from Ecuador. Once harvested these beans are shipped to Le Harve and then driven to Tain-l’Hermitage, part of the Rhone Valley, an area particularly famous for growing wine, where Valrhona turn them into one of their Grand Cru chocolate bars.  Continue reading

J. D. Gross Ecuador Arriba Superieur 81% 84/100


These Arriba Nacional cocoa beans come from west central Ecuador from the banks of the Vinces River in the region of Los Rios. Once harvested they’re shipped to Berlin where Rausch Schokolade turn them into one of their chocolate bars, before rebranding them as J. D. Gross for Lidl. Continue reading