Shatell Peru Pucacaca 70% 87.5/100


This bar is made using cocoa beans from near Tarapoto located in Peru’s northern highlands between the Cumbaza and Shilcayo rivers in the Ssn Martin Province. Once harvested they’re transported to Shatell’s chocolate factory in Lima, Peru, to be turned into one of Shatell’s chocolate bars in their own country of origin. Continue reading


Marks & Spencer Peru 100% 86.5/100


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

Willie’s Cacao Peru Chulucanas 70% 92.5/100


This bar is made using Criollo beans from the Morropon province near Piura in north western Peru. Once harvested the beans are shipped to Uffculme, a small town in Devon to Willie’s factory, where using antique machinery Willie begins the process of turning them into one of his delectable single estate cacao bars. 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

Chocolate Tree Peru Chililique 70% 91.5/100


This bar is made with beans sourced direct from Chililique in the north west of Peru, in collaboration with CacaoTales. You can read about the farm and the visit here. Once harvested these beans are shipped to Haddington just east of Edinburgh to Chocolate Tree’s factory where husband and wife team Alastair & Friederike Gower turn these beans into one of Chocolate Tree’s chocolate bars. Continue reading