The Best ‘Value for Money’ Craft Chocolate Bars

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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

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Marou Vietnam Ben Tre 78% 91.5/100

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These trinitario beans are from the Ben Tre province in the Mekong Delta, south west of Saigon. Once harvested and fermented these beans make their way to Saigon, where Samuel Maruta and Vincent Mourou turn them into one of Marou’s beautiful chocolate bars. Continue reading

Marou Vietnam Ba Ria 76% 91/100

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These trinitario beans are grown in the hills of Ba Ria province on family-owned farms, south east of Saigon. Once harvested and fermented these beans make their way to Saigon, where Samuel Maruta and Vincent Mourou turn them into one of Marou’s beautiful chocolate bars. Continue reading

Marou Vietnam Lam Dong 74% 89/100

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These trinitario beans are grown on small farms in the Lam Dong province at the foot of the Central Highlands of the Annamitic range, south east of neighbouring Dak Lak. Once harvested and fermented these beans make their way to Saigon, where Samuel Maruta and Vincent Mourou turn them into one of Marou’s beautiful chocolate bars. Continue reading

Marou Vietnam Tien Giang 70% 88/100

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These Vietnamese trinitario beans are grown by farmers of the Cho Gao Cooperative in the Mekong Delta in the south west of Vietnam near Saigon. Once harvested and fermented these beans make their way to Saigon, where Samuel Maruta and Vincent Mourou turn them into one of Marou’s beautiful chocolate bars. Continue reading

Marou Vietnam Dak Lak 70% 90/100

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Made with trinitario cacao from highland district of Ea Kar in Dak Lak province set in the heart of south eastern Vietnam. Once harvested and fermented these beans make their way to Saigon, where Samuel Maruta and Vincent Mourou turn them into one of Marou’s beautiful chocolate bars. Continue reading