If anyone knows good chocolate, it's Josephine Fairley, co-founder of Green & Black's. She reveals her five favourite chocolatiers
Paul A Young There are now three London shops where you can tickle your tastebuds with this award-winning chocolatier’s 82 per cent Venezuelan Dark Truffle, or dark chocolate Sea Salted Caramel-filled chocolates.
Rococo Chantal Coady is a heroine in chocolate circles who has worked tirelessly to promote chocolate appreciation since she opened her first groundbreaking boutique on the King’s Road in the early Eighties. She was Chocolatier of the Year in 2011, and now has stores in Belgravia, Marylebone and Chelsea.
L’Artisan du Chocolat A particular favourite is the White South Sea Pearl truffle, filled with dark chocolate, and those flavoured with black cardamom, tonka beans, even tobacco.
Coco There are now two branches of this lovely Edinburgh chocolate emporium, established in 2004 (the Broughton Street branch also offers a delightful eat-in ‘chocolate café’). The Coco Triple Dipped Kirsch Cherries elevate this ‘auntie’s favourite’ cliché to a whole new level of decadence.
Choccywoccydoodah Not so much for the gourmet experience as the chocolate fantasies brought to life (my stepgrandchildren LOVE this place): chocolate lip lollies, shoes, psychedelic cakes. Plenty of dark stuff (dark chocolate popcorn slab, anyone?), alongside creations to delight your secret inner Milky Bar Kid.
Read Josephine Fairley’s full article, Chocolate: a 50-plus love affair