Today is National Chocolate Day, so it’d be rude not to treat yourself to a cheeky Dairy Milk, right? We’ve picked out the best chocolate fixes that’ll make your mouth water (it’s a heard job, but someone’s got to do it). Read on for our Top 10 Treats for National Chocolate Day – perfect with a coffee while you take a break from the charts and catch up on our latest Trader Lifestyle feature. Enjoy…
For fans of the finer things in life
They call it: Charbonnel – Boîte Blanche
Why we love it: Charbonnel et Walker are the exclusive chocolate manufacturers of Her Majesty the Queen – and if it’s good enough for Lizzie, it’ll do for us. This massive hamper will keep you going all summer (well, maybe). And the best part is it’s filled with a bespoke selection of dark and milk chocolates, so you can double up on your favourites and skip the orange cream.
Will set you back: £95.00 for a whopping 1,000g
For the cocktail lover
They call it: Hotel Chocolat Mocktails-to-Chill
Why we love it: Hotel Chocolat are famous for their seasonal specialities, and these Alcohol Free Fruit Cocktail chocolates are part of their new summer range. With four flavours including Spiced Pineapple Punch, Peach Iced Tea, Virgin Mojito and Wild Strawberry Daiquiri, they’re perfect to finish off a BBQ on a lazy summer afternoon.
Will set you back: £10.00 for 16 chocs (115g)
For the chocoholic
They call it: Thorntons I Love Chocolate Gift Collection
Why we love it: This one doesn’t take much explaining – from premium chocolates to toffee, fudge and truffles, there’s literally enough chocolate here to last you… well, you tell us!
Will set you back: £60.00 for about 2,000g of chocolate
For the kid at heart
They call it: Cadbury Dairy Milk Marvellous Creations
Why we love it: Because it’s just like the Freddos you loved as a child with the addition of all your sweet shop favourites – jelly beans, popping candy, jellies, foam bananas and caramel pieces. Snap up one of these and reminisce about the times when your greatest responsibility was the heated debate that was bedtime and how many friends you’d be allowed to bring home for tea. And then get back to the charts and the real world…
Will set you back: £2.50 for a 200g bar
For something different
They call it: Mo’s Dark Chocolate Bacon Bar
Why we love it: Mostly, because it’s the perfect excuse to eat chocolate for our on-the-go trading breakfast – and without giving up our morning bacon fix. This unusual bar crams hickory smoked bacon and Alder wood smoked salt into a dark chocolate base – perfect for fans of sweet and savoury blends.
Will set you back: $7.50 for a 3oz bar
For crazy flavours
They call it: Intrigue Chocolate Co. Truffles
Why we love it: If you’re bored of basic chocolate flavours, check out Intrigue Chocolate Co.’s impressive flavour log, which includes (deep breath) gin, basil, coconut and coffee, stout beer, green tea, fennel seed, maple and smoked salt, hibiscus, pear liquor, jasmine, lemon and pink peppercorn, rose petals, pomegranate, carrot cake and bagel – to name a few.
Will set you back: $22.00 for 12 truffles – or pay $264 to join their ‘Truffle of the Month Membership Club’
For chocolate purists
They call it: Godiva Luxury Milk Chocolate Tablet
Why we love it: There’s a time and a place for chocolate packed with every flavour under the sun and every topping but the kitchen sink, but if you prefer your chocolate pure and simple, this smooth and creamy luxury milk chocolate bar from Godiva Chocolatier is about the best you’ll find. Hide it from the kids – this is definitely one to keep for yourself at the end of a long trading day.
Will set you back: £5.90 for a 100g bar
They call it: Hotel Chocolat Large Chocolatier’s Table
Why we love it: This whopping collection includes every type of chocolate Hotel Chocolat currently make. If you’re having a party (and your dessert-making skills leave a lot to be desired), plonk one of these in the middle of the table for an epic centrepiece that requires zero effort. No swiping your favourites before the guests arrive, though…
Will set you back: £100 for 1.3kg
For spice fans
(That’s spicy food and nothing to with the Spice Girls…)
They call it: Instant Regret Chilli Chocola
Why we love it: You might have given chilli chocolate a go before, but for fans of seriously spicy food it can be a bit of a disappointment – creamy chocolate with a kick, but no real bite. This is different – billed as “the hottest bar of chocolate in the world”, it claims to be the ultimate test for those who think they like spicy food.
Will set you back: £6.99 for 100g
For the healthy eaters
They call it: Green and Black’s Dark Organic Chocolate 85%
Why we love it: There’s only so much chocolate you can eat before your health (or at least your waistline) starts to suffer. But this 85% dark chocolate is practically guilt-free, with less sugar and more antioxidants than its lighter peers. Eating small amounts of dark chocolate improves health, lowers the risk of heart disease, protects your skin against skin damage and even boosts brain function. Just remember it’s a small amount, so eating the whole bar probably doesn’t count…
Will set you back: £2.19 for 100g