Dark Secrets: Six to Savour ; EXTRA

By Stacey, Caroline | The Independent (London, England), March 21, 2007 | Go to article overview
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Dark Secrets: Six to Savour ; EXTRA

Stacey, Caroline, The Independent (London, England)

Amedei bar

Founded in Tuscany in 1990, Amedei has become probably the world's foremost chocolate maker, bagging three out of five gold medals in the best bar category at the most recent World Chocolate Awards. Its Porcelana is so exclusive that every bar is numbered, and 70 per cent Chuao isn't exactly plebeian. 50g for [pound]4.75. Available from Harvey Nichols, London SW1; The Chocolate Gourmet, Ludlow, www.chocolate gourmet.co.uk; 01584 879 332; www.seventypercent.com

Valrhona Cao Grande

Namechecked by chefs and chocolate connoisseurs, Val-rhona is a reticent French company that makes Grands Crus such as Guanaja, Manjari and Carabe, each a different blend of beans from countries including Venezuela, Madagascar and the Caribbean, and the 64 per cent vintage bars from named plantations in Venezuela, Madagascar and Trinidad. New to the range is Cao Grande organic 70 per cent, with Valrhona's well-rounded balance of flavours. 100g, [pound]2.50- [pound]3.50; available from Fortnum & Mason, London W1, The Chocolate Society 08452 308 899, www.chocolate.co.uk and www.seventypercent.com

Malagasy Mora Mora

Claiming to be the fairest of fair trade enterprises, this chocolate is grown, produced and packaged in Madagascar. That way all the benefits stay in the country where the cocoa comes from. It's a delicate almost floral dark chocolate, a blend of criollo, trinitario and forastero beans, and one you can eat more of than some others. 85g, [pound]3-[pound]3.25; www.malagasy.co.uk 0152 463 706 for stockists, including Waitrose, Fortnum & Mason, Chocolate Society, www.seventypercent.

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