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sea salt organic milk chocolate artisan bar

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Rococo is a british chocolate company founded by Chantal Coady with shops in London and in Chester. She was awarded Chocolatier Of The Year 2012 and her bars, pralines, caramels and truffles, as well as her packaging, have won awards. Rococo owns a cocoa farm (part of the Grenada Chocolate Company) which provides the organic Trinitario cocoa beans for her chocolates.

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This bar was the Winner of the Academy of Chocolate Gold Award 2011.

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This is another one of my favourite salty milk chocolates, even though the saltiness here is also more restrained than what I usually prefer. Rococo adds Halen Môn Anglesey sea salt to this chocolate – a salt made from seawater taken only from around Anglesey. The chocolate has a long, smooth melt without any grittiness or discernible salt grains. It has a hint of malt and vanilla, and the amount of salt is not overpowering. It is a great salted chocolate bar, not too salty, not too sweet, perfect for those who prefer only a hint of salt.

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Ingredients: organic cane sugar, organic cocoa butter, organic whole milk powder, organic cocoa mass, Halen Môn Anglesey sea salt, emulsifier: soya lecithin, organic vanilla beans. Contains 37% min organic cocoa solids, 18% min organic milk solids.

Zutaten: Bio Rohrzucker, Bio Kakaobutter, Bio Vollmilchpulver, Bio Kakaomasse, Halen Môn Anglesey Meersalz, Emulgator: Sojalecithin. 37% mind. Bio Kakaomasse, 18% mind. Bio Milchpulver.

This bar is available at Rococo and various other online stores. I bought it online from xocoatl, a shop in Wiesbaden. Price approx. €5,90.

Images by Axel Lambrette

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This bar won Silver at the Academy of Chocolate in 2009. Domori is a company based in None, Italy and is devoted to fighting the destruction of premium varieties of cocoa and the rainforest. On their plantation in Venezuela, they grow Criollo beans, which are generally believed to be the highest quality of cocoa beans. Domori was awarded the Palme d’Or at the 2011 Salon du Chocolat in Bologna and is the only Italian company to have won the Best Chocolate Award in the single-origin dark chocolate category every year since 2003.

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This is one of my favourite bars, even though it is not quite as salty as I would like it to be. The chocolate bar is flat, has a good snap and melts incredibly smoothly. It is supposed to have a hint of banana and citrus fruits, but I experienced rather a milky caramel with just hints of salt. I would say that this is one of the milk chocolates that immediately makes you understand the difference between a regular Milka or Cadbury bar and a high quality chocolate bar.

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Ingredienti: Zucchero di canna, burro di cacao, latte intero in polvere, pasta di cacao, sale di Guérande (0,4%). Emulsionante: lecitina di soia. Cacao min. 45%.

Ingredients: Cane sugar, cocoa butter, whole powdered milk, cocoa mass, Guérande salt (0,4%). Emulsifier: soy lecithin. 45% min. cocoa

Zutaten: Rohrzucker, Kakaobutter, Vollmilchpulver, Kakaopaste, Guérande Salz (0,4%), Emulgator: Sojalecithin. Kakao mind. 45%

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This bar is available at various online stores. I bought it in Berlin at Winterfeldt-Schokoladen, a shop in Schöneberg. They also have an online shop. Price approx. €3,50 (25g) to €5,90 (50g).

Images by Axel Lambrette

cioccolato bianco con pistacchi, nocciole e mandorle salati

venchi

Venchi is an Italian chocolate maker whose history dates back to 1878, when Silviano Venchi opened a chocolate shop in the Piedmont region. In 2000, Venchi merged with master chocolatier Pietro Cussino. Venchi produces over 350 specialty chocolates and are widely known for their gianduja. They use Piedmont hazelnuts, Sicilian pistachios, vegetable fats from olive oil, almonds, hazelnuts, pistachios, cocoa butter, high-quality fresh milk and cream and their products are all gluten-free.

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This is Venchi’s white chocolate with salted pistachios, hazelnuts and almonds , which was awarded the Tavoletta d’Oro by the Compagnia del Cioccolato association in 2012.

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The white chocolate itself is not salted, it is creamy, with a strong vanilla note, which reminds me of a vanilla milkshake. This is also a chocolate bar, which you tend to eat rather than let it melt in your mouth. The nuts are salted, but not overly so. The nuts, salt and sweetness are a perfect combination, I liked this bar very much.

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Ingredients: White chocolate, cocoa 30,6% minimum. (sugar,cocoa butter,whole milk powder, salted almonds 12% (almonds 97%, salt), salted Piedmont hazelnut (Piedmont hazelnut 98,5%, salt), salted pistachio (pistachio 98,5%, salt), whey powder, emulsifier: soy lecithin, natural vanilla flavour). 3,52 oz

Zutaten: weiße Schokolade, Kakao 30,6% mind. (Zucker, Kakaobutter, Vollmilchpulver, Gesalzen Mandeln 12% (Mandeln 97%, Salz), Gesalzen Haselnuss aus dem Piemont (Haselnuss aus dem Piemont 98,5%, Salz), Gesalzen Pistazien (Pistazien 98,5%, Salz), Molkenpulver, Emulgator: Sojalecithin, natürliche Vanille-Aroma.) (sic!) 100g

This bar is available online at Venchi. I bought it from Schoko Galerie, a small shop with a good selection of chocolates in Berlin. Price approx. €4,90.

Images by Axel Lambrette (thank you!!!)

cardamom organic white chocolate artisan bar

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I know I’m deviating from the salty chocolates with this one, but since I also have a soft spot for white chocolate I had to try it when I bought Rococo’s sea salt bar.

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Rococo is a british chocolate company founded by Chantal Coady with shops in London and in Chester. She was awarded Chocolatier Of The Year 2012 and her bars, pralines, caramels and truffles, as well as her packaging, have won awards. Rococo owns a cocoa farm (part of the Grenada Chocolate Company) which provides the organic Trinitario cocoa beans for her chocolates.

This bar won Gold at the International Chocolate Awards 2013.

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The smell of cardamom envelops you when you unwrap the bar. The chocolate melts smoothly in your mouth and you can feel the cardamom grains. It is sweet, but not too sweet, and although cardamom is the main flavour, there is a slight taste of lemon that provides a nice contrast. I was surprised that I liked this chocolate so much and I’m open to trying other spices in chocolate, but I’m yet to see if they can compete with my beloved salted chocolates.

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Ingredients: organic cane sugar, organic cocoa butter, organice whole milk powder, organic cardamom, emulsifier: soya lecithin. Contains 30% min. organic cocoa solids, 24% min. organic milk solids.

Zutaten: Bio Rohrzucker, Bio Kakaobutter, Bio Vollmilchpulver, Bio Kardamom, Emulgator: Sojalecithin. 30% mind. Bio Kakaomasse, 24% mind. Bio Milchpulver.

This bar is available at Rococo and various other online stores. I bought it online from xocoatl, a shop in Wiesbaden. Price approx. €5,90.

Images by Axel Lambrette