Hi everyone! This week’s post will hopefully make you feel a bit festive, or to be honest just really hungry (sorry- maybe go fetch a snack before you read??). I realise for some most of you it might be a little early to be feeling festive, but I’m afraid I’m just one of those people. You know, the ones that start playing Christmas songs as soon as Halloween’s over? I can’t help it- I just get really excited about Christmas! I love the run up to Christmas- I’m like a child again when I start counting down to Christmas. But it’s acceptable now because the John Lewis Christmas advert is out. If you haven’t seen it, by the way, go and watch it now- I’d say it’s one of the best yet! Anyway, a huge part of Christmas for me is all the food! We always have family round for Christmas, so our house can get quite full. For me, this adds to the Christmas spirit, and it’s a great excuse to buy loads of sharing tubs of snacks and sweets. And with this comes lots of chocolate. So, with thinking about Christmas and all, I thought I’d share with you all my top 10 chocolate bars around Christmas. By ‘bars’ by the way, I’m not meaning things like Twix and KitKats, but what I call ‘real’ chocolate bars- pure chocolate with some flavouring.
Before, I start the list though, I have to make clear to you all that I am one of those ‘strange people’ (people with good taste, as I like to say), who likes dark/ plain chocolate best! I know this is an acquired taste and that most people prefer milk or white chocolate, but I blame my Grandad. It’s his favourite too, so it must be genetic. I have included some milk and white chocolate bars in my list though, which truly are my favourites. I hope these will provide some inspiration for snacks at Christmas time, or maybe for Christmas present ideas (I usually get a chocolate bar as one!), it’s up to you! Please let me know of any good ones I should try, or if you think there’s any from my list that you think should be in a different order.
Anyway, I won’t keep you waiting any longer- here’s my top 10 (in reverse order):
10. Divine White Chocolate With Strawberries
Divine are a Fairtrade chocolate brand, with some amazing flavours which you can feel good about buying too! I’m a big supporter of Fairtrade, but evem if these weren’t Fairtrade they’d be in my favourites for sure! I don’t often have white chocolate, but sometimes I fancy some, and this is the bar I’d turn to! The Strawberries give it a strawberries-and-cream kind of taste, and it’s not too expensive either!
Buy it here, or in most supermarkets. £2.19 for 100g
9. Lindt HELLO Strawberry Cheesecake Bar
Yes, your eyes don’t deceive you- this is a cheesecake- flavoured chocolate bar! I’ve been a fan of Lindt for a while now, and when I saw this I was very excited! It lives up to expectations too!
Find it here. £1.99 for 100g.
8. Cadbury’s Dairy Milk Caramel
Not very original I know, but I’m a can’t resist caramel (that I blame on my mum). Everyone knows Cadbury is amazing, and now they’re Fairtrade too! Even better.
Buy it at most major supermarkets. £1.89 for 200g (Asda).
7. Cadbury’s Bournville
I know, another Cadbury product, but being a dark chocolate fan, this is amazing. Not the best dark chocolate, but pretty amazing. Good for those of you that like dark/plain chocolate without the added flavours.
Get it at most supermarkets. £2.04 for 180g (Asda).
6. Milka Chocolate- Yoghurt or Kuhflecken (Happy Cow)
I know this is cheating a bit, but I love both flavours so much I couldn’t choose! I don’t actually know if they sell Milka in the UK, but I first had it on holiday in Austria, and it’s one of my favourites. The Yoghut flavour’s great if you’re looking for something a bit different, and has a great creamy texture. The ‘Happy Cow’ flavour is great if you’re looking for something a bit more fun, but just as tasty! If you’re in Europe on holiday (or if you live there- lucky you!) then stock up at the airport before you come back).
5. Divine Milk Chocolate Orange
Yes, it’s Divine again but really their chocolate is amazing. One for the milk chocolate lovers out there, this is great for a classic flavour. I love the combination of orange and chocolate, and this does the job. Great with a cup of tea!
Buy it here, or in most supermarkets. £2.19 for 100g.
4. Galaxy Caramel
The whole Cadbury vs. Galaxy debate is a tricky one for me- I love both for different reasons. However, their caramel bar is pretty hard to beat. I love how smooth it is!
Available in most supermarkets. £2.00 for 204g (Tesco).
3. Lindt HELLO Caramel Brownie
This is another amazing Lindt creation- I love their HELLO range, as they have some different flavours that are more dessert-y then most. This one is quite rich, but so you can end up eating much more then you intended, but it’s worth in it the end, even if you have to do more exercise to burn it off!
Buy it here, or at some supermarkets. £1.99 for 100g.
2. Green & Black’s Butterscotch
YUM. That’s all I have to say. I know Green & Black’s is expensive, but it’s just so amazingly tasty! The first time I tried this I was actually blindfolded (sounds dodgy I know but it wasn’t like that, I promise). I had to taste test this as part of a game, and at first I was like what is this?? When I saw the packet I was surprised because it sounds like a weird combination, but trust me, it works.
Buy from most places. £2.19 for 100g (Tesco).
So, that leaves us with number one. Let’s have a drumroll please…….
1. Divine 70% Dark Chocolate with Raspberries
I’m not sponsored by Divine, I promise. This is my favourtie chocolate ever- mainly because it’s dark chocolate, but also because the raspberries add a crispness to the flavour which makes for a great combination. I love raspberries, and the combination of berries and chocolate in general, so this had to be a winner for me.
Buy here, or at most supermarkets. £2.19 for 100g (and worth every penny!)
So, that concludes my list!
I have to say before I go, there are 2 chocolate brands I want to add to my wish list, but which I haven’t had the chance to try yet. Both are organic chocolate brands, which I love, and both have some really good flavours. The first is Montezuma’s, which has a big range of good flavours and I’ve seen lots of times in specialist food shops. The other is Seed & Bean, which I’ve heard lots of people speak very highly of, and is a very ethical brand. I’ve been eyeing up their ‘Coconut and Raspberry’ and ‘Cornish Sea Salt’ Flavours which both sound incredible, so please let me know if you’ve tried either of those brands!