Let your taste buds indulge in these luxury chocolate treats
Champagne truffles, caramelised and roasted hazelnut pralines, and intense dark, luxury chocolate.
Indulge in decadent delights and luxurious treats from some of the best chocolatiers around.
DESIblitz hand-picks some of the best luxury brands for you to try.
Fine Belgian chocolate begins and ends with Godiva.
Founded in 1926 by Joseph Draps, a master chocolatier, Godiva prides itself on elegant packaging and quality ingredients.
Whether you are a fan of white, milk or dark chocolate, you can get lost in an assortment of stunning signature truffles, sables, biscuits, pretzels and chocolate covered strawberries.
Try their decadent Dark Chocolate 50 per cent Carrés, priced £15.50. It is a perfect blend of creamy sweetness and rich dark chocolate, without the bitter aftertaste.
2. Hotel Chocolat
Hotel Chocolat first opened its doors in 2004 in Watford. The British chocolatier has reinvented traditional chocolate products by selling it in their iconic curvy giant slabs.
The company even grows its own cocoa in Saint Lucia, and their chocolate contains less sugar and more cocoa than other chocolatiers, making it a healthier option!
Try their Billionaire’s Shortbread Giant Slab (£16.00). It’s a luxurious blend of caramel and 50 per cent milk chocolate, sprinkled with shortcake biscuit.
One of London’s oldest chocolate shops, Prestat in Piccadilly is a haven of ‘posh’ treats.
They are particularly well-known for their unusual chocolate and fruit combinations, like their Yuzu Sake Truffles.
It’s made of Fuji white chocolate blended with citrus Yuzu and a splash of Japanese sake!
Try their Hand-Dipped Chocolate Orange Slices (£14.00). Made of crystalised orange fruit slices that have been hand-dipped in fine dark chocolate made with West African cocoa.
4. Lindt & Sprugli
Swiss chocolatier Lindt, has long been a family favourite, saved for only the very best occasions.
Their Lindor milk truffles see perfectly round chocolate shells filled with an irresistibly smooth centre that melts in the mouth.
A sheer moment of bliss in each taste, their luxury collection sees a mix of pralines, white chocolate truffles and dar caramel and sea salt bars.
Try their Dark Chilli chocolate Bar (£1.89) for an intense dark chocolate taste with a kick.
Another Belgian favourite is Guylian, famous for its iconic chocolate sea shells and sea horses. These are made with 100 per cent pure cocoa butter, and a hazelnut praline filling made from caramelised and roasted hazelnuts.
Their signature pralines promise ‘melt in the mouth’ goodness created by founder and master chocolatier, Guy Foubert.
Try their Luxury Assorted Seahorse tasting box (£2.99) where you can enjoy dark praline, milk truffle, crunchy biscuit and vanilla.
6. Artisan du Chocolat
London’s Artisan du Chocolat was created by the Irish-origin Gerard Coleman in 2000.
Their luxury chocolate bars range from 100 per cent chocolate, to almond milk, to black cardamom.
Their chocolate pearls are delightful. Made of smooth ganache and nutty praline glazed with edible pearlescent gold and silver dust (£27.99).
Founded in 2000 by former lawyers, Helen and Simon Pattison, Montezuma’s hand-made luxury chocolates are sheer pleasure on a plate.
The family chocolatiers are acclaimed for their innovative chocolate making and quirky packaging.
Try their Radical Bar Library (£13.49), which contains a case of flavoured chocolate bars, from chilli and lime, orange and geranium and sea dog!
Bettys and Taylors of Harrogate are famous for their Northern tea rooms that ooze elegance and sophistication.
Their specialised luxury chocolate collections are nothing short of civilised perfection.
From chewy florentines, to liqueur truffles, to Lady Betty peppermint creams.
Try their Champagne Truffles (£15.95), made with rich chocolate ganache made with Moet & Chandon Champagne, coated in Swiss milk chocolate and dusted with icing sugar and raspberry.
9. Maison Pierre Marcolini
Pierre Marcolini takes inspiration from ‘mixing unexpected flavours’ from different cultures across the world.
A self-proclaimed visionary, Pierre from Brussels has reinvented the chocolate making process by selecting the cocoa beans he uses himself.
Try Pierre’s Bahia Brazil (£27.30), for a very high quality chocolate made with banana.
10. Fifth Dimension
Bringing a sensory experience to chocolate tasting, Fifth Dimension mixes flavour and texture together.
The chocolatiers use unusual flavours taken from various parts of the world, like soy caramel from Hong Kong and lemon chutney from Nadiad.
Try their Journey Box (£17.00), filled with 12 different exotic flavours.
From exotic flavourings and creamy cocoa centres, these chocolate brands arouse sweet culinary pleasures.
Let your taste buds indulge in these luxury chocolate treats.