A Belgian's take on London's chocolates

Thursday 18 August 2011
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I have to confess, I'm a chocoholic. Being born and raised in Belgium, it's almost like my second nature to try chocolates at new destinations and compare them with Belgian chocolates. At my last visit to London, Laura from @AboutLondon  (a true London expert!) was kind enough to take me on a mini chocolate tour around London.

Paul a Young Soho

Walking into this chocolate shop fragrance of chocolate embraces you and your eyes are drawn to the many beautiful decorated chocolate creations.

Paul a Young Soho Chocolates at Paul a Young in Soho

This chocolatier works with special herbs and flavors who aren`t that obvious to use in combination with chocolate and quite unique. Marmite Truffle, Port and Stilton or garlic ... just to name a few. I bought 2 pralines (they`re not cheap! – £2.00 apiece): the Dominican Truffle and Raspberry Chocolate. Both were divine!

Website: http://www.paulayoung.co.uk/

 

Rococo

 Walking up to this store already brought a good vibe with it, as the street was decorated for a street party. Entering this shop was different than the previous one, maybe the chocolate fragrance wasn`t that overwhelming, but the interior of this shop definitely was. We were welcomed by a lovely lady who let us try some of their fancy chocolate.

Interior at Rococo Chocolates in London Chocolate Bars at Rococo Chocolates in London

I ended up buying chocolate bars with a lovely wrapping which made for a nice gift and at the same time a delight for the senses.

Website: http://rococochocolates.com/

 

Hotel Chocolat

 What can I say, it`s like entering chocolate heaven. There`s a wide selection of chocolate goodies: boxed chocolates, gift bags, chocolate bars and a special kid`s corner. They have a Rare & Vintage Cocoa called the Purist which I ended up taking home with me together with Coconut Bombes.

Hotel Chocolat London Hotel Chocolat London

The description on the package of the Coconut Bombes said: “Sun-kissed creamy milk coconut truffles rolled in dried coconut for a little nibbly texture.” Having tried them, I can testify they are delicious. The Purist chocolate bar even comes with Tasting Notes. I tried the “Rabot Estate – Saint Lucia” 65 % Dark.

There`s a reason why I wanted to try this particular one. On my last trip to Australia, a fellow traveler told me about this wonderful place where you can have a Tree-to-Bar-experience (no, not the bar to get drinks, but from the cacao plant to making your own chocolate bar!). It`s at the Hotel Chocolat in St Lucia. It happens to be St Lucia is one of my favorite Caribbean Islands, so I know where I`ll be going next!

Website: http://www.hotelchocolat.co.uk/

 

It is safe to say London has some fine chocolate shops. Special thanks to Laura for taking me around London! All opinions of these chocolates are my own and I bought the chocolates myself. If you want to read more about my chocolate or travel addiction, makes sure to pay a visit to my website: www.isabellestravelguide.com

 

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