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Magnum, Cornetto and Mini Milk chocolate eggs

New for Easter 2014: Magnum, Cornetto and Mini Milk chocolate eggsNew for Easter 2014: Magnum, Cornetto and Mini Milk chocolate eggs: Chocolate lovers are in for an egg-cellent treat as Magnum, Cornetto and Mini Milk launch chocolate Easter egg versions of their ice creams for the first time. These delicious chocolate Easter eggs taste and look just like the iconic ice creams something completely new this Spring!

There is no ice cream involved, so freezing isn’t required. The only thing melting will be your friends’ and loved ones’ taste buds as they enjoy the irresistibly smooth chocolate in all three gift packs.

Indulgent Magnum Easter Egg for someone special £8
A thick milk chocolate egg made from delicious Magnum chocolate, together with three indulgent Magnum chocolate bars. Each bar contains three, bite sized Magnum portions, the perfect gift for pleasure seekers.

The crack of fine chocolate, encasing the delicious, silky smooth vanilla truffle centre, creates the iconic rich Magnum taste. Made using Magnum Rainforest Alliance certified cocoa, delicately flavoured with Madagascan vanilla.
The delicious chocolate Magnum Easter Eggs, have the same great Magnum taste, without the ice cream!

Cornetto Easter Egg that the family will go nuts for £8
A delicious thick, premium milk chocolate egg, together with four delicious Cornetto vanilla chocolatey cones, a totally new and exciting gift for Easter, there is no way that you will be sharing!

Each cone is made using the famous crispy, chocolaty coated Cornetto wafer, encasing a lusciously light whipped, creamy chocolatey centre, the Cornetto chocolate, is delicious from the very first to last bite. Topped with toasted hazelnuts sprinkles and milk chocolate drops, it makes a delightfully light tasting treat with the same iconic Cornetto taste, but without the ice cream!

Mini Milk Easter Eggs a great little treat £6
A delicious Mini Milk chocolate Easter Egg and four Mini Milk chocolate lollipops all packaged up in a Mini Milk Ice cream van, something new this Easter!

The treat sized Mini Milk chocolate lollies each have 30% of the RDA of calcium, and are 94 calories. Each lolly has a whipped centre, encased in a smooth shell, which will melt the taste buds with each bite.

Fabergé inspired Easter Eggs

Fabergé inspired Easter EggsIntroducing the 2014 Chocolate Easter Collection by luxury British Chocolatier Marc Demarquette. Taking inspiration from the famous Fabergé Egg, Marc has created a contemporary Easter Egg trio in classically timeless chocolate caramel flavours of Banoffee, Key Lime and Sea Salt Caramel.

At Demarquette – Fine Chocolates Master Chocolatier Marc Demarquette has created hand-painted designer chocolate Easter eggs that are filled with deliciously creamy caramel in Banoffee, Key Lime and Sea Salted flavours. The unique colourful design on the eggs, which sets out to capture a spirit of liveliness and fun, is inspired by Fabergé’s dynamic and exuberant Spiral Egg collection.

Presented by the half dozen hen size eggs or dozen quail sized eggs, they are made in either Demarquette’s award winning 71.1% CacaoLux pure dark chocolate for the Salted Caramel egg or a smooth triple origin milk chocolate for both the Tangy Key lime and the sweet Banoffee eggs. They are beautifully presented in a classically timeless Easter Gift box adorned by a bespoke gold Spiral Egg logo.

6 Hen sized Egg Gift Box: RRP £25.00
12 Quail sized Egg Box: RRP £19.75

Fabergé inspired Easter Eggs and other Demarquette Easter Chocolates will be available online at Selected products will be available at Harrods, Fortnum & Mason, Harvey Nichols, Sourced Market, and selected fine food retailers across Britain.

Chocolate Cheer To A Children’s Hospice

Ashley McCarthy and his Chocolate SculptureIt’s taken 20 kilos of Belgian chocolate, 5 kilos of icing and 40 hours of painstaking work in the kitchen, but Ashley McCarthy couldn’t be happier with his Dahl-icious new sculpture, that is guaranteed to bring chocolate cheer to a children’s hospice this Christmas.

The chef and owner of Ye Old Sun Inn in Colton, near Tadcaster, has created a meticulously-handcrafted chocolate artwork celebrating the work of children’s favourite Roald Dahl, incorporating elements from his many best-selling books. Look closely and you’ll find Willy Wonka’s chocolate waterfall, the BFG’s enormous belt, James’s magical peach and a host of eponymous heroes from marvellous Matilda to Fantastic Mr Fox. All Dahl life is here – and it’s delicious.

Ashley, a father-of-three who runs a multi-award winning family pub with his wife Kelly, designs and makes an ambitious chocolate sculpture every Christmas to raise money for Martin House Hospice, which cares for children and their families in nearby Wetherby. This is his ninth creation in as many years – and his biggest and best yet.

‘I started off years ago with a simple house – a bit like a gingerbread house, only made of chocolate,’ he explained. ‘But it’s evolved beyond all recognition since then.
‘To be honest, it’s become a bit of a hot topic in the pub and on Facebook as people start making suggestions for what I should sculpt. The debate starts in January and heats up in the summer – months before I so much as pick up a knife.’

This year’s delicious celebration of all things Dahl actually started life as a Facebook suggestion. A keen bean put forward the idea of a creamy recreation of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory and Ashley’s fevered imagination and creative hands-on skills took it from there.

‘I haven’t had any specific training as a chocolatier,’ he said. ‘But it’s a skill I’ve honed and developed over the years.

‘I can honestly say I love every minute of it. I don’t have a lot of time to spare, so it must mean something that you’ll often find me elbow-deep in chocolate at all hours of the day or night at one of our busiest times of the year.’

He does it because he loves it, but also to raise much-needed funds for Martin House, which needs to find around £5 million a year to carry out its vital work. When his chocolate sculpture is complete, it’s given pride of place in the pub beside a plaque explaining what it is and which cause it’s raising money for. ‘People are very generous,’ said Ashley, ‘particularly when they realise it’s for Martin House. We usually find around £1,000 in the collection box.’

The sculpture and the money are taken to the hospice on Christmas Eve. Then, on Christmas Day, the children are invited to admire it once last time before smashing it to pieces. This might seem a little brutal, but there is method in their festive madness.

‘We fill the sculpture full of individual chocolates – usually four or five boxes,’ said Ashley. ‘The structure itself has usually been quite manhandled by the time Christmas actually arrives – people prod it and poke it because they can’t believe it’s made of chocolate; some even try to snap a bit off. But by filling it with hundreds of chocolates, we make sure every child still gets a well-deserved treat.’

Four Ways To Avoid Christmas Pudding

The Patchwork Traditional Food Company, the producer of handmade foods from the Welsh countryside, offers four alternatives to the traditional Christmas pudding for lovers of chocolate terrine. Each option can also be melted down into sauces or spreads, used in chocolate tarts or enjoyed as a hot chocolate drink.

Patchwork’s Chocolate Terrine range comprises:

Chocolate Terrine with Amaretto & Almond: A fine, chunky, almond-rippled dark chocolate pate with dark marzipan notes and a rich almond flavour. Price: £4.30 (120g)
Chocolate Terrine with Baileys® Irish Cream Chocolate terrine with rich cream and mellow Irish whiskey, finished with a decorative dark swirl. Price: £4.30
Chocolate Terrine with Cointreau Creamy dark chocolate with fresh citrus liqueur presented with a distinctive orange hue and rich dark swirls. Price: £4.30 (120g)
Chocolate Terrine with Tia Maria and Coffee Smooth, intense deep chocolate enhanced by Tia Maria for lovers of the dark coffee liqueur from Jamaica. Price: £4.30 (120g)

Patchwork’s full product range includes pates, chutneys, hummus, soups, as well as sweet products such as ice creams and chocolate terrines. The company also offers hampers and guerrilla picnic packs for social occasions.

In 2010, Patchwork’s Vanilla Ice Cream with Anglesey Sea Salted Caramel won the Silver Award in the True Taste Awards. This award is presented to the outstanding food and drink from the people of Wales.

This year, Patchwork’s Tomato & Roasted Red Pepper Chutney with Unicorn Ale and Apricot & Orange Chutney with Wychcraft Ale won Gold Star Awards.Altogether, Patchwork has won over 100 awards for its products and enlightened business ethos since its inception in 1982.

Patchwork products are stocked by selected independent retailers across the United Kingdom. All products are available online at and a range of pates are available on

Marmite Chocolate Returns

marmite chocolateLove it or hate it, Marmite chocolate is making its way back to confectionary shelves nationwide. Answering the nation’s call for its return, the ‘Very Peculiar’ milk chocolate bar, made with a hint of Marmite, is set to mystify tastebuds once again.

Joanne O’Riada, Marmite brand manager, comments:

“Arguably ‘Very Peculiar’ sparked up the biggest love/hate debate of any Marmite product when is first launched. The chocolate bars flew off the shelves and fans have been calling for its return ever since. Even if it’s not to everyone’s taste, it will certainly intrigue all chocolate lovers.”

The 100g chocolate is available from Sainsbury’s, BHS,, Amazon, Menkind, Topshop and Independents from about now with a price of £3.