The best Christmas chocolate Santa could send

Yes, it’s Christmas and yes, there will be chocolate. Yes, there will probably be a tray or two of those gold-foiled balls that The Ambassador is ever-determined to really spoil you with and yes, you will probably miss out on the green triangles in the Quality Street – the ones which, with their fleeting resemblance to proper pralines, are the only choice of the cocoa connoisseur.

But c’mon. Quality Street? Surely some rather better quality chocolate is up your alley. Santa is known to stuff any old sweeties in stockings, so you’d better add this little lot to your gift list to prevent him presenting you with summat substandard on Christmas morn…

The Chocolate Society Christmas collection

The Chocolate Society Christmas collection box

If you eat with your eyes you’ll be full to the brim when you take these in. The Choc Soc’s box rocks, with a full 14 flavours including a crazily-creamy coconut snowball, a gingerbread ganache, a Christmas tree-infused caramel and a few merrymakers like mulled wine, triple-decker amaretto affogato and a selection of spirited truffles.

Demarquette Reindeer chocolate caramel collection

Marc Demarquette Christmas reindeer chocolate caramel collection

Were there a secret ingredient in Marc’s chocolates, it would be glee. This chocolate maker revels in his craft, and never more so than at Christmastime. These colourful creations look as jolly as a Christmas jumper, and are in rather better taste – 38% milk shells concealing fruited Cornish cream caramel centres – cranberry, citrus, and spiced apple.

Chocolarder Gold, Frankincense & Myrrh

Chocolarder bean to bar Cornwall chocolate gold frankincense myrrh

Chocolarder’s Cornish bean-to-bar chocolate is always a treat, but this limited edition creation is truly fit for (three) kings, be they Oriental or from Leyton Orient. The intensely cocoa-y, long-conched 65% Peruvian Criollo chocolate is the perfect foil for the incense-like flavours of frankincense and myrrh. The gold leaf? That just adds snazz.

Zotter Chocolate jewellery – ring collection

Zotter ring jewel chocolates gift boxAll that glitters is not gold. Zotter’s bits of bling are made with Biofekt chocolate, but to lovers of offbeat treats they’ll be as precious as that very metal. Various gems include baubles bearing limoncello and almond, pumpkin seed nougat, raspberry brandy, honey-candied ginger and grappa-spiked coffee.

The Rabot 1745 Christmas collection

Hotel Chocolat Rabot Estate 1745 Christmas Collection chocolates truffles

If Hotel Chocolat encourages quality chocolate appreciation amongst the cocoa-craving masses, the same company’s refined Rabot range takes it to the next level. This subtle, sleek selection is a treat; feat. mini domes and prettily-patterned single origin snowflakes. Raspberry & hibiscus, salted caramel, and plain truffles will suit a sophisticat.

Gingerbread chocolate spread

Hotel Chocolat chocolate gingerbread spread Christmas festive spiced

You might spread it on bread but this is nothing like Nutella. Smoother; more melty; praline-like, not plasticky. The 50% milk chocolate base is nicely intense, yet doesn’t hide the hazelnuts, spice and all the things that make this so nice. It’s pretty much a European Christmas market in a tub.

Lakrids Christmas 2014 liquorice

lakrids chocolate liquorice 2014 Christmas

 For liquorice lovers (of whom I am one), Johan Bülow is the Pied Piper. The young Dane’s company LAKRIDS sells everything under the sun that it’s possible to make from the stuff, and probably more besides. This especially festive, lavishly-labelled tub is choc-full of white-choc coated sweet liquorice nuggets; gold gilded and raspberry-infused,

Fortnum & Mason Christmas chocolate bar

Fortnum and Mason Christmas chocolate 60 No 51 spiced

Fortnum’s has a knack of working with the best British producers to yield very good goodie, especially when it comes to chocolate. A festive shopping trip to the department store is a must for this Cocoa Nut, if only to stare at the wonderful window displays and nab a bar or two of this spiced, fruited, nutted 60% chocolate.

The Chocolatier Mince pie water ganache truffles

The Chocolatier Aneesh Popat Mince pie water ganache chocolate truffle Christmas gift dairy free halal vegan

Mince pies, in my eyes, are fine fodder for sweetening up Santa but not much cop to eat as a treat. I like the idea, but rarely the execution. However, I am on board with Aneesh Popat‘s dried fruit-infused water ganaches; each piece pebbledashed with pastry crumbs to accurately emulate the experience – but with added chocolate.

Chococo Cocoa pod cracker

Chococo Christmas cocoa pod cracker chocolate filled truffles

Cocoa pods don’t all grow on trees, and can be cultivated in Dorset; at least, that’s what one might discern when their eyes alight on this lifesize, lifelike, handhewn Chococo number. The glitzy, suedelike shell is made with Venezuelan 43% milk chocolate and filled not with pulp’n’beans but lots and lots of chocs.

Montezuma’s Chocolate stollen

Montezuma Christmas chocolate marzipan stollen

If a single slice has to suffice as your serving, ensure you get an end. Yule like the whole is Montezuma’s log, but the best bang for your buck comes with those two prized pieces; comprising not only a wonderful whirl of sticky, sumptuous plain and chocolate marzipan, but also a thick disc of its crisp chocolate coat.

The Chocolate Smiths festive Bizarre bars

Chocolate Smiths chocolate bar Christmas Limited Edition

These bars are billed ‘bizarre’, so don’t be too surprised if they widen eyes. Fruity, spicy Yuletide and Cherry Xmas Bizarres will be slightly less divisive than the cracker, cheddar’n’ cranberry Festive Cheeseboard, or Crimbo Dinner – a full-on feast of salt, pepper, garlic, sage, onion and cranberry sauce. Decidedly different.

Amelia Rope Dark chocolate cube collection

Amelia Rope dark chocolate cube collection gift

This fine chocolate collection could be called ‘confectionary’, but solely in the sense that the box is full of sheer eye candy. The bright bits are solid, single origin chocolates chunks – Madagascar 69%, Ghana 70% or Tanzania 75%; either plain or paired with flavours like coffee, mint, or award-winning ginger.

Fifth Dimension Journey box

Fifth Dimension Journey box chocolate truffle collectionOne for globe-roving chocolate chompers, Fifth Dimension’s typically offbeat box is stuffed with exotic flavours called for cities. Perhaps most apt for Chrimbo is the parsnip’n’lime ‘Brighton’, whilst other delicious destinations include Penang (pandan), Hangzhou (chrysanthemum), and the sweet-spicy Meaux (mustard).

Uncle Roy’s Chocolate chilli mustard

Uncle Roy's comestible concoctions chocolate chilli mustard condiment

 There will be times over Christmas where you’ll be expected to eat entire meals with no cocoa content, and that’s not on. Luckily, it’s good old Uncle Roy to the rescue with this chillied, chocolate-y condiment that’s perfectly acceptable eating alongside cold cuts, cheese, or even with turkey – think Mexican mole.

Artisan du Chocolat Cracking biscuit cracker

Artisan du Chocolat cracking cracker biscuits Christmas

 Come Boxing Day, most of us are really scraping the bottom of the (biscuit) barrel, picking at pappy pink wafers because they’re the only remaining option. Unwrap a pack of these choc-coated salted caramel, fig & oat, chili & chocolate, ginger & sultana, and vanilla & walnut biscuits and stick the kettle on.

La Maison du Chocolat Les gourmandises

La Maison du Chocolat Les Gourmandises praline batons box Christmas 2014

La Maison’s whipped praline-filled chocolate batons prove irrefutably that good things do indeed come in small packages – and sleek ones, at that. The slim, sophis’ cigars come in three flavours – dark chocolate with crispy crêpes or almonds, hazelnuts and caramelised biscuits; or milk chocolate with roasted coconut.

Hans Sloane Drinking chocolate cocoa pod 

Hans Sloane drinking chocolate cocoa pod hot single serve

 Sir Hans’s handsome chocolate cocoa pods look great, and refreshingly, their fine form informs their function. The whole pod is popped into a cup with hot liquid, the shell slowly melting to unleash a further coshel of loose pure chocolate beads contained within. A nice novelty that results in a damn decadent drink.

Melt Chocolate Christmas pudding

melt chocolate christmas pudding

Not a fan of the Christmas cannonball passed off as ‘pudding’? Melt’s chocolate version might change your mind; delicately-detailed and filled with all sorts of treasures including choc-coated nuts and Rudolph-red cranberries. Just don’t douse it in spirit and set it alight…

Paul A Young Christmas collection

Paul Young Christmas chocolate collection

Ummm.. You’re gonna need a bigger box. Because one each of the nine fine specimens in Paul’s Christmas collection is nowhere near enough. White port and Wensleydale, sweet potato pie, and Brewdog porter ganache with ginger molasses cake and cocoa nibs are especially arresting – read about the remainder here.

Feast your eyes on more festive chocolate:

  • For a guide to the best chocolate coins for Christmas, click here
  • To read a full review of Paul A Young’s Christmas chocolate collection, click here
  • To read about Christmas chocolate from La Maison du Chocolat, Lidl, Montezuma’s, & more, click here
  • To read about Christmas chocolate from Lakeland, Hotel Chocolat, Bord Bia & more, click here
  • To read about Christmas chocolate from Valrhona, Sous Chef, Carluccio’s & more, click here
  • To read about Christmas chocolate from Selfridges, Harvey Nichols, & Marc Demarquette, click here

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5 responses to “The best Christmas chocolate Santa could send

  1. Uncle Roy’s whole product range is fab! These are my recommends, not my personal stash 😉 Happy to have a visit from Santa…

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