I am a fully paid up, card carrying, unashamed chocoholic. Let's just get that out of the way first, shall we? If there is a pudding on the menu that involves chocolate in any shape or form, you can be 99% sure that I will order it. If there are two, then I'll be trying to convince D to order the other one.
This has been going on for a long time. My mother claims to still remember the look of bliss that passed across my face the very first time that I was given a chocolate button. And I'm sure that there is a story in the family annals about me as a toddler managing to steal and eat my way through an entire box of chocolates (and it does sound like the kind of thing that I would do - moderation and I are not regular bedfellows).
Mind you, I'm not a chocolate snob. A four finger Kit Kat is a thing of beauty and a joy forever. As is a bar of Dairy Milk, cold from the fridge and eaten with a cup of coffee. But on the days when I don't have many points to spare yet need a chocolate hit, I tend to find myself turning towards the more expensive end of the market where you find greater intensity and complexity of flavour and thus can satisfy yourself with a smaller amount (theoretically).
And so it is that I wanted to commend to your attention the wonderful products produced by Amelia Rope. If you're a chocolate fan - particularly a salted chocolate fan - then you need to give these a whirl because in terms of balancing flavours this woman is on a par with Willy Wonka himself. The chocolate itself is superlative but factor in a dusting of sea salt and a few drops of one of Ms Rope's beautiful flavoured oils and you have an absolute masterpiece. If I had to pick a favourite, I'd probably come down on the side of pale lemon and sea salt simply because it is a slightly unusual pairing and utterly, compellingly delicious. If portion control is your issue, then follow the example of D, who got me a box of salted chocolate cubes instead of an Easter egg; these are an absolutely perfect way for me to get a sweet fix at the end of the day and still feel relatively virtuous.
This is not a cheap product by any means, and the fixed £5 delivery charge means that you are better off buying a number of bars at a time - although this is no very great hardship. If you are a fellow chocolate lover and you do give it a try then I'd love to hear what you think - or alternatively, get your own recommendations.
NB: Sadly, this is not a sponsored post. It is just bloody lovely chocolate.
NB2: If you are a Weight Watcher, both milk and dark chocolate are 1pp per 7g square.