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Notes on chocolate: nut-milk and honeycomb made my May

May was a fine autumn month. There were days the skies above my house looked radically different from each window and the mad winds, borrowed from March, blew the cherry blossom into the house like a peace offering. I drank hot chocolate and iced coffee.

My childhood newsagent treat was always a Crunchie, so any sort of honeycomb dipped in chocolate feels special. I ate a slightly more grown-up version in some double-dipped ‘Yorkshire honeycomb rocks’ (made using Yorkshire honey) from White Rabbit Chocolatiers, £9.99/200g, which were delicious (watch your fillings with the chewy honeycomb).

Hotel Chocolat had two superb offerings in its Inventing Room subscription box, £25 a month, in the form of nutmilk-coated hazelnuts (impossible to stop eating) and peanut pillow biscuits, which tasted like the most glorious Club biscuit ever (not) invented.

For a non-vegan, I seem to be eating a lot of vegan chocolate and staying, unintentionally, on the hazelnut theme I can’t recommend highly enough Luisa’s Hazolate milk chocolate, £2.80 for a super cute, snack-sized 25g bar.

Finally, let me tell you about a bar of quite wonderful 50% milk sold by a fab new company called Chocaletta: Ocelot’s organic 50% Femme (the beans are grown by a women’s co-operative in Congo), £5/70g. This bar is a marriage of creaminess and strong cocoa: perfectly balanced and generally perfect. Unlike poor May.