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8 Great Taste Awards & Harrods Launch 2019

FULL GIFT RANGE LAUNCHING IN HARRODS & WINNING 8 GREAT TASTE AWARDS 2019


CHOCOLATE AND LOVE HAS LAUNCHED THIS SUMMER THEIR ENTIRE GIFT RANGE IN WORLD-RENOWNED DEPARTMENT STORE HARRODS.

THE TEAM AT CHOCOLATE AND LOVE IS CELEBRATING THE RECENT WIN OF 8 GREAT TASTE AWARDS.

Co-founder Richard O’Connor is delighted that Chocolate and Love has just recently launched in Harrods and is already selling successfully. “Harrods is a perfect place for our luxury chocolate as Harrods attracts a discerning international clientele who is looking for high-quality, beautifully-wrapped gifts.”

Harrods is Europe’s largest department store. Iconic and synonymous with luxury; it is so exquisitely presented, delivered with the best service and in a truly stunning setting.


About the recent win of 8 Great Taste Awards Richard O’Connor says: “We are very happy to have earned 8 awards at Great Taste Awards 2019. To win and compete alongside some of the UK’s best producers is a great honour. We are delighted Chocolate and Love received 8 awards bringing our grand total of Great Taste Awards to 37 across our range of 9 variants over several years.”

Co-founder Birgitte Hovmand O’Connor says further: “We congratulate all farmers we buy the cacao beans from. The beans are really the stars of the show! How the chocolate is made is of course important too. It all has to be made with love! Department stores, delis, health stores and farmers’ markets are all packed with variety.

Great Taste Awards help consumers make a decision when faced with a shelf full of packages. When we develop new flavours, we have ambitious goals. If it’s not great, it’s not worth doing and we are so thrilled with the recognition.”


SOME COMMENTS FROM THE JUDGES:

CREAMY DARK - 55%

RECEIVED 2-STARS AWARD

A lovely complex aroma and as you bite,there was such a lovely crunch on the nibs and a full rich, creamy flavour. Perfect sweetness and not too rich.

PANAMA - 80%
RECEIVED 1-STAR AWARD Vegan

Well made, melting evenly in the mouth producing a smooth and creamy melt. Full, rich, deep intensity of cocoa.

RICH DARK - 71%
RECEIVED 1-STAR AWARD Vegan

The finish went from red fruit to citrus.Delicious! Creamy smooth and velvety texture, on melting it releases rich cocoa notes with some intensity and a fair balance of sweet and bitter.

POMEGRANATE - 70%
RECEIVED 1-STAR AWARD Vegan

Chocolate and fruit work well together, harmonious. Great mouth feel of the chocolate with excellent melting qualities.

MADAGASCAR - 70%
RECEIVED 1-STAR AWARD

The initial taste is fruity - almost citrusy.Rich deep cocoa notes coming through.The flavours keep on coming!

ORANGE - 65%
RECEIVED 1-STAR AWARD Vegan

The deep complex flavours deliver a powerful punch which is not overpowered by the perfectly balanced orange notes.

COFFEE - 55%
RECEIVED 1-STAR AWARD

Excellent melting, creamy and buttery mouth feel releasing the intense balance of coffee and chocolate which has good complexity and length and would be thoroughly enjoyed after dinner.

SEA SALT & CARAMEL - 55%
RECEIVED 1-STAR AWARD

A lovely chocolate bar with a good crunch. Just the right balance of sea salt and caramel with a deep long finish.


FACTS ABOUT HARRODS

As one of the world’s most famous department stores, Harrods is an essential shopping destination in London. It is the largest department store in Europe and lays claim to having its own unique postcode, SW1X 7XL. The iconic Harrods food hall is the ultimate place to pick up food souvenirs. The historic Grade II-listed hall has recently undergone a substantial transformation, stocked with the best luxury products from world-leading brands.

Up to 300,000 customers visit the shop on peak days, comprising the highest proportion of customers from non-English speaking countries of any department store in London. More than five thousand staff from over fifty different countries work at Harrods.


Chocolate and Love can be found in The Chocolate Hall, Level 1.

FACTS ABOUT OTHER RETAILERS SELLING CHOCOLATE AND LOVE

We have the pleasure of working with health shops, speciality stores, deli’s and chocolate shops. In addition to Harrods, we are very proud suppliers to other department stores such as KaDeWe in Germany and Printemps in France. The wonderful shops Central Market in USA, Whole Foods Market in the UK, BioCompany in Germany, Nature & Découverte and Comptoirs Richard in France and many more fantastic independent shops around the World are offering our chocolate to their customers.

FACTS ABOUT GREAT TASTE AWARDS

There were 12,772 entries into Great Taste Awards this year. Great Taste is the world’s largest and most trusted food and drink awards. A diverse panel of over 500 experts ensures a professional way to get honest, straightforward and impartial feedback from top chefs and restaurateurs, buyers, food writers and retailers. Great Taste stars are highly respected seals of approval.
This year’s wins bring Chocolate and Love to a total of 37 Great Taste Awards, one Silver and one Bronze Academy of Chocolate over several years.

ABOUT CHOCOLATE AND LOVE

The love story began when a chocolate-craving Scotsman and a foodie Dane met ... and now we run a family business. We make award-winning organic Fairtrade chocolate, which brings smiles to people’s faces and makes them feel good about themselves and the planet. We love it! Chocolate that tastes good and does good too.

We have a real passion for good natural food. Chocolate is fascinating; we treasure the richness and all the exciting flavours. The taste profile depends on the type of cacao bean, soil, weather, fermentation, roasting, conching etc. We source our amazing cacao from The Dominican Republic, Peru, Panama and Madagascar and each origin has their distinct flavour profile.

As much care is lavished upon the ingredients, packaging and materials as goes into developing the products. When we develop new flavours, we have ambitious goals. If it’s not great, it’s not worth doing. Our core values dictate our ethical sourcing, organic status, environmentally-responsible materials as we have a genuine wish to run an eco-friendly business.

We have 9 different flavours in the range. All 9 existing flavours are multi-award-winning. We develop our recipes with our mantra in mind “more cocoa, less sugar” and we have 7 vegan flavours.

Download Press Release: 

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Further information
For further press information please contact marketing@chocolateandlove.com and please visit chocolateandlove.com.

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TRY OUR FLAVOURS

COFFEE CHOCOLATE

ORANGE CHOCOLATE

MINT CHOCOLATE

POMEGRANATE CHOCOLATE

PANAMA SINGLE ORIGIN CHOCOLATE

RICH DARK CHOCOLATE

CREAMY DARK CHOCOLATE

SEA SALT CARAMEL DARK CHOCOLATE

CARAMELISED HAZLENUTS AND SEA SALT MILK CHOCOLATE