I originally thought of doing another chocolate box collaboration with Cocoa Runners to launch just before Christmas. But January is a tough month (little did we know, back then, how tough it would get) and so I thought we could all do with a bit of treaty comfort and here we are.
This is a beat-the-January-blues box, for which I’ve handpicked every chocolate for its solace and joy-bringing qualities. Most is dark milk, but all of it is delicious and ethical.
What’s in it? Another thickly coated Pralus Barre Infernale but this time encasing nougat: impossible to stop eating, chewing – and it’s messy. Boho Milk with Potato Chips – truly one for those ‘do I want crisps, do I want chocolate?’ moments; with this bar you have both. It’s about as comforting a chocolate as you’ll find at the moment.
Then there’s Willie’s Cacao Milk of the Stars 54%, king of dark milks, and Dormouse’s Madagascar Toasted White, the bar which changed my mind about white chocolate – and perfect for eating with an afternoon film. Finally, there’s a bag of mixed chocolate buttons – a first! – Menakao 44% milk and Original Beans 75% dark.
As with the last box, a proportion of sales goes to charity and neither I nor the Observer benefits. The box is priced at £37.95 with a 10% discount if you order before 7 February quoting reference ‘blues1’, and thereafter £2.50 for each box sold will be donated to Camfed.