In Britain we eat more chocolate per person than anywhere else in the world - around 9kg each a year! - and our annual expenditure on chocolate is over £5 billion. Ten percent of this is spent at Easter with over 80 million chocolate Easter eggs sold each year. In addition to this, we munch our way through over 200 million Cadbury's Creme Eggs - that's an average of three per person!
A recent report has revealed that our love affair with chocolate has risen steadily over the last ten years, but it seems that certain areas eat more than others. In Wales , for example, a person spends almost twice as much per week on it than the average Londoner. But despite these regional variations, the nation as a whole is agreed on one thing.its favourite type of chocolate, with Cadbury's Dairy Milk continuing to be the best-selling brand, closely followed by Mars and Twix.
Although these chocolate bars remain our every-day favourites, there has also been a rise in chocolate awareness, and more and more people are starting to opt for quality dark chocolate instead. Good quality dark chocolate (containing at least fifty percent cocoa solids) can be fairly hard to come-by; you are certainly unlikely to find it in your local newsagents alongside the usual milk chocolate varieties. But it is widely available online, and even the very best luxury chocolate won't break the bank.
Whether you want a luxury chocolate bar, or a box of gourmet Belgian chocolate truffles, you should be able to find what you are looking for on the internet. As a rule, online chocolate shops have a better selection than even specialist high-street chocolatiers because they do not have the same space restraints. And because they have fewer overheads, online prices tend to be better too.
Another advantage of shopping online is that you can get your chocolate gift-wrapped and sent directly to someone else, usually with next-day delivery if required. Perfect for those last-minute birthday or anniversary presents!
Within this website you will find explanations of the different types and varieties of chocolate, where it comes from, how it is made and where you can buy it. So, if your taste buds are ready...chocs away!!!