30 Days of Chocolate: How many have you tried?

I mean, really, who wouldn't want that?!



World Chocolate Day is just around the corner, (yes a whole day of chocolate on 7 July) and what better way to show appreciation for the sweet treat, than trying something new.


The sweet toothed folk at Cairn Collection, owners of many hotels in Newcastle, have hand-picked 30 kinds of cacao (yes 30) that are a must try for all chocolate lovers!


So, let's get started, get your pen out and check these off.


Superfood ‘raw’ chocolate

The chocolate market has grown vastly in appreciation for dietary requirements, cue the rise of chocolate for the health conscious amongst us! With additions such as spirulina, maca powder, and ginger, these chocolates can boast a whole host of vitamins and minerals, which are often lacking in the traditional form. Pacari’s spirulina range also contains coconut sugar, and is nut free, gluten free, dairy free, palm oil free, and vegan… it’s chocolate, but not as we know it!


Avocado white chocolate

The millennial craze for avocados has reached new highs with the creation of white chocolate infused with the fruit. Avocado has split opinions in the past, so you will either love or hate this one, but you won’t know until you give it a go!


Salted caramel swirl

This one has been popular for quite a while now, as it offers something just a bit different with the salty and sweet combination. A luxury option to look out for is Paul A Youngs’ range of sea salted caramels, available in PAY’s chic London boutiques, a delectable souvenir to pick up in the capital.


Green tea KitKat

The product designers at KitKat have revised their classic bar, and turned it green. Their green tea range is set to hit the shelves of UK stores in 2019, and it could become the new way to take a break when the mid-afternoon munchies hit! KitKats are massively popular in Japan, with over 300 flavour varieties available. Green tea has been prominent for the past few years, regarded for its array of health benefits including its role in aiding digestion.


Wasabi

This one packs a punch, and not everyone will look for a spice sensation in their choice of chocolate bar. Nonetheless, it has been hailed as oddly genius, and it was even sold by chocolatier Lindor in the US, with bars still available to order from some ecommerce sites. If you can handle the heat, try a square or two. It isn’t the only ingredient from Asian cuisines to appear in chocolate, as soy sauce can be used in baking for brownies.


Irn Bru chocolate

Found at York’s Chocolate Story, this chocolate replicates the flavour of the popular carbonated beverage, providing a unique tasting sweet treat. The popular York venue is a must for sweet toothed tourists, as guests can create their own varieties as well as sampling some of the finest cocoa and learning about its history.


Brown mice at the oldest sweet shop in England.

Staying in Yorkshire, the town of Pateley Bridge, near Harrogate, is home to the oldest sweet shop in England and it stocks some historic sweet treats. The humble brown chocolate mouse is never a bad addition to your pick and mix bag, and they also have a range of vintage favourites, including Caramac bars and Walnut Whips. You’ll be spoilt for choice.


Chilli chocolate

This mouth tingling choice is available widely, with many strengths to choose from. For those who do fancy some sizzle with their sweet treat, chilli chocolate is excellent.


Goat’s cheese

A goat’s cheese chocolate truffle is one of the most popular options for this quirky alternative, which is renowned as a waistline-friendly option. Find these in specialist chocolatier stores or try baking a homemade batch.


Bacon

Now here’s an interesting one. Hickory smoked bacon and 62 per cent dark chocolate have been combined to produce a revolutionary experience for even the most experienced of chocolate connoisseurs. Prepare your taste buds for this fusion of two food icons; it really does capture the best of both worlds.


Tobacco

A well-rounded, woody flavour, tobacco invokes a distant taste experience when used in chocolate bars. It is popular in truffle form, but it could prove difficult to get a hold of as it is illegal in several countries, including the United States.


Shiitake mushroom