Once upon a time, the likes of strawberry, lime, coffee and fudge were miraculously combined with chocolate.
Once upon a time, the likes of strawberry, lime, coffee and fudge were miraculously combined with chocolate. Then the mass-produced likes of Cadbury's Roses and Quality Street gave these harmonious flavours a bad name. You can't refuse one when handed a box, but they make a mockery of proper chocolate.
Davenports, from North Shields, numbers a vintage collection among its various products, converting such traditional flavours into something which genuinely merits rose-tinted nostalgia.
Parma Violet Cream conveys the air of its sweet inspiration with none of the cloying perfume; rum and raisin truffle boasts well judged booziness; lime cream marries wonderfully with its chocolate casing, without dominating. Perennial classics, like a stupendously chewy salted peanut caramel and a vanilla fudge which you could eat 50 of without pausing for breath, confirm that this is a skilled chocolatier at work.
£11.95 from www.davenportschocolates.co.uk