Leading tastemakers choose chocolate worth hunting out – for Easter and beyond

From the deceptively healthy to the downright decadent

Alain Ducasse in London’s Coal Drops Yard
Alain Ducasse in London’s Coal Drops Yard | Image: Pierre Monetta

Jean Nouvel, architect

I bought ganache chocolates by Alain Ducasse on a recent trip. They are made of single-origin cocoa and are incredibly dark and rich. Like smoking or drinking, tasting this kind of chocolate for the first time can be repulsive, but then it becomes like a delicious, addictive drug. Discovery box, from €19; lechocolat-alainducasse.com.

Alain Ducasse 30 Single-Origin Ganaches
Alain Ducasse 30 Single-Origin Ganaches | Image: Atelier Mai 98

Katharine Pooley, interior designer

I love Godiva’s Truffle Speculoos chocolates. They’re inspired by the traditional Belgian biscuit speculoos and are utterly irresistible, with a light mousse centre. I buy them loose in bags from Godiva’s in-store shop at Harrods. harrods.com.


Rosetta Getty, fashion designer

I adore the I Am Joy chocolates from Café Gratitude in Los Angeles. They’re delicious and deceptively healthy, made of shredded coconut, almonds and a hard chocolate shell, with no added sugar. $3 each; 639 North Larchmont Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90004 (+1323-580 6383; cafegratitude.com).

I Am Joy chocolates from Café Gratitude
I Am Joy chocolates from Café Gratitude

Kilian Hennessy, perfumer

I recommend a visit to the chocolatier Jacques Genin, who is based in Le Marais in Paris. He uses unusual ingredients such as jasmine – his work actually inspired my Noir Aphrodisiaque fragrance. jacquesgenin.fr.

Jacque Genin in Paris
Jacque Genin in Paris

Gabriela Hearst, fashion designer

I’ve given up lots of things to be healthy, including coffee, but there’s no way I could give up dark chocolate – even my nutritionist is relaxed about it. My favourite is Pierre Marcolini’s; I can’t get it in the States, so I stock up when I’m in Europe. eu.marcolini.com.

Patrick Roger assortment
Patrick Roger assortment

Alice Archer, fashion designer

My absolute favourites are Booja Booja Almond Salted Caramel Chocolate Truffles, which are dairy-free, gluten-free, soya-free and the best truffles I’ve tasted. £3.99 for 69g; ocado.com.

Poco Dolce Olive Oil & Sea Salt Bar
Poco Dolce Olive Oil & Sea Salt Bar

Alberto Morillas, perfumer

For me, it’s Amandes Princesse chocolate almonds from the Geneva confiseur Auer. Opening the packet is dangerous because each almond tastes better than the previous one. About £25 for 250g; Rue de Rive, 1204 Geneva (+4122-311 4286; chocolat-auer.ch).


Jennifer Chamandi, footwear designer

We always keep a supply of chocolates by Patrick Roger in our wine fridge. He is so good at his craft that he’s a Meilleur Ouvrier de Francepatrickroger.com.

Clare Waight Keller, creative director of Givenchy

Chocolate is the one indulgence I couldn’t forego. In San Francisco I go to Poco Dolce for their thick slabs of dark chocolate; in London I go to Rococo for the really fantastic sea-salt wafers. Poco Dolce, 2419 3rd Street, San Francisco, CA 94107 (+1415-255 1443; pocodolce.com). Rococo Chocolate, 321 King’s Road, London SW3 (020-7352 5857; rococochocolates.com).

Dominique Lévy, art adviser, collector and dealer

I love very dark chocolate, and Villars from Switzerland is my favourite; it’s made without added sugar, so I like to snack on it throughout the day. Villars, about £2.50 for 100g; villars.com.

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