My little luxury: chocolate

Twelve tastemakers reveal their top indulgences

Olivia Chantecaille loves Hu Organic Fairtrade Chocolate
Olivia Chantecaille loves Hu Organic Fairtrade Chocolate

Olivia Chantecaille, creative director of Chantecaille

“I recommend Hu Fairtrade Organic Dark Chocolate. The almond butter and puffed-quinoa bar is a necessary afternoon pick-me-up.” hukitchen.com

Alain Ducasse Almonds Dragées, €25 for 250g
Alain Ducasse Almonds Dragées, €25 for 250g

Victoire de Taillac-Touhami, co-founder of Buly 1803

“I would never forgo Alain Ducasse’s chocolate almonds – a particular pleasure.” lechocolat-alainducasse.com

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Alice Archer, fashion designer

“Booja Booja Almond Salted Caramel Chocolate Truffles are the best I’ve tasted. They’re also dairy-free, gluten-free and soya-free.” boojabooja.com

Booja-Booja Almond Salted Caramel Chocolate Truffles, £8.99
Booja-Booja Almond Salted Caramel Chocolate Truffles, £8.99

Gabriela Hearst, fashion designer

“I’ve given up lots of things to be healthy, including coffee, but I would never give up dark chocolate, and 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

Pierre Marcolini Trinitario Sambirano Madagascar Tablet, £6
Pierre Marcolini Trinitario Sambirano Madagascar Tablet, £6

Wes Gordon, creative director of Carolina Herrera

“I’m a fan of milk chocolate. I like a high-low mix. Fancy, artisanal chocolate is good, but I also adore classic candy. Toblerone is my favourite.” 

Orfève Suisse de Cacao et Chocolat Geneve, about £10
Orfève Suisse de Cacao et Chocolat Geneve, about £10 | Image: Nicolas Zentner

Dominique Lévy, co-founder of art gallery Lévy Gorvy

“Very dark chocolate and Japanese whisky – not necessarily together! Villars from Switzerland is my chocolate of choice; it’s made without added sugar and I like to snack on it throughout the day.” villars.com

Marou Ben Tre 78% Dark Chocolate, $10, from The Meadow
Marou Ben Tre 78% Dark Chocolate, $10, from The Meadow

Maximilian Büsser, founder of MB&F watches

“Orfève chocolate is delicious. Good friends of mine in Geneva, François-Xavier Mousin and Caroline Buechler, quit their jobs and went into creating the most amazing chocolate, from bean to bar. They sold their cars, used their savings and bought all the machines. They buy the beans from all over the world and the chocolate is so good I can’t eat any other kind now.” orfeve.com

Auer Amandes Princesse chocolate almonds, about £25 for 250g
Auer Amandes Princesse chocolate almonds, about £25 for 250g

Mary McCartney, photographer 

“My favourite is Green & Black’s Maya Gold chocolate – and chocolate-covered peanuts, as that way I feel a bit healthy. I love snacking.” greenandblacks.co.uk

Artisan du Chocolat Dark Chocolate 100% Cocoa, £3.99
Artisan du Chocolat Dark Chocolate 100% Cocoa, £3.99

Silvia Furmanovich, jeweller

“The Meadow is a store specialising in all kinds of salt, including Himalayan pink salt, but also the best chocolates in the world. They have a ‘library’ of chocolate from places like Madagascar, Vietnam and Grenada. I love one called Marou Ben Tre from Vietnam.” themeadow.com

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Alberto Morillas, perfumer

“I love the Amandes Princesse chocolate almonds from Geneva confiseur Auer. Opening the packet is dangerous because each almond tastes better than the previous one.” maison-auer.com

Bodo Sperlein, product designer and creative consultant

“For me, the best is Artisan du Chocolat’s 100 per cent Chocolate Bar. It is so full of antioxidants, I can feel good while I’m sinning.” artisanduchocolat.com

Julie de Libran, fashion designer

“I love dark chocolate. Any brand will do, I love all kinds, but if I am pressed I’d choose Debeauve et Gallais.” debauve-et-gallais.fr

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