To celebrate Chocolate Day on 7th July 2017 we’ve selected a few of our favourite treats that we have Rated for Racegoers. Cheers to chocolate!

PICNIC PIECES

CHARBONNEL ET WALKER, MILK CHOCOLATE SEA SALT CARAMEL THINS

They almost look like biscuits but they’re wafer thin discs of delicious milk chocolate infused with sea salt and caramel. Perfect as an after-picnic chocolate treat for your guests.

WE SAY: Charbonnel et Walker is endorsed by the Royal Warrant as chocolate manufacturers to (renowned racing fan) Her Majesty The Queen – what could be more fitting for your raceday occasion!

Price £12.25 from The Chocolate Trading Company.

BELGIAN CHOCOLATE MACAROONS (Box of 8)

Modelled on the meringue delicacy known as the ‘macaron’, these chocolates look exactly like the real thing with smooth tops and indulgent fillings. Pastel coloured and handmade they are in fact solid white Belgium chocolate. Presented in an attractive gift box, they will make an eye-catching addition to your picnic.

WE SAY: Mix in with the meringue versions to sow confusion and content!

Price £5.99 from I Want One Of Those

 

FRENCH CHOCOLATE PETITS FOURS x 41

For larger picnic parties this selection presents a perfect solution for pudding: contains 5 x Hazelnut and Chocolate Tartlet, 6 x Chocolate and Feuilletine Square, 5 x Pecan Brownie, 5 x CHocolate and Hazelnut Finger, 5 x Milk Chocolate Tonka Financier, 5 x Chocolate Macaron, 5 x Caramel Chocolate Tartlet, 5 x Crunchy Hazelnut, Chocolate and Coffee dome.

ECLIPSE TIP: These are supplied frozen so on hot racedays pack them in a cool bag and let them defrost gently on your way to the racecourse, they will be perfectly chilled by the time you’ve munched through your sandwiches!

Price £31.19 from Ingredients for Cooks

WHITE CHOCOLATE WITH WILD BLUEBERRY TOASTS

For a snack with your afternoon cuppa why not indulge in these crispy little toasts containing sweet wild blueberries, to be dunked in the thick and creamy Belgian white chocolate dip. Each punnet is individually wrapped making them easy to throw into a picnic basket.

WE SAY: They make a great mid-afternoon snack for kids too!

Price for Multipack (6 x 25g punnets) £5.99 from Graze

GIFTS FOR HOSTS AND GUESTS

CHOCOLATE HORSE SHOE

Give a gift of good luck to your raceday host or guests with this novelty chocolate horse shoe, made from fine dark chocolate and hand decorated to a very realistic finish.

WE SAY: How could we resist?!

Price £11.95 from The Chocolate Trading Company

BRIX COLLECTION CHOCOLATE FOR WINE

 

For wine connoisseurs these large bars of chocolate are designed to pair with specific types of tipple. Extra dark for Cabernet Sauvignon, Bordeaux, Barolo, Malbec. Medium dark for Merlot, Shiraz, Zinfandel, Chianti and Rhône. Smooth dark for Champagne, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Vintage Port. Milk chocolate for Port, Sherry, Dessert wines, rosé, Burgundy.

WE SAY: A glorious excuse for wine and choc tasting sessions in between races – and consider bringing some wine to go with it!

Price £15.99 (excl. wine) from Adnams Cellar & Kitchen

PREMIER CRU, CHOCOLATE TASTING GIFT BOX

This box is brimming with bright colours containing the full collection of milk and dark Premier Cru chocolates created by Michel Cluizel. Contains 28 neapolitans of: Los Ancones, Mokaya, Vila Gracinda, Maralumi and Mangaro. Complete with tasting notes.

ECLIPSE TIP: Make sure to sample each one so you can experience the unique characteristics and fine flavours of each single estate chocolate, or if you must share, pick according to your favourite racing colours…

Price £14.95 from The Chocolate Trading Company

HEAVENLY HAMPERS

CHAMPAGNE SENSATION GIFT

This Champagne Sensation Hamper is beautifully presented in a smart black gift box accompanied by a selection of indulgent Monty Bojangles Chocolate Truffles.

WE SAY: Perfect for celebrating a winner!

Price £55 from Hamper.com

CHOCOLATE HEAVEN HAMPER

In-dul-gent! This huge hamper contains a wide selection of choctastic temptations: gourmet triple chocolate cookies, double chocolate muffin, Belgian hazelnut pralines, white chocolate truffles, three different varieties of dark chocolate mints and unusual milk chocolate ‘stones’. All beautifully gift-wrapped in a seagrass & wooden basket.

ECLIPSE TIP: Don’t eat it all by yourself. Seriously.

Price £36.99 from Hamper Gifts

TIN OF TREATS

A trio of pretty tins filled with chocolates, cake, sweets and biscuits including: Choc-affair Peach & Apricot Hard Boiled Sweets in Milk Bottle, Hames Luxury Milk Chocolate Sweet Mandarin Truffles, Linden Lady Handmade Luxury Florentines, Simply Cornish Ginger Fairings and The Original Cake Company Chocolate Log Topped with Buttons & Choc Candy Beans.

WE SAY: Of course the tins will be really handy for reusing next time, but they’re also a great excuse for baking cakes in between racedays….

Price £34.99 from Virginia Hayward Hampers

EVENING RACING

DARK CHOCOLATE HOT CHOCOLATE BONBONS SELECTION BOX

Round up the day or warm up for evening racing with a good cup of hot chocolate. Choose from Mint, Chilli or Ginger Hot Chocolate Bonbons (this box contains two each) – simply drop one into a hot cup of milk and stir for a while for an amazing dark chocolate drink.

ECLIPSE TIP: Don’t mistake them for truffles and pop them straight in your mouth… it has been known (not naming any names here Eclipse team…)

Price £5.99 from Cane and Bean

PERSONALISED ROSE & BEE COCOA MUG

For haute hot choc couture, place your chocolate bonbons into a personalised cocoa cup from top mug maker Emma Bridgewater.

WE SAY: Why not order a mug for each of your guests so they don’t get mixed up – they’ll be a lovely memento of their day too.

Price from £22.95 +£1 per character from Emma Bridgewater

Karen Sargeant

Karen Sargeant

Karen can usually be found glued to her computer or at the stables. Having edited several national magazines she co-founded Eclipse Magazine in 2008 after realising that many of her friends were nervous about going racing due to lack of information – what to wear, how to bet etc.

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