Top 10: Sweet Suffolk treats to show your Valentine just how much you love them

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If your other half has a hankering for goodies of the sucrose-laden variety, let them feast on something scrumdiddlyumptious from one of these local artisan producers this Valentine’s Day.

They might even let you share!

Charlotte Smith-Jarvis shares 10 of her favourites.

B Chocolates – Dark Chocolate Honey and Sea Salt Caramels

Smooth, deeply butterscotchy caramel infused with honey from their own or local hives, enrobed in dark, decadent chocolate. Yes please! The box is very pretty too. www.bchocolates.co.uk


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Pump Street – Sourdough and Sea Salt Chocolate

One of the only bean to bar chocolate producers in the UK – right here in Suffolk in the lovely village of Orford. The chocolatiers are picky in their choice of beans and work with small scale producers,choosing only the best.This gorgeous bar, made with dark Venezuelan chocolate and toasted malty crumbs of the bakery’s own sourdough bread is balanced by the addition of a hit of salt. It is totally addictive. www.pumpstreetbakery.com

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Marimba – Hot Chocolate Melts

The ultimate hot chocolate with a whole bar in every cup. Rich, indulgent, smooth and ideal for chocolate lovers who like their cocoa in molten form. The flakes are made from single origin cocoa beans from the Dominican Republic, Venezuela and Ecuador. Pop in to the Sudbury shop too to find loose chocolates in the counter and interesting syrups to add to your drinks. www.marimbaworld.co.uk

Just Truffles – Champagne Truffles

Handmade chocolates made with love in the Waveney Valley using Belgian chocolate and only natural ingredients. The range includes dairy and sugar-free options that don’t compromise on flavour or looks. Choose the Valentine Champagne Truffles, comprising a smooth boozy ganache coated in milk chocolate with a fine dusting of powdered sugar. Or how about an aromatic and ever so pretty box of traditional rose creams adorned with crystallised pink rose petals? www.justtrufflesonline.co.uk

Hadleigh Maid – Walnut and Pink Mallow Whirls

A family business for several decades, Hadleigh Maid is expert in producing fine chocolates and due to controlling their own packaging and design facilities can offer a unique box personalisation service. As well as boxes of truffles and pralines, Hadleigh Maid is super proud of its special mallow whirls, made up of their own recipe mallow, smothered in oodles of thick milk chocolate. The walnut topped pink mallow version is their homage to lovers this February. Find them at your local Co-op store or at www.hadleighmaid.com

Artistry in Cocoa – Real Ale Truffles

No, you’re not dreaming. These are real ale truffles. What could be a more apt Valentine’s gift for a beer connoisseur? Made in Newmarket and sold alongside a whole host of other very good things, these dreamy truffles are infused with good old Suffolk ale, from Abbot’s Reserve to IPA, Old Crafty Hen and Suffolk Springer. Eating them alongside a pint is optional! www.artistryincocoa.co.uk

Cocoa Mama - Box of handmade truffles

The genius behind the fresh cream, single origin chocolate goodies of Cocoa Mama is former motoring journalist and Top Gear presenter Helen Fraser. Sold online and at her chocolaterie in Eye, a selection box of chocolates could include Caramel Cream (soft dulce de leche caramel in milk chocolate), Girls Night In (red wine ganache in milk chocolate with a dark chocolate love heart) and Raspberry Breeze (dark chocolate blended with fresh raspberry puree covered in white chocolate). www.cocoamama.co.uk

Yum Yum Tree Fudge – Any flavour

Gourmet fudge made in Suffolk using British milk, butter and sugar with diabetic options available. Try the strawberries and cream flavour this Valentine’s Day – just because they’re pink. Or go for smooth Belgian white or dark chocolate. www.yumyumtreefudge.com

Artisan Marshmallows – Any flavour

Only the best ingredients will do for these cloud-like marshmallows. Fairtrade unrefined sugar, fresh seasonal fruit and no artificial flavours, colourings or preservatives. We like the blueberry, chocolate cinnamon swirl and lemon haze versions. http://artisan-marshmallows.myshopify.com

Petite and Sweet - Strawberry and Shortbread bar

The guys at Petite and Sweet (found at Suffolk Food Hall’s Cookhouse building) make a range of solid chocolate bars with flavour infusions. This Belgian white chocolate bar with chunks of buttery shortbread and freeze dried strawberries is rather attractive and ideal for your Valentine. www.petiteandsweet.co.uk

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