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Easter chocolate guide.

Forget the palm oil this Easter! Clever New Zealand chocolatiers are creating divine chocolate delights to make stuffing our faces slightly less guilt-inducing.

Here are our top three picks…

1. Hogarth Chocolate www.hogarthchocolate.co.nz

Having taken out the Supreme Award at the 2018 New Zealand Chocolate Awards, Hogarth Chocolate is making waves in the chocolate scene here and overseas. Based in Nelson, their process focuses on preserving the flavours within the cacao and using traditional techniques, including an aging process that lets the acidity mellow. Their limited edition Andy Warhol Egg comes in dark or white chocolate and is almost too pretty to eat.

Fan fave: Don’t skip breakfast, try the Buttered Toast and Sea Salt chocolate block, 70g, $11.50.

Runner up: Hazelnut Spread, 210g, $11.50.

2. Trade Aid www.tradeaid.org.nz/shop/chocolate/

Kiwis know the organic, fair trade brand well, and their yummy ethical chocolate bars are just another reason to get behind their amazing ethical work. The luxurious bars are crafted with integrity and passion in Trade Aid’s Christchurch based chocolate factory. The team says having a link to the farmers who produce the ingredients makes their bars taste extra good.

Fan fave: Step up your scorched almond game with Dark Chocolate Almonds 130g, $8.99.

Runner up: Salt Toffee Crisp chocolate bar 100g, $4.99.

3. Ocho Otago Chocolate Company www.ocho.co.nz 

Ocho is the new era of Dunedin chocolate. The company uses native botanicals and cocao beans sourced from around the Pacific to craft their acclaimed bars. They keep things simple by using only a few ingredients and a hands-on process. The company says their chocolate is healthy and sustainable, so good for growers, makers, and eaters.

Fan fave: If you’re a dark chocolate lover, go for the award winning 100% Cacao Solomons, 95g, $11.50

Runner up: Manuka honey Beekeeper bar, 95g, $11.50.

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