Fab four: chocolate

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Artisan chocolatiers are coming into their own as consumption of mass produced chocolate bars declines. And so to mark UK Chocolate Week, All Things Artisan has selected four fabulous, award-winning West Country artisan chocolatiers.

Solkiki Chocolate-maker – Dorset

A lifelong passion for chocolate led Iris and Bob Solkiki to found their business two years ago, producing handmade fine-flavoured artisan chocolate from carefully selected ingredients. Recommended: 85% Philippines, Kablon Farms, South Cotabato – Dark. Buy online, £6/bar

Café au Chocolat – Gloucestershire

Liz and Nigel Dawson set up this independent coffee shop just two years ago, specialising in award-winning homemade chocolates.  Recommended: Milk Chocolate Salted Caramel Bar. Buy at Cafe au Chocolat – 137 High Street, Tewkesbury, GL20 5JR. More info.

Gilbert & Swayne – Somerset

Jane Swayne became a chocolatier in 2013 producing chocolates either Fair Trade or single origin organic.  Recommended: Coffee & Somerset Cider Brandy chocolate. Buy online, £10/box.

Ms Cocoa – Cornwall

Christine Foster gave up office work to study Patisserie and Confectionery where she fell in love with chocolate and went on to qualify as a chocolatier, setting up her own business two years ago. Recommended: Whisky Truffles. Buy online, £17.50/box.