Posted March 29th, 2018

Have you tried Dark Sugars? We absolutely love their chocolate here at Loaf (think scrummy sea salt caramel pearls, tasty stem ginger and honey truffles and delicious hot chocolate). They travelled around South America and West Africa on a mission to learn about all things cocoa before perfecting their recipes and heading back to East London. That's a very successful trip in our book.

For your chance to WIN a box of Dark Sugars chocolates PLUS a tasting experience for you and a friend in their Cocoa House (based in Brick Lane, London), just tell us what kind of plant cocoa (or cacao) is. Is it:

A bush
A vine
A tree

Cook up your answer to [email protected] or pop it on our Facebook page or Twitter feed using #DarkSugars by Monday 2nd April. We'll pick the lucky winner at random from the correct answers and announce the champion on our blog the very next day.

And to top it off, if you've already OD'd on Easter eggs why not try this amazing Dark Sugars truffle recipe below? Pop your pinny on and get stuck into a sinful truffle or two!


The Loafers x

Coffee and Walnut Truffle Recipe

(Makes 60 Truffles)


175g coarsely chopped roasted walnuts

550g finely chopped plain chocolate (min 70%)

125g extra brute cocoa powder

100g melted and tempered chocolate

300ml double cream

150ml arabica espresso coffee


  1. Put the cream in the saucepan and set on medium-low heat. Bring to the boil, then take the saucepan off the heat and add the chopped chocolate
  2. Stir very gently until the chocolate has completely melted into the cream (your ganache)
  3. Stir the espresso ino the ganache
  4. Place the ganache into the fridge for at least an hour
  5. Gently fold in coarsly chopped roasted walnuts into the ganache
  6. Use a piping bag to pipe truffles into desired shape (Dark Sugars prefers log shapes)
  7. Place the piped rolled ganache back into the fridge for an hour
  8. Melt and temper 100g chocolate, dip the piped ganache into the melted and tempered chocolate and then coat in brute cocoa powder
  9. Sit back and enjoy. Depending on where the mood takes you, consider playing some funk, afro beats or Ella Fitzgerald (Dark Sugars prefers the "Africando" album)

The Nitty Gritty

  • 1 x winner will win 1 x box of chocolates and a tasting session at Dark Sugar for them and a friend
  • Each person is limited to one entry only
  • Entrant's address must be in mainland UK
  • Entries submitted after 11.59pm on Monday 2nd April 2018 will not be counted
  • The winner will be announced on the blog Tuesday 3rd April 2018 and notified by email
  • The winner will be chosen at random from the correct answers. The result is final and no discussion will be entered into concerning the outcome
  • By entering the competition you give Loaf the right to use your name for the sole purpose of identifying you as a winner of the competition on our blog and other social media sites
  • The prize is non-transferrable