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  1. Sophie Wang (@aecliss)

    Anyone who says they understand themselves is lying: we’re all full of contradictions and internal arguments.

    In any case, it’s sad that it didn’t work out with such a sweet boy (my opinion is based on the fact that he gifts sweets), but at least you have chocolate 🙂

  2. Sig

    Coffee and chocolate can get you through anything methinks. And to have it one wonderful bar – heaven on earth.

    Still worried about stress/sleep situation. Much love and warm mocha hugs. (Coz you know, I’m brown and then there was coffee + chocolate?? No??)

  3. Lou

    ooooo yeah, both of these sounds GREAT – wish the first one had a higher % though, how divine 🙂

    Oh well, if the boy didn’t work out, at least you got some fabulous chocolates out of the experience? A sweeter end than most of MY previous dating sheenanigns…. ick.

  4. CheezyK

    Gah, I don’t know where to start!! Perhaps in order …? I’ve given you my opinion on singledom before so I shan’t repeat myself too much other than to say ‘own it and enjoy it!’. My last Koko Black expedition, inspired by one of your other posts, saw a bar with caramelised cacao nibs make its way home – it was by far our favourite. But, but, eeep! I had no idea there was a St Ali bean one in existence!!! Maybe the fact that I’m working through my lunch break (except for the few minutes I’m spending here as I stuff my face) is not a bad thing after all …
    Sometimes you do, chocolate and coffee in hand indeed (in fact if they make their way from said hand into your mouth and beyond even better!). With all of this new staff around hopefully your bend in the road is coming up soon and the situation improves somewhat. In the meantime … keep on dancing!
    (I’m sorry, for some reason I really don’t seem to be able to keep it short today … but then you’re possibly getting used to that by now :))

  5. Johanna GGG

    If you must do such long days of work (I say with a sternly concerned tone) I am glad you have chocolate and coffee. I hope you have a good break this weekend as it sounds like an intense week – perhaps the intense chocolate suits the intensity of your life – coffee alas is not for me but I do fancy the first fun chocolate – and am also glad to hear you have been having some fun dating

  6. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    That hazelnut bar is a work of art! I wonder if they place the hazelnuts just so or if they’re randomly distributed? Is that a strange question?

  7. Lisa (bakebikeblog)

    isn’t chocolate just the best!

  8. Heidi - Apples Under My Bed

    You know my affection for koko black!! These look lovely. Less lovely is your long work hours. Crazy, lady!!! Lucky you have this chocolate on hand. Wish I could make you soup.
    Heidi xo

  9. leaf (the indolent cook)

    The chocolate does look lovely. Glad the dating was lovely too, even if it wasn’t a permanent thing. As long as you’re having fun and being honest with yourselves and each other, it’s all good.

  10. Kari @ bite-sized thoughts

    If you are going to keep going, chocolate and coffee in hand is definitely the way to do it. And this chocolate looks like it would be fitting for fueling all manner of dastardly days (is that an appropriate use of dastardly? I am keeping it anyway.) Sadly, my taste buds seem to have evolved in a way that means I no longer like coffee flavours *in* chocolate, so it would have to be the hazelnut and cocoa nibs one for me…oh what a shame 😉

  11. Fiona

    Sometimes lovely isn’t what one is after.

  12. veganlisa

    I love relationships that leave gifts behind – either new memories, new perspectives or new chocolates.


  13. Emma

    Oh, dating. Dating dating dating. A boy I dated when I was 15, if you could call it dating then, sent me a bunch of pictures of stuff he recently found from our time knowing each other. I was very concerned about what this “stuff” might be, but it just turned out to be a bunch of playbills from shows that I was in at the time:) So sweet and innocent.

  14. Jordan

    “[T]he below chocolates were gifts from someone I was seeing at the end of last year. He was lovely, dating was lovely, the chocolate was lovely…”

    If he gives you gifts like this when you’re not even dating, there are some big unanswered questions—like “is he single?” and “what’s his number?” 😉

  15. Kath Lockett

    If I was into tattooing words on my person, then Chocolate and Coffee would be right up there as options.

  16. ChopinandMysaucepan

    Dear Hannah,

    Anyone dating you would be a fool if they did not get you beautiful chocolates. If this guy last year had everything and still fell short, the only thing I can think of is that he failed to rise to the occasion? Pun intended 🙂

  17. Hannah

    I’ve never seen whole coffee beans imbedded in a chocolate bar like that before. It’s simply stunning, and I can only dream about the intense flavor and fantastic crunch it would add!

  18. Gary

    I think it’s good to keep some things a little mysterious. It’s good you’re happy 🙂

    The chocolate looks great and as you say, lets enjoy the chocolate.

  19. Hotly Spiced

    That koko black chocolate looks beautiful. It’s so nicely presented. And oh the dating – it’s a jungle out there! I’m sure Mr Darcy is on his way for you Hannah! xx

  20. Catherine

    Mmmm chocolate dating. Sounds promising but… not? How weird though, my ex-husband now lives in Brussels and regularly brings me beautiful boxes of Pierre Marcolin chocolate made from cocoa from all over the world. What does this mean!!!

  21. Choc Chip Uru

    Boys come and go my friend but chocolate will always be there 😀
    You are so right, as long as we can enjoy it, life is totally golden!

    Choc Chip Uru

  22. Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake

    If I had this chocolate in my room, it would literally be gone in minutes! My boyfriend always says he doesn’t have a sweet tooth and doesn’t like desserts, but somehow he finishes ALL my chocolate. I must hide my chocolate better. 😉

    I’ve been with my boy for almost 8 years now, dating seems like such an unfamiliar and distant word to me…we’re basically like a married couple. 😛 But I do remember how much trouble it all was…

    The right person will come along soon enough, that perfect Mr. Right, it’s all fate! 🙂

  23. Marta @ What Should I Eat For Breakfast Today?

    I’m sorry to hear about a boy, but this chocolate is so delicious, that I’m sure it made you feel better 🙂

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  25. Alayna @ Thyme Bombe

    Hrm, this guy was pretty good at picking out chocolates for you. Is this how you’ll determine “the one?” He who has so accurately examined your soul as to pick out the perfect chocolate for you? It’s as good a test as any, where love is concerned.

  26. hungryandfrozen

    Were this me, the date’s ability to pick out good chocolate means that even if they’re not a longterm kinda thing, I wouldn’t go out of my way to avoid them in the street. And they call me Laura, Street Avoider.

    Intrigued by the mellowness of the high cacao chocolate – not that I mind bitterness, but it’s nice to know there can be more of a contrast out there and it’s not your only option for dark chocolate.

  27. Daisy@Nevertoosweet

    I like your attitude Hannah 🙂 I truly believe you don’t need to be in a relationship to be happy ~ ooo I didn’t know Koko Black used St Ali coffee beans for its chocolate gotta go get some and try for myself 😀