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darkchocolateI walked past Hotel Chocolat whilst out getting my voicemail fixed, and was very tempted to go in and buy some aids for my academic activity. However, I then noticed the prices and decided a somewhat more special occasion was required, so instead dropped by Sainsbury’s on my way back to the bus stop.

In there, I noticed alongside the well-known brands two particularly interesting bars: one was dark chocolate, and the other milk. Each bar was 100g, and cost just 27 pence. This was the basics range. I couldn’t resist trying them out at that price, as I wouldn’t feel too bad even if I hated them.

As it turns out, both are perfectly acceptable. In fact, the dark chocolate, without a side-by-side test, was indistinguishable to my untrained tastebuds to any other I’ve had. The milk chocolate wasn’t as good as my favourite, Cadbury’s Dairy Milk, lacking that distinctive flavour that I grew up with – hints of malt, cream and vanilla, but it was decent chocolate. Given that another chocolate, Milky Bar, was also 100g but cost £1, I know how I’m going to shop in the future (given how little of the stuff I eat).

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Paul studied computer science and theoretical physics for his degree from Trinity College, Cambridge and later did post-graduate studies in International Finance. He is a concert-grade classical pianist and likes to play Rachmaninov. He reads so long as the book is interesting, and never if it isn't (even if it's on his academic course) and does crosswords when he’s not socializing, and often even when he is. He maintains a keen interest in mentalism (think 'Derren Brown') to the point of researching enough for a book or two, and is currently starting a company that he hopes will be as stimulating a challenge in the coming years as he's found it so far. He also gives the company permission to make him insanely wealthy in the process.

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