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Postcard from... Brussels

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Scientists have managed to halve the fat content of chocolate by replacing cocoa butter and milk fats with fruit juice.

This little piggy: a jamoneria in Madrid like the one Ian Irvine visited

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After a taste of Spanish ham in Madrid sent him into raptures, Ian Irvine was determined to learn more about this heavenly jamon – including how to carve his own.

Thorntons thrives on celebration days as Easter bunny delivers the goods

The Easter bunny delivered the goods for retailer Thorntons, which has upgraded its profit forecasts after robust recent trading.

Thorntons' sales start to crack with online 'glitch' over vital Easter period

Thorntons faces online sales melting over its crucial Easter trading period after it admitted to a "glitch" with its delivery system.

Cadbury's Marvellous Creations: far from marvellous

Oi, Cadbury, leave our sweets alone: these Dairy Milk Marvellous Creations are anything but

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Boris looks human among Westminster waxworks

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Ewe greedy beasts! Lambs sheltering from icy cold weather feast on a quarter of a million chocolate Easter eggs

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Anthony Rose: Keep it sweet

PX is a unique Spanish sweet wine that I discovered a while ago, so sweet in fact that it resulted in me having to make a trip to the dentist. PX, or Pedro, short for Pedro Ximénez, is one of the darkest, richest, stickiest wines in the world and by rights shouldn't exist as a wine at all. Oozing with viscous sucrosity, it's the perfect blending sweetener, in small doses, for cream sherry and sweet oloroso. Did someone dunk a finger in a cask of Pedro one day and think "I could get a pat on the back from the mouthwash industry for bottling this on its own"?

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