FOR many, chocolate and beer are what life’s all about.

Now Whitefield master chocolatier John Slattery and Manchester Brewer Joseph Holt have combined the two in time for Easter.

For the past month, Mr Slattery has been working with Joseph Holt’s brewing team on several different recipes, before finally creating Dark Delight.

Described as having “a full-bodied sumptuous aroma and an extravagant flavour and taste”, the newly-launched chocolate stout is already proving to be a hit with customers.

Mr Slattery said: “We have thoroughly enjoyed the whole process. When Joseph Holt approached us for this collaboration, we felt it was a great opportunity to work with another established family business. We hope the beer is a huge success, it tastes great and we are extremely proud of the finished product.”

The collaboration came from a long-standing relationship between the two companies, as Joseph Holt uses Slattery’s training kitchen to train its pub chefs.

Mr Slattery and members of his family took part in the brewing process and were also there to add the final ingredient ensuring the stout had the Slattery chocolate seal of approval.