Chocolatier Paul A Young has expanded its range with a vegan dark chocolate brownie.

Made using 72% dark chocolate from Guittard, the new product is “just as intense and indulgent as Paul’s classic brownies”, said the company.

Although Paul A Young stores already carry more than 50 products that are incidentally suitable for vegans, this is the first time the business has intentionally developed a vegan line.

The brownies are available from Paul’s three London chocolateries and for delivery nationwide, priced at £4.50 each.

Founder Paul A Young studied hotel catering and management at New College, Durham, and Leeds Metropolitan University, before he worked through the ranks of a restaurant kitchen to become head pastry chef for Marco Pierre White at Quo Vadis and Criterion. After specialising in chocolate, he opened his first shop on Camden Passage in Islington in 2006.