While Easter is a time for (amongst other things) eating copious amounts of chocolate, munching on a scrumptious bar of cocoa-based sweetness is something that we know can be enjoyed all year round.
Contrary to popular belief, there are lots of chocolate makers in Wales.
We’ve rounded up 10 of the best so that you can chomp on choccy patriotically and with no worry over air miles.
This is chocolate stripped back to its purest form: no additives or preservatives, no dairy, no gluten, no soy and no refined sweeteners. Using two basic ingredients – ethically sourced raw cacao and unrefined raw Coconut Blossom Nectar – founder Jacques and his team make and package everything by hand to ensure the product is as wholesome, beautiful and tasty as nature intended.
Coco Caravan Ltd, Llandaff North – www.cococaravan.co.uk
Founded by ecologist Katie Partington, Salt’s Chocolate started with an interest in sustainable food then grew into a full blown Kickstarter project. Having reached her funding requirements, this small batch chocolate maker uses criollo cacao beans from Peru to make hand-crafted chocolate bars at their base in Cardiff.
Black Mountain Gold Chocolate
Run by Jules James, a professionally trained Master Chocolatier who has toured the world with his kitchen skills, Black Mountain Gold Chocolate is an artisan luxury chocolate company. With his partner, Jules prepares everything in his shop and lets passers-by pop in to watch the magic of chocolate craft. They run chocolate making and tasting workshops here too – any excuse to get stuck in.
32 High Street, Crickhowell, Powys NP8 1BE – blackmountaingold.org
As the name suggests, this chocolate producer likes to shake things up. Their products are sweet and yummy, but they have the fun of some unusual additions. Unexpected textures, bold flavours and eye-catching designs set these choccies apart. Visit to tour the factory, dine in the chocolate deli, or order online.
Unit 13, Withybush Trading Estate, Withybush Road, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire SA62 4BS – wickedlywelsh.co.uk
Three ingredients (cacao beans or liquor, coconut palm sugar and cacao butter) is all Forever Cacao needs to make its rich, dark chocolate. The artisan bars are made in small batches. While this increases the cost per bar, you can’t put a price on the satisfying snap of the bar or the intense flavour. It’s dairy, gluten and soya free. Delivery is free too!
In a Victorian farmhouse in the North Wales mountains, Cathryn Cariad hand-crafts chocolate bars as well as lollies, salted fudge and caramel. She uses couverture chocolate from Belgium to create bars with a natural glossiness, which has won her devoted customers at markets and food awards.
Ffestiniog, Snowdonia – www.cathryncariad.com
A family run business, ChocoDragon follows the principle that chocolate must taste, smell and look wonderful to be a real stand-out treat. Unlike some cheaper mass market brands, they use premium ingredients to create luxurious edible delights with quirky twists.
11 Brynallt Tce, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire SA15 1NB – www.chocodragon.co.uk
A former chef and a businesswoman combined their passion for good foods and creating original recipes to set up this food business. Keen cooks, gardeners and beekeepers, they use their own produce and other exotic ingredients to create sumptuous handmade truffles and chocolatey treats.
Chocolate Fusion, Glanarthen, Llandysul, Ceredigion SA44 6PJ – www.chocolate-fusion.com
Inspired by a trip to the chocolate capital of Bruges, the young couple behind The Chocolate House set upon making their own chocolate produce by hand to sell to local markets. What was a kitchen business now sits in a purpose built chocolaterie. It supplies wholesale and individual customers with elegant truffles, bars and novelty chocolate items.
The Chocolate House, Unit 35, Main Avenue, Trefforest Industrial Estate, Pontypridd CF37 5UR – www.chocolate-house.co.uk
Now in its tenth year, Heavenly produces its own range of bars and personalised treats, as well as stocking the best chocolates from around the world. Next to their own quality produce, they stock Booja Booja, Montezuma and Rococo goods, plus many smaller but by no means less special brands.
Heavenly, London House, Rhosmaen Street, Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire SA19 6EN www.heavenlychoc.co.uk
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