As a proud chocoholic, I am pleased that there are loads of great chocolate makers in the UK. But I am really chuffed that here in the North West we actually boast some corkers. So to celebrate Chocolate Week, I thought that I would share with you some of the North West’s best chocolate makers. Warning: this post will make you hungry!
Based right here in Wigan, I really admire owner Colette. She starting making chocolate while on maternity leave, realised that she enjoyed doing it and so decided to make a go of now. Now, as well as selling online and at events, she has a lovely shop in Haigh Woodland Park. Her chocolates are all delicious, but I particularly love the rose and violet creams at the moment and the chocolate sprouts at Christmas. Also if you go to the shop, try her hot chocolate- it is the real deal! Luisco Chocolate website.
Paul is all about flavour, and to that end each month he brings out a limited edition bar in an exclusive flavour. They always sell out super fast. He also organises chocolate tastings in his workshop at Cedar Farm in Lancashire which I really must book myself on to soon! If you have ever wondered what an orange jalfrezi chocolate would taste like, Choc Amor is where you will find out! Choc Amor website.
Over in Liverpool, you will often find Bala selling her chocolates and macarons at markets and festivals and I am sure I have seen them in Lunya and some other retailers as well. Again, known for great flavours (she likes a bit of spice in there!) they are also very good if you are looking for a chocolate-themed party or workshop. Chocolate Cellar website.
Head over to leafy Didsbury to discover this tiny gem. Counters groan with chocolate and cake they make, as well as from some other artisan chocolatiers. But bag one of the two tables and enjoy an afternoon tea. Chocolate features heavily in it, from the brownies to the petite patisserie. Oh and there is a massive menu just for hot chocolates….Perfection! Cocoa Cabana website.
Beech’s Fine Chocolate
This review comes from fellow choc lover Jane from hodgepodgedays. Preston based company Beech’s Fine Chocolates have been making quality, traditional British Chocolates since 1920, ranging from novelties for children, right up to their latest range of luxury handmade truffles. Their beautifully designed and eye-catching boxes of chocolates are always a treat. Look out for their new range of handmade truffles – the Anglesey Sea Salted Caramels are particularly good! You can pick up some good bargains if you buy from them directly, or they’re available in delis and other small retailers. Well worth seeking out for a chocolatey treat! Beech’s Fine Chocolate website.
Sam Joseph Chocolates
I discovered these guys in their home at Altrincham Market where they sell chocolates, brownies, ice cream and hot chocolate. On site I had a lovely Haiti hot chocolate which had a creamy, fruity flavour. I took a jar of Madagascan hot chocolate home, but wish I’d taken some of their bars as well. Must revisit soon! Sam Joseph website.
Another just up the road from me, I discovered them at Bolton food and drink festival a few years ago. I gave hubby their whiskey filled truffles which used his favourite Glengoyne and the quality was brilliant. Love that the likes of these and Luisco are so close to home! Rivington Chocolates website.
Other chocolate northern powerhouses:
- In Truffle We Trust
- Dormouse Chocolate
- Bonbon Chocolate Boutique
- Drop Dead Chocs – working with British and European chocolate makers for postbox treats
Are there any great chocolatiers up here who I don’t know about? Let me know your faves and I can check them out.