World Chocolate Day was celebrated on 7 July but, honestly, we’re happy to celebrate every day as a way of saying thanks to Ireland’s incredible chocolate makers
If you’re a chocolate lover like us, there’s no such thing as too much chocolate. While we all have our favourites when it comes to chocolate, there are some great Irish brands making delicious sweet treats that you may not have tried before. Lots of the smaller artisan makers can be found in independent stores and Irish produce-supporting shops and supermarkets around the country, so keep an eye out in the lead up to any birthday, anniversary or special occasion you have coming up!
Listed as one of the world’s smallest artisan chocolate factories, Hazel Mountain Chocolate produces rich luxury chocolates. From bean to bar chocolate bars, coffees and truffles. If you’re feeling tempted, you can visit the Hazel Mountain Chocolate cafe in Galway, nestled in the breathtaking Burren. A perfect chocolate day out in Ireland’s scenic west.
Located in the heart of Wexford, the deluxe chocolate brand makes handcrafted treats using unique ingredients that reflect the Irish seasons. Inspired by the countryside flavours, the chocolate experts at Bean & Goose produced a wide selection of flavours. You can choose between spiced hazelnut, roasted almond, sea salt and much more. And if their chocolate wasn’t enough, you should see their gorgeous packaging inspired by the landscape of Wexford.
The award-winning Chocolate Garden is loved by families around the country. The family-run business based in Wicklow caters for every chocolate lover out there producing vegan-friendly and gluten-free treats. You can purchase personalised bars all year around no matter what the occasion might be. Chocolate novelties, spreads, sweets, lollies, waffles and hot chocolate swirl sticks are also on offer – yum!
The rich flavoured chocolates are ideal for someone that adores luxurious chocolates. With a range of over 80 flavours to choose from, Wilde wants you to experience the true meaning of chocolate indulgence. Flavours include white, medium and dark chocolate mixed with chilli and lime, cranberry swirl, mint intense, dairy-free and much more. Based in Clare, the chocolate shops are located around the country in Doolin, Limerick and Killaloe farmers market.
One of our Ireland’s most popular chocolate brands, Lily O’Brien’s never fail to disappoint. The luxury chocolate brand from Kildare always have a tasty assortment of flavors on offer. Gift your mam with a personalised keepsake photo box with 60 chocolates inside for €35 or if you have a sweet-tooth, the chocolates desserts collection is selling in stores at €10! You’ll find Lily O’Brien’s in lots of supermarkets or online here.