Irish Chocolate Shops
Amazing Irish Chocolate Shops to Check Out
Wilde Irish Chocolates
Tuamgraney | Clare - Chocolate is probably the one food that’s practically irresistible. Even the exotic names of the Wilde products are a temptation – Hazelnut Duet, Mocha Mocha, Truffle Temptation. Wilde is the only Irish maker of Organic Fairtrade chocolate, certified by the Organic Trust. There’s also a range of conventional and sugar free hand-decorated products. All the chocolates are handmade by the ‘Wilde Team’ in a small artisan outlet in Tuamgraney.
Skelligs and Cocoa Bean Chocolate Company
Ballinskelligs | Kerry - The Skelligs Chocolate Company and Cocoa Bean Chocolate Company have their production factory and shop on the tip of the Ring of Kerry Peninsula, right by St Finian’s Bay. Skelligs chocolates were created for the luxury market. These truffles use best chocolate from France and Switzerland, married with superb quality ingredients in the flavored centers. Regulars on the choccie tasting menu include Vanilla Ganache, Strawberry and Champagne and Cognac and Cappucino.
Chez Emily Fine Handmade Chocolates
Ashbourne | Meath - Magical would seem to be the appropriate word for the Chez Emily Chocolate Boutique on Ashbourne’s Main Street. The shop front design with its two large windows offer a tantalizing glimpse of the treasures inside, and oh what treasures! With a selection of over 30 different types, the counter is chock-a-block with the most delicious-looking individual chocolates – rum and raisin, cognac, vanilla, crème caramel are just some of the tempting names. Flake truffle supreme, amandine, (truffle coated in roasted almond flakes), cocoa delights, chocolate Florentines, candied orange segments, cherry liqueurs – even the names conjure up images of delights to come.
Marlene's Chocolate Haven
Westport | Mayo - Tucked away in a lovely little courtyard off James Street in Westport is the delightful shop that is Marlene’s Chocolate Haven. Not only a haven but also an absolute heaven for chocolate lovers. How can you choose between 30 varieties of chocolates and truffles? Especially when they have enticing names such as Love Potion or Rose Cream?
Clonakilty | Cork - Her range has expanded to include traditional vanilla, walnut, and chocolate flavors and now she supplies around thirty shops, as well as doing the weekly market in Bantry, and also Schull, during summer months. Find her produce in some of the best foodie establishments too, like fellow Good Food Ireland members; Susan Fehily’s River Café Shop, Ruth Healy’s Urru Culinary Store, and Hosford's Garden Centre, Ballymalloe Garden Café and The English Market in Cork, Caviston's Food Emporium and Fallon & Byrne in Dublin and Kate's Kitchen in Sligo. As with all good things, the basic ingredients are well sourced. The essential component of fudge is good butter, which comes from Bandon Co-Op in West Cork. Real vanilla extract and good chocolate from Callebaut flavor the different varieties. After that it’s down to devotion and expertise as she hand makes every batch in the traditional way - no big machinery here - just care, and skill, and the inherent intuition to know when it’s right. Mella’s ethos of making the best quality, best tasting fudge that she possibly can, using local ingredients where possible, is what carries her through and ensures the demand for this superlative sweet delicacy.