Irish Chocolate Artisans to Put on Your Must Taste List
Who can resist chocolate but when you add in a whole chunk of deliciousness, innovation and quality- well the tasting turns out to even more delightful! From the top of the island of Ireland to the south here are five small chocolate produces to put on your list:
NEARY NOGS CHOCOLATE, co. Armagh
There is so much deliciousness in their chocolate and fudge varieties it’s hard to know what option to select. Their award winning fudge - Orange, Basil, Poppyseed and Chocolate Fudge - would be at the top of the temptation list.
THE CHOCOLATE GARDEN, co. Carlow
A little haven of chocolate to discover! There is a whole host of chocolates to try with one of the more popular - Fire and Ice chocolate which pairs the coolness of mint to the bite of chili. The piece de resistance however is the Ruby Chocolate which carries a hint of berry and are in a pretty hue of pink. (As shown in the image of this article).
KOKO KINSALE, co. Cork
Set on the southern coast of Ireland in county cork, Koko Kinsale has a delightful color combination in their branding: orange and turquoise that catches your eye as you walk into town. Equally eye catching their presentation and unique flavorings such as their chocolate box. Or if you time it right to try their chocolate covered seaweed bringing together the sweet and the savory.
MOONRIVER CHOCOLATE, co. Limerick
From chocolate spreads, to truffles, drinking chocolate, lots to choose from this Limerick based chocolatier. The raspberry truffle bar though - described on the website as “smooth luxurious raspberry ganache in a milk chocolate shell” - how could you resist?
WILDE IRISH CHOCOLATES, co. Clare
With their production base in Clare - that also offers tours - Wilde Irish Chocolates also run a small shop in the Limerick Milk Market each Saturday. The chocolate marshmallows are definite showstoppers, so put this on your must taste list.
All the above chocolates come with a warning: they’re so good you won’t be wanting to share them. So it highly advisable to buy enough so that each of you and your guests enjoy their own tastings!
Please note: not all chocolate producers are set up to ship outside of Ireland readily so best to verify with a chosen chocolatier should this hold interest and determine costing to do so. Or enjoy locally.
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