We are in many ways a global society, and the exciting range of tastes and textures available to us is enough to get any chocolatier hot under the collar. However, just as the UK has some of the world’s best literature, it is universally acknowledged that we know how to make a sweet treat or two! So, today, I want to set aside the chocolaty pleasures of Belgium and Italy and remind you that what you’re looking for is sometimes just under your nose.
Here are three of the best chocolate producers in the UK. These brands offer everything from flavours reminiscent of your childhood to innovative new tastes. Customers will be charmed by these home-grown delicacies.
Daring Flavours with Daniel’s Delights
If you think that chocolate supplies that are sourced in the UK cannot compete with the thrilling blends of flavours that are found elsewhere, think again! Daniel’s Delights combines a traditional family business with innovative British creativity. The family manufacture beautifully smooth bars, using exclusively Columbian cocoa beans and garnishing them with a vast variety of toppings.
A personal favourite is the Chilli and Lime Dark Bar, which really packs a punch, though toppings such as banoffee caramel and marshmallow are sure to satisfy the most serious of sugar cravings. Best of all, Daniel’s Delights are not shy with their toppings, creating products with bold tastes which, thanks to handy see-through packaging, look great as well.
The Best of British: Montezuma’s
This family-run brand has been awarded multiple Great Taste and Organic Food awards for its yummy luxuries. The bright, eye-catching Union flag packaging on their Great British Pudding Bars shows the playful nature of Montezuma’s flavours. The range includes family favourites, like Apple Crumble and Eton Mess, which are perfect chocolate supplies for a picnic or Proms party. Customers will be intrigued by the more unusual flavours, such as by the floral notes in the Organic Orange and Geranium Dark Bar. This product is not only organic, but also vegan, making it a fantastic addition to any store.
What’s more, Montezuma’s ethic record is very impressive. They use environmentally friendly packaging and have a fair-trade policy, guaranteeing ethical farming of ingredients and fair working conditions along their supply chain.
No, I’m not talking about boozy treats (at least not this time!). I’m talking about the wonderfully retro products that are carefully crafted by The Grown-Up Chocolate Company. Harking back to the blissful days of youth that were spent with chocolate-covered faces and sticky hands, The Grown-Up Chocolate Company allows you to relive your childhood favourites, but reinvents them as luxury treats. The power of nostalgia should not be underestimated, and neither should the allure of classic flavours like praline, fruit and nut, coconut and toffee.
Get your Easter chocolate supplies in early with The Grown-Up Chocolate Company’s sumptuous Easter eggs.
I hope I’ve tempted you to explore some of the fantastic chocolate produced on this fair isle. If you want to learn more, or stock your retail space with some of these delicious chocolate supplies, get in touch with our sales team!
Angelina Moufftard works for hf Chocolates, established providers of wholesale chocolate supplies with decades of experience supplying sweets and high-end chocolates to retailers across the UK. Working with the most dedicated suppliers from France, Spain, Germany, Holland, Belgium, the USA and the UK, hf Chocolates' great tasting and beautifully packaged products add panache to any sweet display.