Gotta Have It
It's National Chocolate Week so we're legally obliged to scoff this lot. Introducing our new favourite brand plus the best local chocolate makers. YUM.
Move over Kit Kat, we’ve got a new favourite chocolate bar. Are you familiar with Tony’s Chocolonely? It’s Holland’s best-selling brand, launched here earlier this year and is currently Muddy HQ’s afternoon slump snack of choice.
First things first, it tastes divine, with flavours including milk chocolate, caramel and sea salt; milk chocolate, pretzel and toffee; and dark chocolate, almond and sea salt. Don’t make us choose our favourite. Plus the bars are gorgeously chunky with vibrant packaging and typography straight outta Willy Wonka’s factory.
But, crucially, it’s ethical. Much of the world’s cocoa comes from West Africa, where slavery and child labour are rife. Tony’s keep a close eye on their supply chain, build long-term relationships with their farmers and pay a fair price for their beans. Which means you can nail that massive 180g bar in front of the telly and still feel virtuous. Or if you fancy prising yourself off the sofa for a trip to the smoke, head to Bluebird Chelsea this week for a limited edition Tony’s Chocolonely’s all-chocolate afternoon tea. Don’t forget the elasticated trousers for that jaunt.
Keen to up your cocoa consumption even further this National Chocolate Week? Here are 5 local chocolate makers for your delectation. Pop a bar under our office door, won’t you?
Goupie is a devilishly moreish confectionery product, hand-made from a genuine family recipe in Goudhurst, Kent. This choccie-making company was created by husband and wife team, Joe and Janet, who met over 30 years ago and the business is now run by mother-daughter duo, Janet and Grace. But the original recipe came from grandma Noble (Shirley), Janet’s mother. Nothing like keeping it in the family! Goupie currently has 13 vegan flavours and 7 gluten-free. The chocolate has a distinct chewy soft texture, with a little bit of bite – and we can testify they are delicious – our fave is the Mint! goupiechocolate.com
Kent Dark Chocolate Company, Folkestone
Folkestone based the Kent Dark Chocolate Company sells Organic and Fairtrade chocolate in 100g bars (even chocolate spread!) which features the county’s white horse. They also support three local charities which benefit from the sale of the bars; Headway East Kent, Last Chance Animal Rescue and Kent Search and Rescue. Guilt-free chocolate? We like! kentdarkchocolate.co.uk
Stas Chocolatier, Erith
The Stas family have been in the business of chocolate for over fifty years. From supplying independent shops and hotels, they now make traditional English chocolates for Harrods and their products are sold in John Lewis, Waitrose and Harvey Nichols. Now run by Peter and Philip Stas, they sell a wide range of products from Easter Eggs to Christmas Figures. Muddy tried, tested and approved – for research obviously. staschocolate.co.uk
Temper Temper, Southborough
Temper Temper is a small family owned chocolate business based in Southborough, Kent. If you’re looking to celebrate a birthday, anniversary or just want an excuse to get the fam together, how about a Chocolate Making Party? Spend 2 hours in their workshop making a delicious selection of goodies from florentines to moulded figures. They also host Workshops, ones perfect for the kids and even Corporate Workshops! Christmas office party with a difference? If you’d like to have a go at making your own chocolate goodies, this is the place for you. tempertemperchocolate.co.uk
Hendricks of Hythe
Hendricks of Hythe is a Kent-based Chocolaterie specialising in hand-rolled and moulded truffles and chocolates. In a cute little shop along Hythe’s High St, you can pop in for a hot drink and buy some of their gorgeous chocolates. We hear their hot chocolates are some of the best. They run Artisan workshops and even do a Chocolate and Wine evening – sign us up! handmadebyhenry.co.uk