The Chocolate Shop

Passionate about Chocolate

  • Christmas Chocolate brownies.

    This simply beautiful dark chocolate creation is full of the best quality smooth Valrhona dark chocolate, perfectly complimented with aromas of mulled wine and spices such as cinnamon and sugar to create the most deliciously rich festive chocolate treat imaginable... truly divine! Let the festive spices fill your home with the aromas of Christmas as these irresistible chocolate brownies melt in your mouth... the perfect treat for you and your loved ones this Christmas, and ready in only 30 minutes!! Prep time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 15 minutes Serves: 9-12 depending on thickness. Ingredients: 100g of dark chocolate We used Valrhona 70% Guanaja dark chocolate for baking, and we could not recommend this more! The intense aromas of this luxury chocolate give the brownies their extraordinary flavour. Buy online at our website: Buy Now Alternatively, for an extra-festive option, try using willies Cacao 70% Luscious orange – a beautiful 70% dark chocolate infused with delicious orange ... Read More


  • The best dark chocolate bar.

    One of the most frequent questions we are asked is -  ‘what’s the best dark chocolate bar?’ Our answer? – it’s almost impossible to choose! Considering our range of the best luxury chocolate bars, chosen from multiple origins and manufacturers around the globe - really & truly, it can be so hard to pick just one! But, we have put together a few of our personal dark chocolate favourites that everyone looking for the best dark chocolate must try! Pralus Chuao, 70% Cacao, 50g. This chocolate is made using the rare white criollo beans from Chuao, Venezuela, a region known for generations for the purity and quality of the Cacao grown there. There’s some great chocolate made with beans from this region, but this is one of our enduring favourites. The taste is exceptionally smooth, long on the palate with a fine balance of bitter and acidity with earthy tones. BUY NOW Michel Cluizel Sao Tome Villa Gracinda, 67% cacao, 70g. The tropical fruity notes mixed with hints of liquori ... Read More


  • Chocolate dipped candied orange peel – A recipe for the ultimate Christmas treat!

    Looking to indulge in some delicious luxury chocolate this Christmas? Why not follow this simple recipe from Willie’s Cacao to create a truly stunning combination of luxury dark chocolate with the sweet yet tangy taste of candied orange, the perfect festive snack! Serve after dinner as a festive chocolate dessert, or package a dozen or so in a plastic bag with a ribbon to make a charming Christmas gift. Ingredients: For the delicious candied orange: 3 large oranges 1 vanilla pod 2 cloves 75g granulated sugar, or try using xylitol for a healthier sugar-free option! For the dark chocolate coating: We recommend using Valrhona Guanaja 70% Cacao dark chocolate cooking drops. These Delicious luxury dark chocolate drops are sold in 200g bags and create a delightfully rich dark chocolate coating. Buy these cooking drops online on our website: VISIT For a more bitter peel, try using Willie’s Cacao 100% Madagascan Black Sambirano Superior. This 180g solid cylinder of 100% Madagascan Cacao is ... Read More


  • Belgian Chocolate

    The phrase “Belgian chocolate” is synonymous with the best chocolate for many people.  It’s one of those associations that seep into your psyche without you even knowing why.   Maybe when you see “Belgian Chocolate” on packaging you’re assured of the quality inside.  But really, what does that mean?  Cocoa doesn’t grow in Belgium just like it doesn’t grow here in Ireland.  Maybe it means that the style of the praline is one that you know from a particular Belgian chocolate maker? Or maybe it means that the company who makes the chocolate is Belgian?  It’s not really defined.  Chances are though that most of the actual chocolate ingredient used in the making comes from a Belgian company, for example Callebaut - you’ll see it used by most TV chefs and  chocolate makers alike - chances are you’ve eaten this chocolate from a number of different chocolate makers who all use this same base chocolate. These tiny little cooking drops (or callets as they are calle ... Read More


  • Vegan chocolate

    To our plant-based friends – did you know that we have a fantastic range of delicious vegan chocolates in store? From intense, luxury dark chocolate bars to our exciting variety of Belgian handmade chocolates, we have everything you need to satisfy your sweet tooth! We have selected a few favourites from our range of dairy-free products that every vegan must try…   Wilkie’s Amazonas organic chocolate bar, 75% cocoa, 75g. This intense, organic dark chocolate is made directly from bean to bar in Co. Cork using only the finest criollo beans sourced from the Amazonas region of Northern Peru. This rich, aromatic chocolate is the perfect combination of fruity red berry notes with a roasted aftertaste that lingers in the mouth.  Not only does this bar have a delicious rich taste, it’s the perfect choice for vegans as it is dairy, soy & gluten free! This luxury chocolate bar retails at only €3.95 – locally produced vegan chocolate at a very affordable price! Shop Vegan ... Read More


  • Chocs away for the flight into ecommerce

    LAST month Niall and Rosemary Daly launched Chocolate.ie, the online version of their shop in Cork’s English Market that opened in 2000. The site marks the end of a digital journey that hasn’t always been sweet. Their first website was a simple “brochure” site that couldn’t take sales. In 2010 they upgraded, working with a web developer who could manage an ecommerce site. Read More on the Sunday Times ... Read More


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