The Good Tempered Chocolate Co
This just might be the best chocolate we’ve tasted. Founder Zoe hand-tempers all the chocolate by hand using fine Belgian couverture (chocolate made with extra cocoa butter to give a high-gloss), giving a smooth, silky texture and authentic flavour. Her valentine’s hampers, containing dulce de leche caramel-filled milk chocolate hearts and rose-decorated chocolate slabs, are enough to sweep anyone off their feet.
Davenport’s Chocolates are lovingly crafted by artisan chocolatier Jane Williams using the traditional Swiss method of enrobing, which results in a beautiful, velvety texture. Choose from a range of flavours including cinnamon toffee apple and strawberry champagne, which can even be delivered to your loved one’s door if you’re feeling extra romantic.
Gateshead NE10 0UW
0191 469 6579
The Chocolate Spa
Alnwick’s go-to for all things chocolate, The Chocolate Spa’s shelves are always teaming with sweet, sweet goodness from some of the finest chocolatiers in the world – think artisanal chocolate boxes, handmade soft Italian nougat and gin-filled truffles. If you fancy something a little more personal, their bespoke gift tags add a thoughtful touch.
1 Fenkle St, Alnwick NE66 1HW
The Chocolate Smiths
If you’re wanting to give your other half a surprise, then look no further. The Chocolate Smiths produce quirkily flavoured chocolates, such as smoky bacon and chocolate, and an equally curious combination of cheese and crackers.
Benton, Newcastle NE12 9SZ
Chocolate Fayre is a chocoholic’s paradise – packed full of intricately crafted chocolates with an abundance flavours to choose from. If you think you know your partner well enough, create a personalised chocolate box filled with their favourites (and a few of your own if you fancy).
31a Horsemarket, Barnard Castle DL12 8LX
If you thought healthy chocolate was a distant daydream, think again. Northumbria University graduate Wajeeha Husain has created low-calorie, additive-free chocolate using single origin cacao nibs from Madagascar and West Africa, meaning you can enjoy delicious chocolate without the guilt.
When a plain box of chocolates just won’t do, this Leeds-based online chocolatier is the place to go. Owner Helen uses her 15 years of experience to handcraft specialist chocolates with intricate design, including white chocolate popsicles with flakes of edible gold, sculptured Belgium chocolate roses in their own presentation box, and marbled handmade chocolate spheres – they look too good to eat (almost).
This family-run business has an exceptional range of divine chocolate treats – their ‘With Love’ collection offers hot chocolate gift sets, vegan chocolate hampers and signature milk chocolate selections (including bars flecked with salted caramel), each individually wrapped in beautiful packaging.
Unit 1 Yorvale Business Park, Hazel Court YO10 3DR
Fran and Peter Guppy began making chocolate in their garage in 2010 and, despite relocating to a shop on the outskirts of York, have stayed true to their humble beginnings, using the same simplistic recipe they did 10 years ago to create beautiful, authentic-tasting chocolate. We love their special Valentine’s Day truffle boxes, which showcase indulgent flavours like gin and lemon, baileys, vanilla and Marc de Champagne.
22 Alan Farnaby Way, Sheriff Hutton Industrial Park, Sheriff Hutton YO60 6PG
Kacao Chocolaterie in Richmond draws on Southern American methods to create hand-crafted chocolates with bags of flavour. The ribbon-wrapped truffle experience box is the epitome of luxury, packed with 18 gorgeous flavours including Seville dark orange, strawberry and elderflower and golden salted caramel.
Sedbury Hall Stables, Richmond DL10 5LQ
Coupling her love of chocolate with a passion for designer shoes and handbags, founder Azra Sadiq has created a distinctive collection of chocolates in the shape of shoes, purses and lipsticks. Each piece is made using the finest Belgian chocolate and hand-finished to stunning, realistic effect, with fantastic flavour to boot.
28 Forest Lane Head, Harrogate HG2 7TF