6 OF THE BEST FES­TIVE CHOCO­LATES

Lancashire Life - - Food & Drink - WORDS: Emma Mayoh

Fan­tas­tic flavours and mar­vel­lous morsels from

the county’s best mas­ter choco­latiers

Choc Amor, Mawdes­ley

Paul and Jac­qui Wil­liams’ treats have won awards that place their chocs as some of the best in the world. Their care­fully cre­ated prod­ucts, made in their shop at Cedar Farm in Mawdes­ley, are en­joyed by peo­ple across the globe – most re­cently they have started ex­port­ing to Ja­pan. They have launched Christ­mas Pud­ding choco­lates, fu­elled by their love of the fes­tive dessert. It’s a glo­ri­ous blend of their sin­gle ori­gin Columbian cho­co­late with plump, juicy fruit, brandy notes with port and spices. If pud isn’t for you there is also Merry Cherry, a dark cho­co­late with black cherry and a boozy hint of kirsch and spice.

chocamor.co.uk

Riv­ing­ton Choco­lates, Hor­wich

What do you get if you cross a build­ing sur­veyor and a nurse? Some of the best choco­lates in Lan­cashire. Chris­tine and

Chris Thomas­son use the finest sus­tain­able in­gre­di­ents – in­clud­ing a good show of other lo­cal pro­duce – to cre­ate their lux­ury treats. Choose from dark cho­co­late lemon curd truf­fles, hon­ey­comb dipped in milk or dark cho­co­late and other tempt­ing flavours. They sell on­line as well as at var­i­ous farm­ers’ mar­kets and large food events and have been awarded ac­co­lades, in­clud­ing a Great Taste Award.

riv­ing­ton­choco­lates.co.uk

Bow­land Cho­co­late Com­pany at Vanilla An­gel, Slaid­burn

When An­gela An­der­ton’s hus­band, David, bought her a day-long cho­co­late-mak­ing course at the pres­ti­gious and award-win­ning Slat­tery in Manch­ester, he didn’t know it would spark a new busi­ness. An­gela, a former civil ser­vant, now cre­ates ex­quis­ite choco­lates in Slaid­burn and sells at the Vanilla An­gel shop.

Flavours in­clude chai tea mixes, Mal­ibu rum with co­conut, cham­pagne truf­fles, and cherry Bour­bon. There are also deca­dent con­coc­tions like amaretto with marzi­pan hail­ing from Lubeck, Ger­many, and cof­fee from Ecuador or Colom­bia.

bow­land­choco­late.co.uk

Gras­mere Cho­co­late Cot­tage

It’s not just gin­ger­bread that has a world­wide fol­low­ing. Richard and An­gela Barker, who run this won­der­ful busi­ness, have at­tracted cus­tomers from all over the world, ea­ger to try their hand­made choco­lates.

Af­ter many years teach­ing, they took a new direc­tion and now use the finest Bel­gian cho­co­late. They make ev­ery­thing by hand on the premises and the pair use lo­cal land­marks as the in­spi­ra­tion for names of some of their choco­lates. choco­late­cot­tage.co.uk

Beech’s Fine Choco­lates, Pre­ston

This pop­u­lar fam­ily-run com­pany have been pro­duc­ing tra­di­tional Bri­tish choco­lates from a fac­tory in Pre­ston since 1920. They know their Columbians from their Bel­gians and sell ev­ery­thing from the most de­li­cious gourmet packs of ca­cao truf­fles and milk cho­co­late cov­ered hon­ey­comb to a Christ­mas se­lec­tion of con­ti­nen­tal choco­lates.

beechs­fine­choco­lates.com

Wallings Farm, Garstang

Truf­fles, pra­lines and moulded choco­lates fill the dis­plays at this work­ing farm. Made with Bel­gian cho­co­late as well as lo­cal cream, fruit ex­tracts and fine liqueurs, there is some­thing for ev­ery palate – the Christ­mas pud­ding truf­fle is a par­tic­u­lar hit. There is also a new ve­gan range of truf­fles.

Try cof­fee and cake at the café on this work­ing farm or get a peek of al­pacas and rare breed an­i­mals.

wallings.co.uk

ABOVE: Choc Amor’s Chirst­mas treats

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