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Happy World Chocolate Day! Here’s where you can get your chocolate fix…

We’ve tried and tested the most luxurious chocolate from some of the best local chocolatiers and here’s what we think…

Written by High Life North
Published 07.07.2021

Happy World Chocolate Day!

A day where we celebrate all things chocolate (although that’s basically every day for us!). Chocolate is our lifelong friend who’s been there for us through the good times and the bad, the comfort food that holds our hands through all the feels.

Whether white, milk or dark, Swiss, Belgium or fruit and nut, we love them all. But we’re so used to our big brands, like Cadburys and Galaxy, that we sometimes forget to branch out and try the homemade chocolatey goodness that’s being made with love and care every day right here on our doorsteps.

Now in the famous words of Forrest Gump, ‘Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get’. But here at HLN – just for you, our amazing readers – we’ve tried and tested some of the unique and uber-indulgent products from the amazing independent chocolatiers right here in the North East to make sure you know exactly what you can expect. After all, it would be rude not to, wouldn’t it? We weren’t disappointed…


The Good Tempered Chocolate Company

Their name says it all. We’ll all be feeling good tempered after just one bite of any of these feel-good flavours. These passionate chocolatiers temper fine Belgian couverture in small batches, for the perfect taste and texture.

And we can confirm that the fresh ingredients they’ve used to create their amazing combinations will definitely make your mouth water. Indulge in the goodness of White & Coffee Slab, get your taste buds tingling with Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter & Chocolate Raspberry Slab, or try something new with the Dark Chocolate, Cranberry, Ginger & Raisin Slab. Good Tempered Chocolate Co.’s chunky slabs are just asking to be broken apart and shared with people you love. Or (and here’s an even better idea), eaten piece by piece just by you.

The Good Tempered Chocolate Company , Unit 18, Flexspace, Orion Way, North Shields, NE29 7SN



Studio 28 Patisserie

All we can say is that these chocolates almost look too good to eat. Almost. Artisan chocolatier and patisserie chef Naomi Longfield is on a journey to create edible art – and the creations coming out of her kitchen are masterpieces. Enjoy your chocolate fix here in a range of different ways. Order yourself an Afternoon Tea to taste the beautifully hand-crafted selection of sweet treats, scones and sandwiches, or try a selection of Studio 28’s signature bonbons, that are each beautifully hand-painted and filled with ganache or liquid caramel. Wowee!

Oh, and let’s not forget their bar selection with a range of milk, white and dark chocolate bars infused with flavours and textures available that are guaranteed to please every palette. Then there’s their special range of treats, from lollies to boxes of our favourites choccies. It’s just so hard to decide what to get!

Studio 28 Patisserie, Unit 2, Cobblestone Court, Hoults Yard, Newcastle NE6 2HL



Twenty Nine Degrees Chocolatiers

Having started life with the family tradition of sending Christmas chocolates to their loved ones, now the team at Twenty Nine Degrees are sharing their unique treats with us – and we’re so thankful that they are! All their Belgian chocolates are tempered to 29 degrees Celsius, (hence the name) using fresh ingredients and sustainable techniques to create their unique taste. Twenty Nine Degrees have two collections, Aromatic and Club, which, together, spans their 13 signature flavours. For anyone who enjoys a tipple after dinner, the Club Collection is for you. Full of dark, rich flavours, it’s here you’ll find all of their alcoholic bonbons. Alcohol and chocolate mixed into one – we can’t ask for anything more!

And if you prefer your chocolate a little more PG, then the Aromatic Collection is for you. With lighter, fruiter flavours, these alcohol-free treats hit the spot every time. Twenty Nine Degrees also cater for a variety of dietary requirements, with a selection of vegan-friendly creations.

Discover Twenty Nine Degrees here




North Chocolates

 Spread the northern love! From their unusual Icon & Innovation range bars (which celebrate our North East heritage), to their classic Dark Chocolate Bars, North Chocolates will have the gourmet chocolate bar for you. But what we love the most is that these seasonal, small-batch, award-winning chocolate bars are healthier than your ordinary chocolate fix. Using the finest couverture, the chocolatiers here fill their bars with less of the bad stuff (sugar and no-vegetable fats) and add in more of the good stuff (ethically-sourced cocoa and cocoa butter)

North Chocolates’ dreamy milk, sophisticated dark and velveteen white and ruby bars are just waiting for you. So whether it’s a well-deserved pick-me-up for yourself, or a gift for your special someone, you’re sorted here. After all, chocolate is the way to anyone’s heart.

Disover North Chocolates here 



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