This shop is a must for true chocolate lovers (at least those with reasonably deep wallets). I used to work around the corner, and the occasional visit here was a real treat - and I'm not normally that turned on by chocolate.
The emphasis is on very, very high quality hand-made chocolate products as a luxury, almost gastronomic, experience: this is not the place for chocolate bunnies or other such novelties. The chocolate products here have been made with very fine selected cocoa, described as you would wine, with distinctive flavours and 'notes' in terms of its aroma and taste. If you have never experienced chocolate like this before, it's something of a revelation (although potentially a dangerously expensive habit to acquire!).
The presentation is generally very restrained, adding to the feel of quality and exclusiveness - there are caskets, hampers and wooden boxes as well as more traditional presentation boxes. The one exception is a heart-shaped box for the ultimate statement of commitment!
All this quality comes at a price, so be prepared to dig deep. Prices start from around £5.95 for a basic 250g bar, up to £65 for the 1.2kg Luxury Casket. For £8.50 you can have a 350g box of drinking chocolate - and here that means flakes of pure dark chocolate, with 70% cocoa solids, not powder.
There are quite a lot of options around the £20 mark for smaller boxes, including chocolate stem ginger at £18, or £22.50 for a 280g box of Grand Cru Truffles, which come in Dark, Milk, Champagne, Raspberry, and Malt Whisky flavours (or a mixture of all five). They also do boxes especially designed to round off the perfect dinner party, from £12.95 to £43.50. The shelf life of some products is limited to around 3 weeks.
Needless to say, the products would make the perfect gift for the discerning chocolate lover, for a dinner party or as a special gesture to your loved ones.
Sometimes - and I won't specify precisely *what* times in hopes of keeping this review PG (or the Brit equavalent) - you NEED chocolate. It's not a desire, or a craving... it's not a whimsical wish or hope or fleeting feeling of frivolity, it's a must-have-now-or-immanent-death apocalyptic scenario.
Now it's rare for me to hit this point as I'm a 99.999999999999% vanilla girl. Mmmm, or cinnamon. Or caramel. Or anything but chocolate, really - to the point where I'll turn down the stuff more often than not. However today was one of those .000000000001% days; and a measly Twix or Cadbury Creme Egg just wasn't gonna cut it. I needed the goods. The honest to goodness hand made, truffley, succulent, orgasm in your mouth chocolate that can only come from a specialty shop.
You see, I'd been to Chocolate Society before to sample their luxurious hot chocolate, and when a non-chocolate girl can react the way I did upon first sip, you know this is the real deal. A place that holds ownership of the website "chocolate.co.uk" is bound to scratch my chocolate itch, right?
So I went back for more.
And there was a sign on the door: "Closed the month of February."
February. A chocolate shop that is closed the month February. I mean, that's like the Guinness Brewery shutting down the month of March. Or, or, or, British Airways going on strike in December, wait, that actually happened.
I'll be waiting, Chocolate Society. I'll be waiting. You don't even want to see my choco-rampage when your doors open again. ...please open again.
The Chocolate Society sells a pleasurable array of well produced Valrhona chocolate. It is all hand made fresh everyday and they do special orders and gifts.
They make delectable gifts for people and you can purchase boxes of assorted chocoates, a collection of drinking chocolate and truffles. Their luxury chocolate hamper looks very very good, stacked with truffles (which you can choose), fresh filled chocolates, liqueurs, biscuits and all sorts.
Wonderful little chocolate shop with a wonderous array of delights, I am a huge fan of their chocolate browlies with chunks of chocolate in them. The cookies with chocolate caviar were delectible and the chocolates themselves lush.
I'm a fan of the french style of chocolate with the thin chocolate shell and distinctive inside flavours so this is pure heaven for me.
Their truffles are lush and I often take them home with me to Canada to treat my family.
While not inexpensive, you are paying for the high quality of the chocolates you get.
Be aware that these high quality chocolates have a short shelf life so opt for a smaller box more frequently :)
This a quaint little chocolate shop in the heart of Belgravia with an innovative selection of chocolates. Amongst the best are the famous Grand Cru truffles and I also thoughly enjoyed the rich but refreshing taste of the Green Tea flavoured truffles.
As usual, I sat down to sample a cup of thier hot chocolate. I opted for thier Mayan style hot chocolate which is blended with spices like cinnamon to enhance the flavour. It was very tasty and the best I've had in London so far but it still doesn't beat my benchmark of the Chocolate Boutique in Auckland. Chocolates at The Chocolate Society are expensive but worth it if you want to sample out of the ordinary flavours.
This indulgent little shop on the lovely Elizabeth Street, that as clearly stated by their name specialize in chocolate. I'm such a chocolate fan that going into this place almost gave me a heart attack. Everything about the shop, from the service, the decoration, and of course the chocolates spells a true passion for the craft of making their confections. I highly recommend you try their truffles they are succulent, specially the ones that have dark chocolate and port. They are worth every penny and are great as presents.
The Chocolate Society is my local chocolatier (situated just 0.2 miles from my office). Just far enough to effectively skive off. Just close enough to return to my desk. To be honest, all chocolate tends to excite me with the exception of Cadbury's and synthetic tasting sweets. I'm not sure how many yummy-related superlatives I can use to describe this shop, so I won't bore you. Try the butter shortbread biscuits double enrobed in dark chocolate, packaged in custom made caddy tins. Also try their new Valrhona range offering the exotic Carre de Guanaja (70%) or Carre de Jivara (40%) all priced £6.95. Don't get me started on their creamy drinking chocolate. An expensive but necessary must.
I wasn't overly impressed with the Chocolate Society; the shop was very tiny and overcrowded with products. I felt quite overwhelming so I decided not to purchase any chocolate. The hot chocolate served here is divine and the staff are very helpful and pleasant too. Top tip from the staff: keep all dark and white chocolate in the dark as the light can bleach the chocolate, quite a helpful tip. The chocolates are made from Valrhona chocolate so you should expect high quality treats. I'm afraid my favourite chocolate still has to be Rococo by far, as makes many more chocolate bar flavours than the Chocolate Society, well we all have our favourites :-)
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