Delicious Chocolate Creations from Co. Carlow
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The Chocolate Garden of Ireland is a chocoholic’s paradise! This artisan business located on the Carlow/Wicklow border makes handmade chocolates, a wide range of confectionery and premium ice cream; all of these can be enjoyed in their lovely coffee shop – ice cream parlour at their premises. They also supply quality food outlets around the country. The shop provides the perfect show case for the wide range of chocolate creations. The Chocolate Garden of Ireland brand was launched in 2005. Husband and wife team Jim and Mary Healy started in business in 2001, initally making traditional Dutch-style 'stroop waffles' under the brand 'Wicklow Fine Foods' which is still in use. They soon diversified into other products, making premium chocolate spread, hand made chocolates and bars. With the success of their chocolate range, a dedicated chocolate brand was launched and the rest, as they say, is history.
Nowadays the company sells really beautifully made chocolates with a feast of fillings and in the most delightful shapes. Their fresh cream range comes in Jim’s favourite Banoffee, an almond shape coated in pure white chocolate, dark cherry Crème, smooth and sensuous dome of dark chocolate, dark Amaretto, dark and sultry and shaped like a basket of grapes along with lots of others. Or find the perfectly square Chocolate Caramel, gorgeous Irish whiskey truffles flavoured with Kilbeggan whiskey from Westmeath, Champagne truffles and Mint Crèmes. There are way too many fillings and shapes to mention here – the best way to learn about them all is to get a box and eat them! Or better still, visit the shop and enjoy them first hand at their delightful new chocolate and coffee shop, just like we did.
The company's premium ice cream range is sold under the brand 'Tipperary Ice Cream'; the ice cream is made with organic milk from a local dairy and Jim and Mary make some really unusual flavours for which they've got awards - Irish Whiskey, Irish Cream and Brown Bread, along with the usual favourites of honeycomb, bubblegum, cookies and cream. For a lighter yet intense taste, they also make refreshing sorbets.
Visitor Workshops at set times or by group booking - see their website for more details. Workshops held most days during the summer holidays and less often during off-season. Workshops must be pre booked in advance.
SEASONAL CLOSURES: Closed for January