The road out from Kenmare to Glengarrif in West Cork is a scenic country drive, and the location of the premises of Benoit Lorge, Master Chocolatier. The original O'Connor's shop and post office, located on the side of the road at Bonane, Co Kerry, about 10km from Kenmare, is now owned and run by this French chocolate maker. He has kept the old post office signs and record books from over 80 years ago which are on display in the shop, but it's quirky interior now has a very different use.
Lorge Chocolatier sells chocolates made on site in a small kitchen behind the shop. Ben, originally from Lorraine in France, creates unique and individual chocolates. His creations are award winning and take inspiration from the beautiful Kerry countryside. Figurines, seasonal specialities and table decorations for special events are on sale. But it's the handmade individual chocolates and truffles, which attract the attention of many tourists and locals who come here to try their unusual and exotic flavours. And don't be worried about language barriers here, as they speak English, French and Spanish all to help you find your perfect selection.
Ben's medal winning Gold Palets are a mix of dark chocolate and edible gold whose names mean ''small stones. Truffles include Baileys, Whisky and Paprika and Rum Butter - you won't be able to choose. But luckily you can pick and mix so you won't have to. And best of all, you can actually see the chocolates been made while you shop. When he's not making chocolates for the shop or some of Ireland's finest eating establishments, Ben is running chocolate workshops for kids and adults. Browse the shelves here and be tempted!