Not all chocolates are born equal. As with all fine food it begins with the raw material, in our case – the cocoa. We import the finest Belgian chocolate; this may cost more but it is worth it as it makes a superior chocolate. The kind of chocolate that connects beautifully with your senses, where you savour every bite.
We have an idea, that’s how it starts. The spark may be a delicious meal or cocktail, sometimes that is all it needs. Our master chocolatier will then start experimenting with flavour combinations until they feel the chocolate is perfectly balanced. Next, it is put before our tasting panel, where it must score at least 9 out of 10 from all five panel members for it to go into production. The panel independently score the chocolate on flavour, texture, and appearance amongst other things. So as you can see, a Friars chocolate is no ordinary chocolate.
We are proud of the fact that we still make a proportion of our chocolates by hand. You can’t beat the taste of handmade chocolate, perhaps it is to do with the appreciation of the craftsmanship that seems to add to the pleasure. Our chocolates are made from scratch, by hand, which includes making the chocolate shell. This has to be the right thickness and have the perfect ‘snap’ for that first bite. The filling is whipped, blended or left to infuse, depending on the desired flavour and texture. Finally, each chocolate is dipped and finished by hand meaning each one has its own unique charm.
We are immensely proud of our history and heritage. Our rose & violet creams are the same ones that William Long sold on that first day of opening back in 1927. Quality and innovation are at the heart of our chocolate making; we were the first to make a prosecco truffle. We then followed that up with our fabulous handmade gin truffle. More recently we decided to move away from the traditional Easter egg and launched our famous hot cross bun truffles.
From the raw ingredients to the delicious final chocolates, we take pride in and enjoy the whole chocolate making process. We assure you that once you try one of our chocolates, you will understand. After all, life’s too short, so why settle for ordinary chocolate?!