One of our greatest Irish commodities has always been fabulous chocolate. So it should come as no surprise that there is an extensive list of fantastic Irish chocolate businesses right on our doorstep. When it comes to stocking up for Easter, we have no excuse not to support Irish.
It is more important now than ever that we make it our duty to support local businesses. It is estimated that over €4 billion was spent by Irish consumers on International online stores last year. My mission with this ‘Support Irish’ series is to showcase the best that Irish retail has to offer while educating consumers and making it simple and easy for you to support local businesses.
I was inundated with great options to choose from while researching this post. So much so, that I doubled the list from 10 to 20! Here are my top picks:
Áine Hand Made Chocolate
Áine Hand Made Chocolate has won 21 Great Taste Awards including 8 gold medals. The company was founded by Ann Rudden in 1999 and has grown from strength to strength since inception. VISIT WEBSITE
Bragadeiros is a boutique store and coffee shop specialising in the production of brigadeiro and other popular Brazilian treats in Dublin. For full range – VISIT WEBSITE
Founded in 1932, Butlers is Ireland’s premier family-owned firm dedicated to the craft of exceptional chocolate-making. To view the full range – VISIT WEBSITE
Chez Emily was established by Ferdinand and Helena in 1996. Over the past 24 years the business has grown significantly and today offers a beautiful range on their online store – VISIT WEBSITE
Dublin based business Cocoa Atelier, was set up with the ambition of bringing elegance, style and intense flavour to all of their creations. To view their beautiful range – VISIT WEBSITE
Grá Chocolates is a Galway based business founded by Gráinne Mullins. Each one of her individually artistically hand-painted chocolates has its own character comprising of unique aromas, textures and flavours. VISIT WEBSITE
Hazel Mountain Chocolate
Hazel Mountain Chocolate is possibly Ireland’s most remote chocolatier based in the Burren hills. Since launching in 2014 the business has received numerous awards and honours. To view range – VISIT WEBSITE
Koko of Kinsale
Koko is a small artisan business based in Kinsale, Co. Cork. The business was founded in 2012 with the aim of bringing quality handmade chocolate to locals and visitors alike. To view the beautiful range – VISIT WEBSITE
Lily O’Briens is a great example of an Irish success story. The business was founded by Mary Ann O’Brien who, having recovered from a debilitating illness in the early 1990s, discovered her true passion for all things chocolate. The business has grown from strength to strength in the past 30 years and has received great acclaim. To see the full range – VISIT WEBSITE
Lir was created in Dublin in 1987 by Connie Doody and Mary White. Today the business is a leading provider of premium chocolates to major retailers both at home and abroad. To view the full range – VISIT WEBSITE
Magic Mayan Artisan Chocolate
Clare based business Magic Mayan Artisan Chocolate was founded in 2012. Their full range is gluten free, vegan friendly and uses local organic ingredients. To discover more – VISIT WEBSITE
Marlenes Chocolate Haven
Marlene’s Chocolate Haven opened its doors to the public in Westport, Co. Mayo in 2004 and has been making deliciously smooth and creamy handmade Irish chocolate ever since. To view the range – VISIT WEBSITE
Irish food business Nobó is driven by a love of natural, simple and delicious food. The store offers a range of chocolate, ice-cream and gifts. To view their beautiful offerings – VISIT WEBSITE
Noo Chocolates was launched by Mary and Damien Corrigan in 2017. The business is based in Ballina, Co. Mayo and has been very well received in the space of few short years. To view the range – VISIT WEBSITE
Praline is an Athlone based business offering beautiful hand crafted chocolates designed by Georgia and Daniel. To purchase online – VISIT WEBSITE
Skelligs Chocolate was founded in 1996 and made great waves from the outset. Their beautiful range continues to grow and diversify. Prior to Covid the business offered an exciting visitor experience. To view their offerings – VISIT WEBSITE
The Chocolate Garden
The Chocolate Garden of Ireland is an award-winning family business based in Co. Carlow. Established in 2001 by Jim and Mary Healy, the business offers a beautiful range of chocolate and sweet treats. VISIT WEBSITE
The Proper Chocolate Company
Dublin business, The Proper Chocolate Company was founded by Patrick and Kelli Marjolet in 2016 producing bean-to-bar chocolate. To view the range – VISIT WEBSITE
Wilde Irish Chocolates
Clare based business Wilde Irish Chocolates was founded in 1997 and offers a fabulous range of chocolate, with over 80 flavours of bars. To view the beautiful offerings – VISIT WEBSITE
Zaeire Artisan Chocolates
Leigh Kelly started making chocolates at her kitchen table in 2013. Since inception the business has won multiple awards and gold medals. To view the full range – VISIT WEBSITE
As mentioned I really did have an abundance of great businesses to choose from when researching this post so we should be very proud of the fantastic selection of superb Irish chocolatiers. And this was just a taster. Are there other great Irish chocolate brands that I have left out? Have you a great experience with one of these businesses that you can share? I would love to hear from you so that we can all ‘Support Irish’ together.
- All views are my own.
- At the date of writing, I have no paid affiliation with any of the businesses listed above.
- All images have been sourced from the social media pages of the businesses profiled.
- All information including pricing, availability etc is correct at the date of posting only.
- I make every effort to test any recommended products and businesses personally but this is not feasible in all instances and so recommendations may be based on other customer reviews.
- All posts on this website and across our social media pages are written for the purposes of supporting Irish people and Irish businesses. Any comments on any of our pages that contradict that message will be removed and I make no apologies for doing so!