Saturday was certainly a dreamy affair for this chocolate-loving family as we rendez-vous(ed) in Harrogate for a tantalising workshop at new chocolatiers ‘Harrogate Chocolate Tree’- and proceeded to spend the most delicious two hours of our lives creating delicious chocolate treats together.

For the purposes of this review (and our tummies) we gallantly (!) tasted, decorated and basked in all things cocoa and it was utterly FABULOUS!

Harrogate Chocolate Tree

Harrogate Chocolate Tree

chocolate menu at Harrogate Chocolate TreeOne tasty haven of a shop on Commerical Street, ‘Harrogate Chocolate Tree’ welcomes all ages into store, with husband and wife duo Julie and Mark’s passion for top-notch quality chocolate evident in their exquisitely hand crafted range of no less than 50 different chocolates on site.

The rum, passion and mango truffles are exceptional. One is definitely not enough!


Mesmerising moorish chocolate at every turn…

Harrogate Chocolate tree chocolates

handmade Easter eggs


gift wrapped chocolates

…From bespoke wedding favours to classic pieces (hand sculpted unique eggs too of course as Easter is on its way) and specialist bars to meet everyone’s taste from white to milk and dark, I could have spent all day browsing and eating-but there were chocolate leaves and pizzas to be made and kids desperate for a taste.

One more quick look before we get crafting…

Harrogate Chocolate Tree marshmallow chocolates chocolates

beautiful chocolates

mango truffles

fine Easter eggs

Mark is not just a dab-hand chocolatier and connoisseur but he’s also super with little people too: patient, kind, engaging, he opened up his tantalising world of chocolate to us, carefully pouring shiny chocolate into moulds, his passion was contagious as the kids tried different flavours of chocolate and toppings and created their own bespoke beauties.

Owner of Harrogate Chocolate Tree, Mark

Educational, fun, delicious, there’s no better nor pleasurable bonding session to be had with kids.

First up they made Easter chocolate lollies:

making chocolate

making chocolate lollies

making chocolate lollipops

Then it was on to luscious leaves:

pouring milk chocolate

milk chocolate leaves

Decorated with raisins, apricots, freeze dried raspberries and chopped apricots. You want to get fruit down your kids-simply add chocolate 😉
decorating the chocolate leaves

And candied orange!

The mint buttons were a delight too. So delicious, they featured in my dream last night. You know you LOVE chocolate when you dream about it, right?!

chocolate mint leaves

Then it was time to dip kebab sticks full of marshmallows into chocolate and douse in sprinkles! Fluffy clouds of marshmallows left to dry in a chocolate covering with the added bit of hundreds and thousands!


chocolate marshallows


making chocolate marshmallow lollies
tastychocolate workshop

These were the boys’ creations. Stunning huh?!

chocolate lollies

chocolate lollies

Then the best for last, our boys’ favourites: chocolate pizzas!

Selecting toppings from a plate of treats they decorated melted chocolate rounds which were left to set….

chocolate toppings

making chocolate pizzas

a chocolate pizza

Patiently waiting for their pizzas, they decorated the pizza boxes as Mark and Julie had thoughts of everything-arts and crafts meetings chocolate making is simply genius!

decorating pizza boxes

decorating chocolate pizza boxes


And a quick refuel of their creations of course to end after all that work!

eating a chocolate lolly

And some treats for mum and dad too (win)!

The salted caramel and mango truffles are utter triumphs-Peter bought several boxes just in case we run out any time soon!

salted caramel truffels mango truffels

After the workshop, Julie who remains front of house while Michael crafts and creates in his kitchen out back, helped me select the perfect presents for friends, packing the pieces up beautifully, ready to be sent.

chocolate gifts

Despite they couple kindly gifting us the session and lots of tasty treats to take home too, I wanted to support the shop and bought some gifts too. With an online shop launching soon, it will be easier than ever to order. In the meanwhile call them up and get shopping!

chocolate boxes

There is nothing more wonderful than being able to support small businesses through this blog and local ones at that too.

The care and consideration of the founders coupled with the mouthwatering chocolate and seriously brilliant workshops is clearly a recipe for success for Harrogate Chocolate Tree.

We cannot wait to return again soon and are savouring every bite of our Chocolate Tree chocolate stash back home.

Now for the exciting bit- one lucky reader has the chance to taste Harrogate Chocolate Tree’s fine chocolate for themselves. To win this tremendous Trio of Chocolate Easter Egg worth £20, simply enter via Rafflecopter below.

Easter eggs

Details of this magnificent Easter Egg:

Easter egg

20cm 1/3 dark chocolate (70% cocoa), 1/3 milk chocolate (35%) and 1/3 White.

UK only

Ends 20th March 2016.

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201 Responses

  1. Notmyyearoff

    Oh my goodness I’m going to be torn now when I go to Harrogate in picking between this place and Betty’s. I’m definitely going to try it out at least once though!

    • Honest Mum

      Aw go to both! You have to try Harrogate Chocolate Tree’s chocolate! Go for lunch at Betty’s and pick up dessert ie chocolate everything at HCT!

  2. Sarah Scott

    I would dearly love to win this for my young Daughter, as it’s her Birthday and also her Grandma’s (who lives near Harrogate). They can spend quality time together making chocolate and having fun – Thanks for the Giveaway!

  3. Joanne Robinson

    Great we to spend quality family time, plus I get eat chocolate ?

  4. Lisa Mcalley

    My three kids would be grateful to share this as they wont be having easter eggs this year due to personal circumstances xx

  5. katrina walsh

    my sons at uni and hasn’t been back since xmas. id love to have a really exquisite gift like this to give to him on his return

  6. Alison Macdonald

    We are a family of chocolate lovers! Think this would be a lovely treat for the whole family to do together 🙂

  7. Jo McPherson

    Would love to have some delicious quality chocolate to treat us to

  8. Jessica Hutton

    Because they look amazing and I would love to treat my amazing mum xx

  9. Victoria Prince

    I would love to win because these look delicious, and such good quality 🙂 I also love supporting smaller independent businesses

  10. Karen R

    I’d love to win because hubby bought some chocolate from here year’s ago and he swears it’s the best chocolate he’s ever had – it would be a fab present for him 🙂

  11. Marrian

    That looks like so much fun!

    I’d like to win because I love chocolate.

  12. sandy ralph

    I would love to win for my husband as a very special easter treat this year because I love him so much

  13. Alison MacDonald

    These look incredibly yummy and I would love to win to share with my family 🙂

  14. Lucy Chester

    I would love to win as a treat for my mum as she would love this


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