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!

truffles

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!

marshmallow

chocolate marshallows

sprinkles

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

drawing

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

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201 Responses

  1. Caroline Smith

    I would love to win as I spend Easter buying eggs for everyone else but never have any myself!

    Reply
  2. Tracey Belcher

    Truthfully I have never experienced excuisite chocolate and would love to

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  3. Steven Appleton

    This looks a lot classier than most easter eggs we are used to seeing (and eating) every year

    Reply
  4. Brenda Wilkes

    I love chocolate and am always looking for something different to try.

    Reply
  5. rebecca austin

    I just love chocolate – would share with my daughter and husband

    Reply
  6. Amanda Gregory

    I love chocolate but I have been really working hard to lose a fair bit of weight lately and I am ready for a treat at Easter.

    Reply
  7. cheryl lovell

    This would be a special treat for me after dieting for so long!

    Reply
  8. Christine Hobbs

    Who doesnt like quality chocolate and treats? Looks fab I would share with my gorgeous 3 girls

    Reply
  9. Nat thomason

    I want to win it for my mum she’s been so poorly this would cheer her up .

    Reply
  10. Susan B

    Gosh, who wouldn’t want to win after looking at those fab pics with chocolate treats? Looks like the boys had fun!

    Reply
  11. Sam Goodwin

    I’m a chocoholic! I eat it every day. But would love to try some luxury chocolate!! It sounds delicious!!!

    Reply
  12. International Elf Service

    These are THE most incredibly looking chocolates I have ever seen in my entire life! Just looking at all of these stunning photos makes me feel as if I’ve entered Aladdin’s Cave. I imagine the smell is utterly divine too. Workshops are such a good idea – though I suspect I may eat it all before I’ve actually finished making anything. #noselfrestraint

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    • Honest Mum

      Haha this was basically what I did, it was the BEST day and simply glorious chocolates-the whole experience was divine! Come up North and I’ll take you! x

      Reply
  13. Liam Bishop

    We love chocolate! I love to try different brands I have not tried before.

    Reply
  14. Stephanie Forster

    What a great prize, the best thing about Easter is the chocolate – I cant wait!

    Reply
  15. helen tovell

    Would love to win to share with the family for a luxurious Easter treat

    Reply

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