If I was set with the task of writing the happiest story on the entire planet, it would probably start with a new shop filled with chocolate opening near my home. So hopefully that puts into perspective how happy I am to announce that The Chocolate Quarter is open for business in Birmingham’s own Jewellery Quarter. YES.In the name of public interest I had to investigate and do some sampling, you know. For research.
This lovely home grown family business will boom in the JQ which is slowly but surely becoming a new hot spot. Just in time for Valentine’s day, the luxury chocolatiers have loads of offers, heart shaped velvet chocolate boxes, liqueurs, bespoke romantic hampers and insanely good deals for your loved ones. OR, if you’re single (hey), then you’re in for an even bigger treat because you don’t have to pretend to want to share.
The space has a comfy seating area for you to sit and drink your mega rich hot chocolate that they make from their house bars in front of you. There’s a corner dedicated just to nostalgic sweets, and they have a wide array of biscuits, fudges and “inclusion bars” (they even let you vote for new flavours).
I bought – and demolished – a mini box of chocolate covered coffee beans and a little box of handmade chocolates. Choosing was freaking hard, but my favourite flavours were “The Londoner caramel & stout” which was Guinness in a truffle, “Genoa basil Chocolate ganache” and the “Boston peanut butter & raspberry jelly”. But there are simpler more classic flavours too: praline, champagne, and caramel.
Head over to the Jewellery Quarter this Valentine’s day for a bespoke gift, and I seriously advice you follow them on Twitter and Facebook for regular competitions and updates.
Peace out, I’m slowly slipping into my cocoma.