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Chocolate to feel good about

We believe that cocoa is a gift from nature and that the very best chocolate begins with the finest cocoa beans. Once our single-origin Colombian cocoa arrives at our chocolate HQ, it’s tempered for the perfect snap and blended with other natural ingredients such as citrus, coffee, peppermint, rhubarb and sea salt to create our famously smooth chocolate.

 We also believe that eating chocolate can be done with a clear conscience. That’s why every cocoa bean in our chocolate is responsibly and sustainably produced, with a little extra paid for every kilo to help reforest the cocoa-growing regions of Colombia.

Learn more about how we’re making a positive impact through chocolate, or see our full range here.

We handmake all of our chocolate in Britiain. Picture shows a member of the team handmaking chocolate

Handmade in Britain

As a proudly British company, everything we produce is handmade in historic York – the ancestral home of British chocolate – while all of our packaging is purchased from other UK companies to help support local industries.

We care for the environment, including supporting rural cocoa farming communities. Pictures shows a cocoa farmer working at his farm surrounded by cocoa trees and cocoa pods.

Caring for the Environment

We believe that cacao is a precious gift from nature and that the very best chocolate comes from the finest beans, that’s why every bean we use is responsibly and sustainably grown, with minimal impact on the environment.

We respect people and communities. We trade fairly and heavily finance education in cocoa farming communities. The picture shows three smiling Colombian children holding cocoa pods

Respecting People & Communities

We’re committed to making life better in the communities we’re a part of, that’s why we work with independent farmers and cooperatives rather than big corporations and why we always aim to have a positive impact on the world around us.

Our Story

By Linda Barrie, Founder and Chief Taster

There’s something soul-satisfying about chocolate – like a miniature holiday for your senses.

The Choc Affair story began in 2006 when I realised that my daughters had an intolerance to milk – a devastating discovery for children who love chocolate. As there were few alternatives available back then, I decided to have a go myself and with a little time and a whole lot of soy milk I created a hot chocolate they loved. While my first little customers were pretty devoted, they also gave me the idea for a business making handmade chocolate. The next step was a dark chocolate stirrer that melted in warm milk to create an instant chocolatey drink – something we still make today. As demand grew – and not just at home – and with my house now permanently smelling of molten chocolate, I gave up my day job to become a full-time chocolatier.

As family members were always being drafted in to help, stir, drive and taste, most of them eventually joined the company and after first converting our garage, we eventually rented an old joinery as our first chocolate HQ. After that, things really started growing and before long we’d moved into our current home in Hazel Court.

As a business, however, we always wanted to do good by the world and create confectionary that came with a clear conscience. That’s why every bean we use is responsibly and sustainably produced, with a little extra paid for every kilo to help reforest the cocoa-growing regions of Colombia. It’s also why we never use cheap shortcuts like palm oil, and support the small farms and cooperatives we work with and the local community that surrounds them, as well as our own community here in York.

Sixteen years later we’re still making handmade chocolate that has a positive impact and we still love doing it. What more could we ask for?

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