Not sure we need any excuse to eat chocolate, and it seems a peculiarly warm time of year for it, but World Chocolate Day is exactly what it says on the tin. A reason to eat/celebrate chocolate.
We were trying to research the possibility that it might have some nobler purpose, like supporting fair trade or raising awareness of diabetes but no. It’s just a good old day to shovel it into your face and enjoy the rush.
Here’s some great places in Sussex for chocolate.
Tucked away in the Brighton Laines, this famous chocolate shop needs little introduction. You can book into the ‘Witches Kitchen’ and have an exclusive insight to all things chocolatey, or chill in Bar du Chocolat and indulge in sweet treats and luxury hot chocolate. There’s gifts and treats galore but it’s the hand-made cakes that are the standouts here, where you’re only limited by your imagination.
3 Meeting House Lane, Brighton, BN1 1HB
This innovative British chocolate company originated in Brighton in 2000 after couple Helen and Simon travelled to South America, where they were both inspired by camping in a cocoa plantation. Their strict fair trade and ethical business practices make them a company to respect in addition to making absolutely delicious chocolate for every occasion. The brand has grown massively and they now even have their own Hogs Back Brewery chocolate lager!
30 Duke Street, Brighton BN1 1AG
100% fair trade and organic is the only way for award winning West Sussex based chocolate company Cocoa Loco. Their mouth-watering range varies from indulgent to vegan so there’s something for everyone. They have a shop and café so you can indulge in some delicious coffees and milkshakes as well as brownies and cakes. To celebrate world chocolate day they’re offering 25% off all hampers online – get on it.
Swan Walk Shopping Centre, Horsham, West Sussex, RH12 1HQ
Audrey’s has an air of Parisien chic about it and this beautiful shop in Hove was first opened in 1961! Wow! William Pain worked at Fortnum and Mason producing their chocolates in-house. He then retired and opened Audrey’s Chocolates with his wife Clarice. Situated in a beautiful four-story Georgian town house this place is traditional and magical, and their small batch chocolate has a unique taste that you can’t get anywhere else. It’s a real taste of exquisite luxury.
28 Holland Road, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 1JJ
Koh Koh Chocolate Boutique
This was a new one on us and we’re always glad to find new chocolate havens. Located in Southwick, Koh Koh caters for all including diabetics, vegans and gluten free so no one is left out of this chocolatey goodness. With more than 80 different flavours to choose from there’s sure to be something to make you drool.
Koh Koh Chocolate Boutique
15 Southwick Square, Southwick, West Sussex, BN42 4FP