I remember hearing about The Chocolate Deli in Wells-next-the-Sea on the north Norfolk coast a while ago, so my recent visit to the seaside was the perfect opportunity to drop by and sample their wares.
It’s only a small little shop located on Staithe Street, but it’s filled with irresistible sweet treats. The decor is simple and white washed, but it suits the seaside setting.
On entering, I was drawn to the cushions before the chocolate, which is a bit odd for me, I know, but they were so eye-catching. Designed to look like biscuits, they’re really kitsch, but I think they’re rather cute. I couldn’t decide if I would rather have the custard cream, party ring or malted milk option. Priced at £30 (I think), they’re a really fun way to update a room.
And so to the chocolate…
Perusing the selection of chocolates, I ummed and ahhed for quite a while. There were white, milk and dark chocolate bars, some plain and some with flavourings, chocolate covered coffee beans, lollipops and lots more. I opted for a 67% cocoa bar with crystallised stem ginger – I figured the high chocolate content would be better for my health… I can live in hope.
Each 100g bar costs a very reasonable £3, which is perfect for a little treat. Amazingly, I did manage to get it home without opening it and shared it with my family over a cup of tea.
We all agreed that the chocolate was very smooth and tasty and it didn’t last very long. In spite of the high cocoa content, it wasn’t at all bitter and the ginger gave it a lively zing. Delicious.
The Chocolate Deli also has a range of traditional sweets in jars behind the counter too, which is really cute – I was most intrigued by the peach bon bons – which is rather novel. I think I might have to head back and pick some up, or buy them online.
STOP PRESS: I have been reliably informed that the Wells shop is closing, but you can still get hold of the chocolate in Walsingham and online.