When it comes to pure luxury and indulgence, nobody does it better than Charbonnel et Walker.
We caught up with the brand's Head Chocolatier, Adam Lee, to hear about its history of making treats for the Royal Family, the best temperature for melting chocolate and the story behind its new history-inspired Valentine's Day collection. With Champagne truffles this good, sharing might not be caring after all...
The brand has quite a history. How did it all start?
Charbonnel et Walker was Britain’s first luxury chocolatier, founded in 1875. Encouraged by Edward VII (then the Prince of Wales), Charbonnel et Walker formed as a partnership between Mrs Walker and Mme Charbonnel, the latter from the esteemed Maison Boissier chocolate house in Paris. The original shop opened at 173 New Bond Street in Mayfair and has remained in Bond Street ever since.
What makes Charbonnel unique?
Charbonnel et Walker is one of the few chocolatiers to hold a Royal Warrant as chocolate manufacturers to Her Majesty The Queen, with chocolates that are hand-made to the traditional recipes of Madame Charbonnel. We are particularly renowned for our dark chocolate, made from the finest dark couverture. The result is a decadently rich taste and an unforgettable experience.
A Royal favourite, our Charbonnel et Walker Rose and Violet Creams are quintessentially English. Our unique fondant recipe is infused with attar of Roses and Violets (the essential oil extracted from the petals), enrobed in our finest dark chocolate and entirely hand finished with crystallised Rose and Violet petals. These chocolates are just as popular today and still made to Madame Charbonnel's original and esteemed recipe.
Charbonnel et Walker truffles have also become as iconic as our chocolates. Our Pink Marc de Champagne Truffles are synonymous with a rich, decadent taste - perfect for a special occasion or indulgent treat and much loved from one generation to the next. The brand also continues to reflect the modern tastes of today’s society - alongside our classic flavours, Sea Salt Caramel truffles have proved one of our most popular.