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Choccy-woccy doo dah!

Choccy-woccy doo dah! 2048 1365 The Editor

Choccy-woccy doo dah!

As if we need a world day to celebrate chocolate, everyday is chocolate appreciation day isn’t it? Whether you like sweet white chocolate, creamy milk chocolate or something devilishly dark, there are flavours and fillings that suit almost every taste bud. Here on the Island we are lucky enough to have a few chocolate specialists to keep us stocked up throughout the year.

Nestled in the chocolate box village of Godshill you will find Chocolate Island. A store that wouldn’t be out of place as Willy Wonka’s gift shop on the way out of the factory, it’s bursting with chocolatey delights. For the children, there are chocolate lollies, hollow choccy characters and the broken bits bags are like a ready made pick ‘n’ mix. Adult eyes will widen with delight as they look upon the counter. Create your own box of chocolates from the various varieties and fill it with your favorites, ensuring there aren’t any stray coffee ones left at the bottom. 

But wait, there’s more… wander to the back of the shop where you’ll find a café, serving up milkshakes and hot chocolates made from melted chocolate (no powder here). The chocolate tapas is a thing of beauty, a platter bursting with cookies, marshmallows, fruit, churros and more plus pots of melted chocolate to dip it all in. Scrummy!
Chocolate Island

You would be excused for thinking you had walked in to a Victorian medicinal apothecary (if it weren’t for the fragrant chocolatey aromas filling the air) when visiting Chocolate Apothecary in Ryde. A wonderfully, vintage decorated shop with authentic looking wooden benches and glass jars filled to the brim. Fill up a box of tasty treats to take home or choose to stay a while in the café. Offering cold iced coffees and teas to keep you cool this summer, pair it with a deliciously tempting sweet treat, such as a chocolate-dipped florentine.
Chocolate Apothecary

Well, not technically chocolate, but Slab artisan fudge have an array of flavours including some chocolatey delights! Offering up both dairy and vegan friendly fudge (made using a coconut base), no one misses out here. You can choose from flavours such as the squidgy white chocolate fudge, sweet raspberry and white chocolate, choc/toffee, a delicious swirl of these two yummy ingredients or if you are after the ultimate chocolate hit, you need to try death by choc. Shop online, visit the shop in Cowes or catch them at one of the many Island shows and fairs over the summer.
Slab. Artisan Fudge

Chocolate Apothecary

A chocolate day would not be complete without the nation’s favourite cake, a brownie. Whether you like yours cold or warm with a scoop of ice cream (our mouth is watering) people can’t get enough. Islanders can now get fresh batches of brownies delivered right to their door thanks to Say it with Brownies. Handmade and personalised to the buyers requirements you can choose from an abundance of flavours, send with your own message if gifting and get them on the date you want.  

Start by choosing your base classic or gluten free, then get topping. You can have up to four flavours in one batch, keep it plain or add honeycomb pieces, mint chocolate, peanut butter, fudge and more. Look out for the flavour of the month too. Once you’ve picked, choose packaging options and your message then your delivery date. How easy is that. Fresh, fudgey brownies right to your door. We are living the dream!
Say it with Brownies

Over the water at Gunwharf Quays
When visiting the shopping outlet centre of Gunwharf Quays there’s more to do than shop til you drop. We know there are a plethora of restaurants to choose from but why not pick up a treat for yourself, something of the sweet variety. Head to the Lindt and Cadbury stores to get your fill of chocolate balls and boost bars. 

Wait… in the words of Willy Wonka “Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker”. So top off chocolate day with a sweet inspired cocktail. No.64 in Shanklin, with its extensive cocktail menu, have a Caramel Saltini on offer. A perfect blend of coffee, chocolate and salted caramel liquors, chocolate bitters and a dusting of chocolate, it’s heaven!

The Editor

Taste of the Wight is the Isle of Wight’s free local guide to food and drink. Now in its fifth year, it has cemented itself as the number one, independent companion for eating out on the Island.

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Taste of the Wight is the Isle of Wight’s free local guide to food and drink. Now in its sixth year, it has cemented itself as the number one, independent companion for eating out on the Island.