This is a new little feature that I’m attempting to start, called Hidden Gem. Its basically about that amazing little find that everyone should know about. That well kept secret, that really shouldn’t be a secret at all.
This first edition is for a place called Special Edition Chocolate – located in Willingham, Lincolnshire.
We stumbled across this little gem on Sunday 5th May. We were on our way to Louth from Gainsborough, travelling via Market Rasen. As we headed through Willingham, past Willingham Woods, we spotted the sign on our lefthand side.
As we were sort of in a rush, we didn’t stop there and then. In fact Lily had not long said she was feeling a little sick, so stopping for chocolate seemed like a bad idea. However in hush toned, Chris and I decided we might come back this way and have a nosey then. After heading over to Louth for about an hour, we did come back the same way. We headed down the little lane and easily located the chocolate shop.
At first we weren’t sure it would be open. It was Sunday after all and by this time it was gone 4pm. However as soon as we got close enough, it was easy to see that the shop was open and so we all got out and ventured in.
I didn’t take any pictures of inside, it didn’t seem right, but it was a very small and quaint little shop. As you first walked in there was a table of chocolates classed as the healthier options. The other tables/displays were mostly split up into dark, milk and white. We were quickly met by a very friendly gentleman who offered us some tasters. He was great with the kids and actually very humorous. We tried all sorts of chocolate from plum and ginger, to coffee, strawberry, mint and popping candy. The kids were most amused that he told us “tesco” was a swear word, when we mentioned having bought popping candy chocolate from their earlier. After trying at least 10-15 chocolate samples each, we decided to buy a few bits to take with us.
Now I won’t lie, the chocolate isn’t cheap. This little haul set us back £14. The bags of chocolate drops were £3.50 each, or 3 for £10. The chocolate bars (which are actually 2 thin layers making up 2 bars, rather than 1 thick chocolate bar) was £4. The hedgehog and mouse were thrown in for free though, for the girls. We bought a bag of butterscotch in milk chocolate (by far my favourite), a bag of popping candy in white and a bag of coffee in dark. Our chocolate bar was mint and I’m not hundred percent sure what the free hedgehog and mouse are but possibly strawberry or raspberry chocolate.
Something else I fancied, but we didn’t buy, was the Pure Cocoa Butter
|Taken from Special Edition Chocolate website|
These were £4 each and there was a sample one to try. The little information alongside it read “Pure cocoa butter is a rich moisturiser to help with many dry skin problems like eczema, diabetes, psoriasis, sunburn & insect bites.” It looked amazing but since I wasn’t paying for our chocolate stash, I didn’t like to ask for something just for me!
The chocolate IS amazing. Its so nice and SO chocolatey. The people who make and work in the Special Edition Chocolate shop definitely know what they are doing and clearly do it with a passion too.
If you live local to Lincoln, its a fun trip out, or detour on the way to somewhere else. If you’re not local then definitely check out their website at www.specialeditionchocolate.co.uk or their facebook page at www.facebook.com/pages/Special-Edition-Chocolate
One of the most amazing parts of our visit to the chocolate shop, was definitely this chocolate carriage.
|Picture taken from Special Edition Chocolate website|
Its sold as an alternate wedding cake, but I would love it for my birthday party. As I’ve banged on about a million times before, my birthday is Fairytale themes and this would just be the most perfect edition.
Anyway, till next time!