If I have a vice then it is chocolate. Not just any sort, for my taste buds demand quality. So whenever I hear of a new chocolatier then I just have to go and taste their wares.
This time I secured the assistance of our family who are holidaying here for a few days to take Mrs H and myself to visit Hazel Mountain Chocolates; who are situated quite literally in the western foothills of the Burren about 2.5km east of Béal an Chloga [Bell Harbour]. There is a sign at the road junction at the foot of the hill on that says 2km - it isn't it's further!
Hazel Mountain Chocolates
My three and a half year old grandson said when he stepped into this cottage
" It is like being in a dream"
He was right for the interior is so very much unlike that of an old Irish cottage, that it may well have come from a storybook.
Display and Sales Venue
I was quite disappointed to find that unlike other chocolatiers in Ireland that there were no free samples to be had, for it is customary that a sample of each chocolate is cut into small slices and offered as tempters to prospective buyers. My other complaint is that the price shown on the handwritten labels is misleading for the number Euro 1 is a looped l !
In fairness our visit was on a weekday before the summer season has really got into full swing and there was also work going on to some of the outside buildings.
The Coffee Counter
The serving assistant working the machine - I thought she was one of twins or even triplets (but no) for where ever we went a woman like her appeared to be working.
Mrs H enjoys a pipe (unlit of course!)
Bright decorated rooms, with quaint fripperies displayed in every room.
A mouth watering table.
Delicious slices of home baked Apple pie, served with tart berry fruits and cream which we all thoroughly enjoyed.
In sunshine we ate our recently purchased chocs.
L to R Ollie, Mrs H, myself and Mark
The view of Bell Harbour