Wednesday, 21 May 2014

CHOCOLATE & ICE CREAM

Whenever we have visitors we like to take them to places that have a special interest to them, as well as to ourselves. Living where we do in central Ireland we are very nearly spoilt for choice, in almost any direction there are interesting places to explore.So on a sunny day last week we decided to make a visit to county Carlow and this time to a location that we ourselves had never been. 

Our destination this time was to The Chocolate Garden of Ireland.
A great surprise awaited us as we stepped into their premises for an Aladdin's Cave of mouth watering confectionary blinded our eyes.The warm welcome from the proprietor plus her immediate offer to sample slender leaves made from delicious dark, milk and white chocolate warmed our hearts. 
After a relaxing coffee in the garden and a delicious organic ice cream each, we finally left with a selection of boxes and bags of chocolate. We shall return to The Chocolate Garden of Ireland very soon!

the Aladdin's Cave of goodies


this tree mural caught my eye


A great display of award winning chocolates

A close up of beautiful chocolates & by tasting the Salted Caramel
it exquisitely excited my taste buds - Yum !


A gift sized for every pocket

The proprietors Jim and Mary Healy in discussion with Mrs H


Tipperary  Organic Ice Cream.

It is a recently added product now owned and made on the premises. So delicious that I cannot describe to you how wonderful it is - you will have to buy your own.


A sheltered sitting area for parents and grandparents to drink coffee, eat ice cream, talk   dwell on what chocolates they are going to buy or even watch the children at play.

I think Ollie thought that this was for him, but no a latte for his father! 
Every coffee was served with a chocolate

A convenient and safe play area for the children.

The Chocolate Garden of Ireland at Rath, Tullow, Co. Carlow, Ireland
Phone: +353 (0)59 648 1999
Fax: 059 9151968



18 comments:

  1. It sounds like you died and went to heaven!

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    1. Your perception is 'spot on' and am going again for more next week.

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  2. If this little slice of heaven was close to us we would be there every week! The perfect balance to appeal to 3 generations this company have got it just right! The attention & kindness from the proprietors makes you want to go back again & again! We are very jealous you are going next week chocolate travels very well in the post ;) x

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    1. Yes, so I believe and you might be lucky.

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  3. I think chocolate and ice cream are my favourite foods, but strangely I don't like chocolate ice cream. I could live out my days in that shop! Xxx

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    1. I think we have similar tastes Fran :-) My favourite ice cream is one that contains honeycomb toffee and to me it is a great food !

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  4. I dare not let my eyes dwell on the chocolate for too long, but I adore that tree mural.

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    1. Oh go on Weave enjoy the sight and be brave - you know you want to.

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  5. You seem to be surrounded by excellent chocolate shops and cafes. It all sounds delicious.

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    1. Thank you for your observation Heather. Ireland is increasing it's reputation for good quality organic foodstuff by way of produce, also at the culinary end our chefs are excellent which makes for quality cafés and restaurants to keep joe public happy.

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  6. Love chocolate, but can't abide any pudding, drink or cake containing the stuff. Irrational?

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    1. Not at all Bill to each his own is what I say and it wouldn't do for us all to be the same.

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  7. Cor, I would love to go there. Lovely. Thanks for all the pictures...

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    1. Thanks Rachel. We are only an hour away and a bit further west you know :-)

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  8. Your life looks like a holiday. Lucky duck!

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    1. Thank you Gwen and it is no good being retired unless you make the most of being so :)

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  9. Oh my goodness! What glorious temptation! A gorgeous place in more than one sense, Mel :-)

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