Luxury Bakewell-based brand, Holdsworth Chocolates, has boosted its core range offering with three new lines, which have been developed to incorporate on-trend alcoholic flavours such as Gin, Espresso Martini and Prosecco.
The new lines, which are now available from selected retailers including John Lewis and Ocado, have been launched at the end of a bumper year for the Peak District brand, which recorded its best ever year of trading in May this year, with sales up 30 per cent on the previous year.
The family-run brand, which makes premium boxed chocolate selections and decadent, beautifully packaged truffles sold by John Lewis, Harrods, Selfridges, Booths, Waitrose, Westmorland, Ocado, Amazon and own label for Chatsworth, Historic Royal Palaces of England and Lewis & Cooper as well as on their own website, has seen its turnover increase to £1.5 million. Notably, Holdsworth Chocolates also celebrates 30 years of trading this year.
The Espresso Martini Cocktail Truffles (£8 for 115g) are a luxurious assortment of milk, white and dark ganache truffles, combined with the finest aromatic coffee, a dash of martini and topped with gold-dusted coffee beans.
The Sir Robin of Locksley Assorted Gin Truffles (£8.00 for 100g) are a real triumph, as the Peak District-based brand has teamed up with an artisan gin company from over the the moors in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. The chocolatiers’s finest ganache truffles are infused with the delicious Robin of Locksley gin and a blend of traditional botanicals with delicate infusions of elderflower, dandelion and pink grapefruit.
The Pink Prosecco Truffles are £5 for 55g. The gorgeous pastel-pink chocolates are flavoured with delicate Prosecco for a fabulous treat. They also make a fabulous gift or stocking filler for Christmas for the discerning chocolate lover.
Genevieve Holdsworth, second generation family owner and Creative Director, commented: “Beautifully boozy truffles are hugely on trend at present, but we wanted to make sure we produced some timelessly delicious products that will be enjoyed for many years to come. I’m especially proud of our partnership with Sir Robin of Locksely Gin, as it’s fantastic to support fellow artisan producers, especially local ones.
“Our customers will be able to tell from the exquisite taste of the new range that a huge amount of care has gone into the recipes and creation of our chocolates – which are all still hand-made and hand-enrobed at our chocolate factory in Bakewell, as they have been for 30 years.
“It’s certainly been a buoyant trading year for our brand, in which we’ve seen 30 per cent growth within John Lewis, and online growth of 35 per cent via Amazon and Ocado. We also launched two new exclusive lines into Waitrose and are producing seven exclusive Christmas lines for John Lewis this year.”
The new range alcohol-inspired range from Holdsworth Chocolates is available from: www.holdsworthchocolates.co.uk, and retailers including John Lewis, Ocado, Selfridges, Westmorland and Amazon.