Savoring Handmade Chocolates Just Off Ireland’s Ring of Kerry
Heading around the Ring of Kerry and want a diversion? Especially one that is delicious? Might I recommend the Skelligs Chocolate Company…
We headed on a slight detour off the main Ring of Kerry route onto the Ring of Skellig. This is an even more beautiful drive (if that’s even possible) than the Ring of Kerry. Even better, it lacks the tour buses, as the roads are too small. And, there’s quite a reward for this scenic drive – the Skelligs Chocolate Company.
Coming down a long hill between Ballinskelligs and Port Magee, it is located in an unassuming cream-colored building with St Finian’s bay and the Skellig Islands just across the street. Skelligs Chocolate Company is the most westerly chocolage maker in Europe, according to their sign. No photos were allowed inside the factory and store, so you’ll have to imagine all the rich, tasty treats being produced there.
Walking in, there is an extremely clean work area where women are making all this delicious chocolate! It is fun to watch and reminded me (in a very small way) of visiting the chocolate museum in Cologne. These hand-made Irish Chocolates are incredible.
There’s a tasting counter where they serve one flavor after another. We were lucky enough to try truffles in the following flavors:
- Champagne and Strawberry
- Dark Chocolate Mint
- Vanilla Ganache
- Dark Irish Coffee
- Dark Orange
- Hazelnut Praline
We also sampled some mint and orange brittle, marshmallow clusters, honeycomb clusters, and flavored Callets (chips).
Hungry yet? Wait!
You can also get coffee and hot chocolate drinks. The people in the shop are extremely friendly, and you won’t walk away disappointed, unless you count being full as a disappointment, as I do…
We also bought a bar sample set: dark chocolate chilli and pink peppercorn, dark chocolate and sea salt, milk chocolate with Irish honey, milk chocolate with rose and pistacio, and dark chocolate with lime zest and black pepper. Hopefully some will make it as gifts, but we’ve already made a dent in the supply.
For more information (and to order some online!), please see: www.skelligschocolate.com
Located between Ballinskelligs and Portmagee, St. Finian’s Bay, Ring of Skelligs, Co Kerry, Ireland.
Submitted by Dr. Jessie Voigts, publisher of www.WanderingEducators.com