Rarely do we come across someone who dislikes chocolate. Chocolate has always been a classic sweet treat that people turn to, whether it’s for indulgence, to satisfy a craving or a gift idea for a loved one.
When it comes to hand-crafted, artisanal chocolate, we all know international brands such as Royce, Lauren Bernard and Godiva. However, did you know that Singapore’s artisanal chocolate-making scene is slowly starting to take off as well?
Here, we have a list of 8 local chocolatiers that you can go to for fresh, unique, handmade chocolates the next time you need your chocolate fix.
Photo Credit: Anjalichocolat
Ms Anjali Gupta was a banker who quit her job to become a chocolatier, and from there on, Anjalichocolat was born. She has been in the chocolate business for almost five years and is famous for her luxury handmade chocolates that have unusual, adventurous flavour pairings. All her chocolates are made from Belgium couverture, fruit puree, and whole spices.
An instance of such a pairing would be her very popular Earl Grey Tea Citrus Chocolates, where the chocolates are cleverly infused with fragrant tea as well as lemon juice and zest. We also have her Star Anise Bonbons, which is an interesting combination of dark chocolate and essence of star anise, which creates a very unique, spicy flavour.
73 Loewen Road, #01-15/16
Tel: +65 6509 6800
Mon to Sat: 10am – 5pm
(Closed on Sundays)
Nearest Station: Queenstown
Awfully Chocolate is one of Singapore’s most well-known chocolatiers, and they have been in the chocolate business for almost 20 years. It all started when Lyn Lee, a Lawyer, couldn’t find the ultimate chocolate cake. She then decided to quit her job to open her own cake and chocolate shop.
Awfully chocolate boasts using their own blend of chocolate, which is something that you don’t see many people doing. Some of their famous chocolate items are the Super Stacked Chocolate Cake, Hei Ice Cream, Chocolate Banana Cake, Dark Chocolate Truffles, Cold Poached Truffles, Chocolate Tiramisu Cake, and their Chocolate Praline Cake.
313 Orchard Road, #2-50
Tel: +65 6341 9437
Daily: 10am – 10pm
Nearest Station: Somerset
Founder Lim Jialiang discovered his passion for chocolate during a trip to Paris in 2014, where he was blown away by the amount of chocolate available there. The name Demochoco comes from the smart wordplay in Japanese, with ‘Demo’ meaning but, and ‘choco’ meaning chocolate.
Most of his chocolates are made from single-origin Valrhona couverture, with other ingredients used to make the chocolates coming from both local and overseas sources. He also likes to come up with creative inventions, with one example being his unique salted egg and cereal creation.
National Design Centre
#01-01, 111 Middle Road
Tel: +65 9683 2136
Daily: 12pm – 8pm
Nearest Station: Bras Basah & Bugis
Fossa Chocolate is named after a wildcat-like animal native to Madagascar, which came from the time the owner, Jay Chua, had a life-changing taste of Madagascan chocolate from the famous chocolate line, Dick Taylor. Chua painstakingly makes the chocolates himself in a factory in Tuas, and it can take him a month to make a 30kg batch of single-origin chocolate.
His chocolate beans are sourced from countries such as Haiti, Indonesia and Guatemala, and they all undergo a seven-step process which results in smooth and rich liquid chocolate. He has also come up with interesting chocolate flavours such as satay sauce inspired chilli peanut praline, white sesame and seaweed, and salted egg cereal blond chocolate.
The Glasshouse – CHIJMES
30 Victoria Street, #01-03
Tel: +65 97930234
Mon to Fri: 8am – 5pm
Sat to Sun: 9am – 6pm
Nearest Station: Bras Basah & City Hall
National Orchid Garden,
Tanglin Gate & Nassim Gate
1 Cluny Road
Tel: +65 6467 0380
Daily: 8.30 – 7pm
Nearest Station: Botanic Gardens
*(You can find these at multiple outlets islandwide)
With a pastry diploma from Le Cordon Bleu Paris, the founder of Patisserie G, Gwen Lim, certainly knows what she’s doing when it comes to chocolates and desserts. She also learned how to make all her chocolates herself from attending a chocolate-making course from French master chocolatier Jean-Marie Auboine.
She recently expanded her range of products to include in-house chocolates, which consists of bonbons, chocolate bars, as well as panned chocolates, which are fruits and nuts that are coated in chocolate. She also has come up with interesting combinations such as melon seeds covered with Szechuan pepper-infused dark chocolate.
9 Raffles Boulevard, #01-40/41 Millenia Walk
Tel: +65 6338 7578
Mon to Thur: 7.30pm – 9pm
Fri: 7.30am – 10pm
Sat: 9am – 10pm
Sun: 9am – 9pm
Nearest Station: Promenade
THE DARK GALLERY
Ms Li Lihui, another former lawyer, was inspired to start The Dark Gallery after she had mind-blowing chocolate experiences in San Francisco and Japan when she tasted their single-origin chocolate.
The pride and joy of The Dark Gallery would be their Single-origin dark chocolate that comes from Venezuela and Madagascar, with single-origin here meaning that the chocolate beans used comes from a specific place and have a distinctive and unique taste profile. This has resulted in their signature item, The Five Single Origin Platters.
9 Raffles Boulevard, #01-K5 Millenia Walk
Tel: +65 6255 0368
Daily: 11am – 9.30am
Nearest Station: Promenade
Wimbly Lu is a popular cafe that sells desserts, crispy waffles and ice cream, but did you know that they sell chocolate truffles too? Their chocolate truffles are all made in-house by their chocolatiers who use a couverture that they got from Belgium.
Their truffles come in nine flavours, with some of them being dark chocolate, milk chocolate, salted caramel, rum and raisin and even milo! On special occasions like Christmas, they also have special flavours such as Christmas pudding, and fig.
166 Tyrwhitt Road
Tel: +65 6291 8138
Mon, Wed & Thur: 12pm – 10.30pm
Fri: 12pm – 11pm
Sat: 9am – 11pm
Sun: 9am – 10.30pm
(Closed on Thursdays)
Nearest Station: Lorong Chuan & Serangoon