With Valentine’s Day fast approaching (Feb 14th) and Birmingham’s chocolate coated history, we’ve collated 5 scrumptious shops from across the city for you to grab some sweet sugary gifts.
Since 1824 the Cadbury brothers have made sure chocolate is a key part of Birmingham’s history, but even they started from humble beginnings. The multibillion pound a year company started with just a small shop on Bull Street, now Voilo is giving you the ultimate list of independents you can visit in Birmingham today to satisfy your sweet tooth.
First up is Kneals handmade chocolates and confectionary. Founded by husband and wife duo, these luxury chocolates use locally sourced ingredients and make for the perfect gift this Valentine’s. With everything from eton mess bars to vegan dark chocolate truffles and a subscription service for those chocolate lovers who can’t get enough!
Onto The Chocolate Quarter next in the historic Jewellery Quarter, providing an alternative to the mediocre, mass produced and tasteless chocolates on the market The Chocolate Quarter boasts a ‘unparalleled taste experience’ that’s ‘well worth the indulgance.’ For that extra special time book onto their chocolate experiences here.
This local olde sweet shop is Mr Simms, a traditional, family owned nostalgic wonderland with charming decor and deliciously retro confectionary has stores in both Birmingham & Solihull. Alongside traditional British sweets you can find in their Great British Sweets Hamper you can also find American treats for that ‘something a little bit different’.
Located on the Pershore Road,Sweetmeat, is founded on tradition and straightforward high quality. Made in Birmingham their fudge and fudge sauce comes in all kinds of magical flavours and 100% biodegradable bags before going into their recognisable, stamped, brown paper bags — which are completely recyclable.
Finally, Miss Macaroon is a fantastic independent that amazingly reinvests 100% of its profits into unemployed young people so they can gain life changing skills. The Michelin star level quality and complex colour match technology makes their vibrant macaroons the ideal gift this Valentine’s day.