It’s been over 30 years since my mum, Barbara started making chocolates from a small unit in our home town of Bakewell, driven by a passion for chocolate with a firm belief that a market existed for British handcrafted chocolates. Barbara began to blend the best possible ingredients from around the world in order to realise her dream. These unique recipes made to exacting standards, created an exquisite range of world-class chocolates. Our Story was gaining a reputation as Holdsworth became one of ‘the’ chocolate experiences.
Holdsworth Chocolates was born.
Genevieve & Barbara Holdsworth
By now people could enjoy buying Holdsworth Chocolates in many of Britain’s finest department stores and food halls. These included John Lewis, Harrods, Selfridges, Lewis & Cooper and Chatsworth House.
Having created Holdsworth Chocolates and worked hard for almost 20 years to build a quality premium brand, it was time for mum Barbara to relax and take a back seat, the page of history was written and the next chapter in the Holdsworth story, was about to begin.
Hand enrobing the truffles
Demand for authentic handmade british chocolates in beautiful boxes increased strongly. Holdsworth Chocolates was gaining a greater appreciation locally and throughtout the UK. Also at this time we started exporting globally and in order to manage this growth Holdsworth moved in to a new purpose built facility located in Bakewell which is in the heart of the Peak District National Park.
The extra space means that our team of fantastic chocolatiers can grow too, and it’s extremely rewarding for us to be able to employ and train more local people.
Truly Scrumptious Marc De Champange Truffles
Our making process has changed very little and although Barbara retired years ago, her spirit and passion for creating beautiful hand crafted chocolates, using the best of everything, still runs through the heart of everything we do.
We use only the finest ingredients, sourced both locally and from around the world, to create unique chocolate experiences that deliver truly sensational flavours, tastes and textures. This has led to great reviews across multiple platforms including Google. We take reviews seriously as they provide excellent feedback and insights into what is in demand. Reviews also provide vital details on trendy flavours or what is important to our customers.
The perfect gift
Our dedicated packing team then carefully hand-pick and pack our collections into beautifully made designer boxes, before they are dispatched. Delivering the authentic handmade British chocolate experience to customers around the country and, increasingly, the world.
Ultimately the passion to make and deliver a wonderful experience in the form of Chocolate is what continues to drive the Holdsworth team. Spreading happiness with gifts and treats is the heartbeat of everything we do, hopefully you will enjoy these beautiful chocolates.