Cobden and Brown

Caroline established Cobden + Brown in 2014, at her family home just outside Moira, it is now a successful artisan chocolate business with numerous awards. Here’s Caroline’s story;

“I decided to start making my own chocolates and desserts when my son was diagnosed with coeliac disease. I was keen he should be able to enjoy chocolate like his friends.  So, I looked at chocolates then available in confectioners and supermarkets and found that they all contained gluten. It seemed to me that the only course was to start creating recipes for my own chocolates using ingredients I could trust. I also consulted leading chocolatiers about how to develop a range of luxury products. I then started making my own chocolate treats free from gluten, wheat and eggs.”

She also produced dairy-free dark chocolates. A key feature of Caroline’s chocolates is the absence of any processed ingredients.

“My chocolates are all handmade in small batches to recipes I have developed. This means that chocolate lovers can count on the quality and provenance of all the ingredients in my chocolates. I have total control over the sourcing of ingredients, especially premium cacao, and the entire production process.  We really do believe that no one should have to compromise on taste or flavour regardless of dietary requirements.

We all agree chocolate should be fun so we started the company from scratch working with only the finest ingredients to make delicious artisan chocolate treats to sell at farmers markets throughout Ireland.  However, it wasn’t long before independent shops and deli’s started to enquire and Cobden + Brown hit the shelves.  Our ability to create a luxuriously smooth rich chocolate suitable for everyone to enjoy has earned us Gold stars at the Great Taste Awards in London.”


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