With humble beginnings, we started out with basic equipment in the kitchen of our tiny cottage in very rural North Clare. In the era before ‘Bean To Bar’ was even a concept for tiny artisan chocolate makers deciding to work with the best available beautiful Belgian couverture chocolate was an easy one.
In teaching ourselves how to make chocolate in the early years we quickly came to understand the environmental sensitivities of chocolate and all its wilde moods. During the twenty or so years since we started our wilde journey we have developed our chocolate making skills as well as increasingly diversifying our flavour range. And even though we improved our production methods along with a few upgrades in premises, we are still handmade with a product range that’s proudly experimental.
Based in Tuamgraney, Co. Clare, our expert “Wilde Bunch” of in-house trained chocolate makers takes care of chocolate production and testing, packaging, design, social media and tours. We have also just opened a Hot Chocolate Café & Coffee Dock at the Chocolate Factory!
Patricia Farrell and her husband Con live in Tuamgraney, Co. Clare, with their son and daughter. Originally from Ringsend, Dublin, Patricia and fellow Dub Con moved to the Burren after completing degrees in UCD in the early 90’s. Both working in the tourism industry, Con was passionate about starting their own small business. And, a self-confessed chocolate addict all her life, creating Wilde Irish Chocolates enabled Patricia to take her childhood dream of owning a chocolate shop that step further!
Initially seeing a gap in the market for high-quality “non-leprechauny” food souvenirs for tourists seeking out “a taste of Ireland”, Wilde Irish Chocolates understood the food tourism concept before it even existed. Spurred on by the possibilities of limitless chocolate concoctions, inventiveness and playfulness has resulted in the unrivalled chocolatey range you see here today.