Decadent, delightful and so darn delish. We’re regretting going on a diet right now ‘cos all we can think about is where to get the best artisanal chocolates in Singapore.
These aren’t your ordinary chocolate bars. Upping the ante in flavour, presentation and technique, artisanal chocolates by local makers are truly the best in Singapore. From small-batch cacao creations to a rhapsody of flavours, no two chocolate bars and bonbons are the same. So put aside your pies, donuts and croissants for a sec and indulge in these confectionery treats!
Best artisanal chocolates in Singapore
1. Janice Wong
Janice Wong is no stranger to the culinary world. The award-winning chef pushes boundaries in the confectionery scene with bold flavours and innovative cooking techniques. The result? Tasty works of art. Don’t be fooled by the fun, vibrant designs. Bonbon creations like chilli padi, kaffir lime caramel, BBQ bak kwa praline and jasmine milk tea will definitely challenge everything you know about chocolate. But wait, there’s more! Edible crayons and paint jars are sure to be a hit with the kids. We’ve seen and tried ‘em ourselves. Let’s just say, our minds were blown.
Janice Wong, multiple locations including Paragon and Raffles City; also available online
2. Lemuel Chocolate
This one’s for serious chocolate lovers. A trip to a popular bean-to-bar confectionery store in Japan is what inspired founders Ronald Ng and Hideki Sakanishi to create their own brand of chocolates. And the rest as they say, is history. Today, Lemuel Chocolate is one of the finest chocolatiers in Singapore, thanks to its attention to quality, flavour and use of sustainable cocoa beans from around the world. Every single-origin chocolate bar and bonbon set is packaged beautifully so there’s no need to worry about wrapping your gift.
Lemuel Chocolate, available online
3. Fossa Chocolate
One of the first names that come to mind when we think about local chocolatiers is Fossa Chocolate. From roasting, cracking and winnowing the cacao beans to refining ‘em into chocolate to moulding and tempering, everything is done by hand at a workshop in Singapore. They continue to surprise us with cutting edge collections – from earthy tea chocolate to spicy mala (say what?) to salted egg cereal. The chocolate bars are filled with levels of flavour and the packaging is next level. In fact, you can customise your own for special events.
Fossa Chocolate, available online
4. Mr Bucket
Looking like little drops of heaven, Mr Bucket’s range of bonbons, chocolate bars, and chocolate liqueur will send you to your happy place. Using sustainably sourced cacao from Asia, these artisanal pieces are made in myriad flavours we know and love. The build-your-own chocolate box allows you to taste a little bit of everything. Select up to 12 melt-in-your-mouth fantastic flavours. We’re looking at golden yay time (inspired by the Aussie ice cream, Golden Gaytime), milk juniper (spiked with Singapore Dry Gin), calamansi surprise and chai caramel.
Mr Bucket, #01-15, 23 Sin Ming Road, Singapore 570023; also available online
Whipping out decadent creations since 2014, Anjalichocolat wows us with a repertoire of unique and classic flavour combos made using Belgian couverture, fresh cream, butter, fruit puree and whole spices. Tease your palate with interesting picks like white chocolate bars with cranberries and pink peppercorns, and Mayan chilli bonbons. Looking for a gift idea? Go for the “From Singapore Lah” box which comes with local flavours like kaya toast, Singapore Sling and teh tarik. Or even better – gift a chocolate-making workshop for the ultimate hands-on experience.
Anjalichocolat, #01-15-16, Block 73, Loewen Road, Singapore 248843, also available online
6. Awfully Chocolate
Sure, we’ve tried its decadent chocolate cakes but did you know that Awfully Chocolate creates handcrafted chocolate bars too? Encased in a sleek tin, the unique creations are free from commercial preservatives, fat substitutes and artificial colouring. No fancy pants flavours here. Just the kind that’ll put a smile on your face. Y’know, like caramel brittle and sea salt, strawberries and cream, and espresso chocolate.
Awfully Chocolate, multiple locations including Ion Orchard and VivoCity; also available online
7. The Dark Gallery
Nothing dark about this chocolatier. Ok, maybe some chocolate. Whet your cravings with single-origin cacao beans from Bali, Dominican Republic, Tanzania and Sur del Lago. You probably know this already but each bean produces different nuances of flavour. The cacao is then jazzed up with miso sesame, rose berry, mocha almond and nut cracker topping for the ultimate flavour pairings. Tempted to craft your own chocolate? You can design your own signature bar right here.
The Dark Gallery, multiple locations including Millenia Walk and Funan; also available online
8. Wimbly Lu
Wimbly Lu is no stranger to delish cafe grub and delightful desserts. Look closer and you’ll find handmade chocolate truffles! If you’re around the Jalan Riang location, don’t forget to get a box of up to 25 pieces. There’s Milo, orange, Baileys, champagne, and rum and raisin amongst the classics.
Wimbly Lu, 15-2 Jalan Riang, Singapore 358987
9. Laurent Bernard Chocolatier
Talk about luxury! Serving up boxes of artisanal chocolate by the minute, Laurent Bernard’s chocolatier is a must-try. Expect intense flavours from Trinidad, Venezuela or the Dominican Republic beautifully made by the French craftsman. Whether you’ve got a soft spot for dark or milk chocolate, truffles, pralines or even cakes and pastry, Laurent Bernard is here to impress.
Laurent Bernard Chocolatier, multiple locations including Robertson Quay; also available online
10. Hello Chocolate
Before you grab your standard go-to tray of chocolates (yes, the one that rhymes with “Merrero Mocher”), why not try something different for a change? Hello Chocolate has a lovely mix of curated artisanal chocolates from around the world, including vegan, raw and halal options. You can also build your own gift hamper or get a lovely curated hamper with different themes.
Hello Chocolate, available online
What happens when a doctor and chocolatier come together to create our favourite confectionery? Sugar-free chocolates, of course. Chocoelf prides itself on creating healthier chocolate options packed with bold Asian flavours. Munch on fresh chocolate truffles and pralines in varieties like ondeh melaka, bandung rose and Earl Grey tarik.
Chocoelf, available at multiple locations including Tangs Plaza and Marina Bay Sands
12. Chocolate Atelier
Want to discover the delicate craft of chocolate making? Sign up for a workshop with chef Reto Marzari, who was the first apprentice at the world-famous Confiserie Bachmann in Switzerland. Learn to make tempered chocolate, ganache, pralines and other chocolate delights. If you’re more interested in the eating department, there’s an assortment of pralines you can purchase.
Chocolate Atelier, #04-01, Loyang Valley, 208 Loyang Avenue, Singapore 509062; also available online
We see you salivating in the corner over there. Go ahead and get a box of artisanal chocolates in Singapore!