Chocolate Tasting, Chocolate Making & Chocolate Afternoon Tea – Carlow

What You’ll Do

A tour of The Chocolate Garden of Ireland facilities is suitable for all ages. You’ll learn about the background to cocoa growing, harvesting, processing and its journey to becoming chocolate. You’ll also get to enjoy tastings of different grades of chocolate.

You’ll then get to see a chocolate-making demonstration showing how the company makes different chocolate products. Finally, you’ll get a hands-on chocolate-making session where you make and decorate your very own unique chocolate treat to take home with you.

Then, you will enjoy afternoon tea with scones topped with cream and homemade jam, chocolate brownies and chocolate cakes and Jim and Mary’s award-winning hot chocolate.

What’s Included

A tour of The Chocolate Garden of Ireland facilities

Chocolate making workshop

Afternoon tea

Chocolate Taster’s Certificate

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About Our Member

Established in 2001 by Jim and Mary Healy, The Chocolate Garden of Ireland is an award-winning family business making hand made chocolates, premium ice cream (Tipperary Ice Cream brand) and a wide range of delicious treats. They began making waffles but soon diversified into chocolate making, and in 2008, into making premium ice cream and sorbets.

Their passion for top quality confectionary drives them to perfect the best possible taste. This involves incorporating local ingredients wherever possible. Overwhelmed by the popularity of their chocolates, they soon opened their doors to visitors and today you can experience first-hand their love and passion and, of course, taste their delicious treats. You’ll also get to experience a real, warm local Irish welcome.

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Key Information

All chocolates are gluten-free. Many ice creams are gluten-free and can be swapped for the cakes. Chocolate brownies are available in gluten-free option.

Fully accessible

Retail Outlet within walking distance

Woodland walks within walking distance

Rathgall Hillfort 5-minute drive away

Altamont Gardens 10-minute drive away

Accessible by car/taxi

The nearest town is Tullow, a 5-minute drive, Carlow (larger town) 20-minute drive

Starts at 12.30pm

Available everyday. Not available in December

Suitable for


Take the N80 from Port Laoise to Carlow, passing through Stradbally. On reaching Carlow, follow the signs to Rosslare until you see a turn left for Tullow. Take this turn for Tullow.

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