An Anglesey Odyssey
Your regular chocolate blog editor has just returned from holiday on Anglesey, where they came across Halen Mon - (Welsh for Anglesey Salt) as used in Charbonnel et Walkers dusted chocolate sea salt hazelnuts.
Situated next door to their Anglesey Sea Zoo attraction, on the Menai Straits, is Halen Mon where Alison & David Lea-Wilson have been producing world-class sea salt since 1997.
They first realised the quality of the sea salt after their sea zoo's resident sea horses began breeding in the local sea water.
Apparently, these beautiful creatures are notoriously picky about the waters they live and breed in.
Halen Mon sea salt now features on some of the World's finest menu's & is stocked by many high street names.
So it's perhaps not that unusual to see London based chocolatiers, Charbonnel et Walker, continue to combine exceptional ingredients with their range of luxury chocolate truffles and chocolate coated (enrobed) nuts, by incorporating Anglesey Sea Salt.
Like their Sea Salt Hazelnuts. Incredibly moreish, caramelised hazelnuts coated in luxury milk chocolate, containing Anglesey sea salt, before being finally dusted in rich cocoa powder.
Charbonnel et Walker have their own fascinating history (sea-horse free), starting way back in 1875 when Edward Vll (then the Prince of Wales), encouraged Mrs Walker and Mme. Charbonnel from the Maison Boissier chocolate house in Paris, to go into partnership and open their own chocolate shop.
The shop opened in New Bond Street, London, and remains on the same street to this very day. Charbonnel et Walker can now be found in the Royal Arcade on Old Bond Street. (Find our more about Charbonnel et Walker here).
Endorsed by the Royal Warrant as chocolate manufacturers to her Majesty The Queen, who knows, perhaps one day, Halen Mon will enjoy the same Royal warrant?