Skelligs Chocolate Co.

Skelligs Chocolate Co., Ballinskelligs: Hours, Address, Skelligs Chocolate Co. Reviews: 4.5/5

Skelligs Chocolate Co.
4.5
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10:00 - 17:00
Monday
10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday
10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 17:00
Thursday
10:00 - 17:00
Friday
10:00 - 17:00
Saturday
10:00 - 17:00
Sunday
10:00 - 17:00
About
Skelligs Chocolate is a family run business overlooking the magnificent Skelligs Rocks, on the south west coast of Ireland. Our factory opened its doors in 1996, consisting of two little production rooms; one for making chocolate and the other for packaging. The factory has since expanded to a state of the art production facility with adjoining seasonal cafe which serves delicious hot chocolate, tea, coffee and homemade treats. With the only open plan chocolate production facility in Ireland, we encourage you to call in to see our chocolate being made, taste the delicious treats and ask the friendly staff all about where chocolate comes from and how it is made. If you are travelling the Wild Atlantic Way in Kerry make sure to pop in.
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Jessica S
16 contributions
May 2022 • Friends
Wasn’t planning on stopping but came across this on our drive around the ring of Kerry. The free tasting was great and we all left with something. Chocolate was delicious! The hot chocolate was great too. Definitely worth a stop.
Written 22 May 2022
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Rory P D
Leamington Spa, UK1 contribution
Aug 2021
A brilliant factory, with free tasters of their chocolate, a café, a superb sea view and of course chocolate to buy. Seasonal chocolates are in stock at holidays like Easter and Christmas. Unfortunately it's quite expensive, but I'd say some of the products are worth the price.
Written 21 May 2022
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Trudy H
55 contributions
Apr 2022 • Family
Lovely hot chocolate, got some brittle to take home. Expensive but a lovely treat. Very busy when we called with a tour bus.
Written 3 May 2022
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Andrew N
Cork, Ireland100 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
A thoroughly enjoyable experience tasting the various chocolates made on site. It's a pity the smell inside the place can't be bottled.
The staff were very friendly and helpful. Lots of tasty reasonably priced chocolate to choose from after the tour too.
Written 28 April 2022
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JohnMorganDublin
Dublin2 contributions
Apr 2022
I've just cracked open my Skelligs "Deliciously Dark' Easter egg. It measures up to and even exceeds my childhood dreams; A balance of texture and flavours, dark but not bitter, full of taste but not cloying, providing a sense of indulgence but not in any way an excess. PERFECT.
Thank you Skelligs.
Written 17 April 2022
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ClaireTagi
County Tipperary, Ireland40 contributions
Apr 2022 • Friends
I'm going to be honest here, we didn't know we were stopping off at a chocolate factory. We were in desperate need of a toilet and were relieved when we saw the word Cafe on a sign! What a stroke of luck that call of nature turned out to be! After using the impeccably clean toilets we said we'd have a look at the chocolate, and we made a couple of purchases. Afterwards we noticed the tasting area, and who turns down free samples of chocolate?! We were really impressed with the knowledge of the lady giving out the samples, and equally impressed by the sheer quantity of chocolate she was giving us. We definitely had 9 or 10 different ones to try. Discovered then how fantastic the chocolate actually is. Often times the more expensive chocolates can be a little disappointing. Not so here. You can taste the quality of the ingredients that they are using, and I have to say that the price point for the quality you are getting is very good. We ended up going back and buying more chocolate after the tasting. The lady very kindly suggested the best value for money options for the particular flavors we were interested in. No hard sell. No up selling. The Cafe looked lovely, but we were doing both the Ring of Kerry and the Skellig Ring in the one day and couldn't really stay any longer. We will be sure to make time for it in our itinerary on our next trip to the area though. We will also be placing orders online when we get through our current stash of chocolate. What a fantastic accidental find. Well worth stopping by.
Written 15 April 2022
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Polo M
Paris, France486 contributions
Aug 2021
Though in the middle of nowhere, I highly recommend making a stop at this factory and tasting room.
Since it's popular, we waited for about 20 minutes to enter, but it was worth it (and free). You walk briefly through a viewing window to see the chocolate making in action, and then a worker starts a tasting. You get to try about 3-4 pieces of their chocolate while you discuss about the process, the flavor, where they get it from, and all the rest. Afterwards, you can purchase chocolate or pastries at their café.
I recommend the whiskey chocolates, paired with their spicy hot chocolate - it was actually spicy, no kidding but delicious.
Overall, great experience and staff.
Written 21 September 2021
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Hi polomartin8519, thank you for your visit and review. Yes, we are in a beautifully remote location, and thankfully worth the trip, we hope. Unfortunately with the current Covid restrictions (August 2021) still in force it has really slowed down our ability to allow visitors in, we do hope that 2022 will be back to normal . I am delighted to hear that you enjoyed yourself and that you found some favourites too. We look forward to welcoming you back soon, Colm Healy Skelligs Chocolate
Written 26 October 2021
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Tom Franklin
County Mayo, Ireland39 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
Staff very friendly and chatted. All COVID protocols in place. Tasting was very nice with helpful staff. Wide range of home made chocolates.
Written 22 August 2021
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Hi Evan O, thanks for coming to see us and its great to hear you enjoyed your visit. We look forward to welcoming you here again, thanks, Colm
Written 25 August 2021
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MrsPrincess1987
Loughrea, Ireland65 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
Overall we enjoyed our trip to the Skellings chocolate factory and would recommend a visit. The staff were friendly and the sampling a nice experience. We felt social distancing inside was good as they only allow small groups in at a time and we enjoyed our hot chocolates outside on the picnic benches provided. Sanitisation, masks and temp checking are good covid control measures.
However, I did note a previous review regarding social distancing or lack thereof in the queue to get in and given the owners response to this I was disappointed to see that no control measures had been put in place to ameliorate this issue. Simple line markings on the ground to denote the required spacing might help and maybe the girl managing the queue could remind people to distance and wear their masks if possible.
It may also be advisable to have a server wipe down tables in between guests as we didn't witness this to be the case.
In addition I feel the need to note that some people don't feel comfortable raising these issues in person as this requires prolonging the stay so forum's like this can be helpful for making recommendations for change which should be accepted graciously as the recommendations that they are and not an attack on the premises.
We will enjoy our chocolate purchases and wish your business all the best
Written 22 August 2021
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Hi MrsPrincess1987, thank you for taking the time to visit us and for your review. It is great to hear that overall you enjoyed your visit and that while inside was good its regrettable you were disappointed with the way we managed it outside. I thank you for your observations and I appreciate your input. I completely agree that some people don't want to make their comments there and then but we are more than happy to oblige when they do. But I would also comment that I'm not sure going straight to public forums is the answer either. I completely accept that all your feedback is for our betterment and it is taken this way but it is not practical to go into every aspect of a review (as you mentioned the previous one a few down). Everything you have said could have been emailed directly to us? and if we had your phone number I would happily explain why we do what we do. As the owner I take responsibility for all the actions here and would be more than happy to discus this more. All businesses need robust feedback like yours to improve and it makes inhouse training much easier when we can show where something we have not done right impacts on our visitors. Thank you for your closing kind words and I hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in Kerry. Colm Healy Skelligs Chocolate
Written 25 August 2021
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Martina
County Kerry, Ireland2 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
What a fabulous fabulous visit to Skelligs Chocolates with our twin girls. Staff were really friendly and gave us lots of samples. Had a lovely chat with our tasting assistant, such a lady. Place was spotless & very Covid compliant. Chocolate is unreal! You haven't tasted chocolate until their deliciousness melts in your mouth. A definite re-visit planned in the lead up to Easter!!!
Written 21 August 2021
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Hi martinalawless, thanks for taking the time to visit and for your review - much appreciated. I'm delighted your twins enjoyed themselves and we look forward to seeing you next year, Colm Healy Skelligs Chocolate
Written 25 August 2021
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