Chocolate Factory & Shop

Our Chocolate Factory

Hazel Mountain Chocolate, our boutique bean to bar chocolate factory and shop in the Burren Mountains is one of the smallest and most remote chocolate factories in the world. We make our chocolate in very small batches using direct traded rare Trinitario, Criollo cacao beans and raw cane sugar for our dark chocolate and Irish milk from grass-fed cows in our milk chocolate delivering you the finest, purest and multi-award* winning chocolate.

Our team of chocolate makers begin by hand roasting, cracking and winnowing cacao beans before stone grinding it for 40 hours. We then age our chocolate for further 3 weeks before our chocolatiers create our award winning range of bean to bar chocolates. You can’t just rush the process of making the world’s best chocolate. 

Kasha Connolly - Head Chocolatier



* Since opening in February 2014 Hazel Mountain Chocolate has been a resounding success. Some of our most recent awards include:

  • May 2014 - voted 10 foodie destinations in Ireland by the Irish Examiner
  • April 2014 - front cover story for Irish Country Living Magazine
  • August 2014 - cover story for You Magazine, UK
  • November 2014 - feature on RTE Nationwide TV
  • January 2015 - feature on the Holiday Show TV3
  • February 2015 - cooking with chocolate demo live The Today Show RTE1 TV
  • March 2015 - feature on Good Things Magazine, UK
  • April 2015 - radio interview on Dermot & Dave Show Today FM
  • May 2015 - acclaimed a “state of the art bean to bar chocolate factory” by the The Irish Times
  • June 2015 - front cover story in Connaght Tribune
  • July 2015 - cover story for Cara Magazine
  • July 2015 - series of chocolate recipes for the Irish Country Living Magazine
  • July 2015 - front cover story in The Sunday Times
  • August 2015 - received Bronze in International Chocolate Awards for Venezuelan Chocolate
  • August 2015 - cover story for West Jet Magazine, Canada
  • September 2015 - feature in Saveur Magazine, USA
  • September 2015 - Great Taste Award for Madagascan Chocolate
  • December 2015 - Late Late Show with Nigella Lawson
  • December 2015 - guests of Great Irish Bake Off
  • January 2016 - At Your Service RTE 1
  • February 2016 - Image Magazine
  • August 2017 - participated in VISA add
  • December 2017 - chocolate review Irish Independent
  • January 2018 - Sunday Business Post 
  • March 2018 - Irish Journal feature

Bean to Bar Shed & Tasting Room

Discover how bean to bar chocolate is really made with a guided tour from one of our head chocolate makers.  Your 45 minute tour will take you through all the stages of our chocolate making, followed by a tasting session. Tours available Saturday & Sunday at 1pm. Cost €15 per person, €10 children (unsuitable for children under 12yrs)

Group bookings essential! email


Jobs at Hazel Mountain Chocolate

Hazel Mountain Chocolate is growing! We’re always scouting for hard-working, motivated chocolate enthusiasts.

Discover jobs that are currently available


Shop & Factory Opening Times:

Monday - Sunday 10am - 5pm 


County Clare

8 minute drive from Kinvara & 35 minute drive from Galway City


Galway Shop Opening Times:

Monday - Sunday 10am - 6.30pm


9 Middle Street

Galway City



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