Sheffield firm creates history by making 23 carat gold chocolate bars for The Royal Mint

An award-winning Sheffield company has made history by helping The Royal Mint to produce its first ever chocolate bars containing real gold.

Wednesday, 10th June 2020, 3:52 pm
Updated Friday, 12th June 2020, 11:39 am

Bullion Craft Chocolate, which creates luxury treats from cocoa beans at its factory in Neepsend, has teamed up with the Government-owned coin supplier to offer a luxury gift box that features three bars of chocolate decorated with 23 carat edible gold leaf.

Chocolate, The Royal Mint said, has been ‘a symbol of luxury and wealth throughout its history’ – and the new range takes this idea ‘one step further’.

“The cacao beans are selected in Santo Domingo, in the heart of Ecuador, and only the finest beans are chosen for our bars,” said the mint. “Once in the UK, the beans are roasted, cracked, winnowed, refined, conched, aged, tempered, moulded, and finally enclosed in stylish packaging.”

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The £29.99 gift box includes two bars of milk chocolate and one of dark, each weighing 63 grams with a cocoa content of at least 50 per cent.

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“The tasting notes of the fine dark chocolate bar are a gorgeous blend of hazelnut, caramel, and dried fig, for those with a taste for the finer things,” said The Royal Mint.

“If you have a sweeter tooth, then the fine milk chocolate bar with its roasted nuts, butterscotch and vanilla notes is just right for you.”

Max Scotford, of Bullion Craft Chocolate.

Bullion was launched by Max Scotford, from Dronfield, in 2016. Max, 26, trained to be a chef at Sheffield College, where he fell in love with the idea of being a chocolatier. He started a food blog while studying events management at Hallam University, and made chocolate at home as a hobby – researching the ancient Mayans, who valued cocoa beans more than gold, led to the name Bullion.

The firm’s products have since been stocked in Harvey Nichols, were featured in style bible Vogue and have won prizes at the Academy of Chocolate Awards.

The Royal Mint, meanwhile, can trace its history back more than 1,000 years and has its headquarters in South Wales.

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Bullion's chocolate bars for The Royal Mint. Picture: Bullion/The Royal Mint.

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