Chocolate company Baron Hasselhoff’s was founded in 2012 in Golden Bay by Clayton McErlane, who originally crafted various kinds of sweets, before moving to Wellington in 2016 and focusing on specialty bean-to-bar chocolate from 2019.
It's now made on Adelaide Road in Berhampore, inside a 12-seat cafe and shop. You can cosy up and witness the chocolate being made in front of you, in the process discovering some new treats that push the boundaries of what chocolate can be.
Alongside the bonbons and bean-to-bar creations, there’s a range of single-origin drinks including hot chocolate that’s made from scratch on-site, pour-over coffee from neighbouring Rich Coffee Roasters, and sugar-free cacao tea.
In the cabinet there are freshly baked chocolate-chip cookies, decadent s’mores (complete with house-made marshmallows), and flights of single-origin chocolate mousse, which feature three revolving dark chocolates made with rare, heirloom cacao beans.
Baron Hasselhoff’s chocolate is crafted from some of the highest-quality cacao beans in the world, and the resulting spectrum of flavour notes goes far beyond the traditional flavour that you find in mass-produced chocolate. This isn’t just a place to find exceptional treats – it’s somewhere to develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of chocolate, where you can truly connect with the ingredients and the process.
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