Harry Specters are a Chocolatier based in Ely, run by Mona, Shaz and their son Ash, who has autism.
I know the word ‘chocolate’ probably caught your eye, but this isn’t any old Chocolatier, there is a brilliant story behind them.
While visiting a chocolate shop on a holiday in Scotland in 2011, Mona discovered a perfect way of combining her passion for creating positive change for people with autism with her love for chocolate and the rest is history!
What I think is really amazing is their dedication and support towards getting young people with Autism into employment. This has helped hundreds of young people with Autism to have a brighter future whilst building their confidence and providing free training along the way. For every £1 of profit made at Harry Specters, 60p is set aside for furthering the social aims of the business, providing social activities for their invaluable employees as well as opportunities for their personal development.
“We use only the finest-grade chocolate, ethically sourced from sustainably grown cocoa. From the dairy cream to the succulent fruits used in our selection of fruity chocolates, all ingredients are fresh and locally sourced whenever possible.
Finally, our chocolates are gluten free and free from artificial flavours and preservatives. They are made to order so you can taste the burst of real flavours in every bite.”
It’s no wonder they’ve won 22 Awards in just 4 years!
I was very kindly sent a box of “Desire” chocolates, which are on sale at £20. Great value for a mouth watering selection of chocolates.
The packaging of the box is really lovely and inside contains 16 chocolates and a mini guide to the chocolates in the box. The thing that immediately stands out when you open this box is the presentation. The detail and design of each individual chocolate is incredible and they are so hard to resist as they look so delicious.
My favourite chocolates from the box were Sea Salt Caramel, Mint and Banana Caramel. These were divine and there is such a good selection in the box. It’s clear with their flavours and presentation that they put that extra imagination into their chocolates.
There is a huge selection of chocolate available to buy, ranging from slabs of chocolate (£3.50) to various sized selection boxes such as Fine Nine (£9). They even do truffles too (£19.95) which look delicious. Or, if you are feeling like a night in with a movie then there’s always the Ultimate selection box for £40.
They also have a fantastic range of Christmas chocolate for the festive season which would make great gifts or presents for teachers at the end of term.
So if you’re looking for a gift, or maybe just some Chocolates to enjoy at home, please support an independent Chocolatier like Harry Specter’s. Not only do they produce amazing chocolates but they are doing a fantastic job at supporting young people with autism, as well as being a role model for other businesses, individuals and entrepreneurs.
If you just fancy envying at the huge amount of chocolate they produce then take a look at their Instagram feed. Just looking through it is enough to make your mouth water!
So go on, treat yourself and get your chocolate tasting buds out…
*I was not financially compensated for this post. I was very kindly sent a box of chocolates to sample and review. This review is based on my own honest opinion and experience*