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OUR HISTORY

The great actress Ellen Terry was passionate about Charbonnel et Walker chocolates alongside twentieth century famous customers including Virginia Woolf, Noel Coward, Wallis Simpson, and Cary Grant. Journalists too have long been interested in Charbonnel et Walker, one of the earliest being Oscar Wilde. In 1890, as the short-lived editor of The Woman’s World, he wrote: “e Maison Charbonnel is one of the oldest ministrants to the taste for sweets, and upon their counters will be found the latest dainties from Paris...” In 1881, passionate horseman and head of the banking house, Leopold de Rothschild, married Marie Perugia in London. Amongst the guests was his friend HRH The Prince of Wales. Each guest was presented with a white satin bag, embroidered with ‘Leopold et Marie’, containing our choicest bonbons. Today we are proud and privileged to hold the Royal Warrant as chocolate manufacturers to Her Majesty The Queen, a highly regarded mark of honour bestowed on individuals or companies who have supplied goods or services to the British Royal Family for at least 5 years. Charbonnel et Walker chocolates and truffles are hand-made to traditional recipes, using only the finest ingredients. We are particularly known for our dark chocolate, made from the finest dark couverture. The result is a decadently rich taste and an unforgettable experience.

Established in 1875, Charbonnel et Walker is Britain’s first luxury chocolatier.

Encouraged by Edward V11, (then the Prince of Wales), our company first formed as a partnership between Mrs Walker and Mme Charbonnel, the latter from the esteemed Maison Boissier chocolate house in Paris. Charbonnel et Walker quickly became established as innovators in the world of chocolate, and the packaging in which they came. One correspondent commented in the 1890s, ‘eir sweet boxes are real bijoux, and when the bonbonniere is empty of its sweet contents, the box will form either a jewel casket, or a handkerchief box, etc., and is always a little gem of artistic work.’

The rich heritage of Charbonnel et Walker weaves together a magnificent patronage of colourful characters, from Royalty and Aristocracy to Socialites and Screen Legends.

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