Looking for a special gift? Say it with chocolates! Here are some of the best chocolates in Singapore for gifting, from bean-to-bar creations to chocolate truffle gift boxes
If you ask us, every day of the year is the right time for chocolate. But all chocolates are not created equal; supermarket chocolate brands might be ok to satiate a late-night craving, but when it comes to Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, and Christmas it’s worth stepping up your game for one of the following artisanal chocolate brands (partners take note!). From limited-edition bonbons to chocolate truffles and much more – here’s the best of the best, when it comes to high-end chocolates! And best of all, most of these gourmet chocolate brands offer online ordering – so no excuses!
Our fave chocolate brands for gifting:
Lemuel Chocolate is a bean-to-bar chocolate house with humble beginnings. The founder, Ronald Ng, has been in love with chocolate all his life and finally opened his own small-batch chocolate workshop in August 2017 (and even got his teen daughters involved!). Lemuel Chocolate sources and imports quality cacao beans from cacao farmers and reputable cacao agents around the world. They then manually and carefully sort, roast, crack, winnow and grind them into the individual uniquely delicious chocolate. From single-origin chocolate bars to special chocolate gift boxes and bon bons, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Mr Bucket Chocolaterie
Specialising in housemade artisanal chocolate bon bons and treats, Mr. Bucket uses cacao sourced only within Asia – from family-run cacao farms in Malacca, Malaysia to a cacao plantation in the foothills of the Anamalai Hills in India. Inspired by Roald Dahl’s novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Mr. Bucket conveys its own interpretation of the story through its artisanal chocolate bon bons. Exciting chocolate bon bon flavours include Salted Egg Yolk, Double Soy Caramel, and boozy Mulled Wine. Yum! We love the newly opened chocolate ‘factory’ and cafe in Dempsey too – you can customize your own slab of chocolate here.
Fossa Chocolate is a local, artisanal bean-to-bar luxury chocolate maker that roasts, cracks and winnows cacao beans and refines them into chocolates right in their very own workshop. Each small batch of chocolate is lovingly handcrafted and totally free of additives. Bonus points for working directly with cacao farmers to source only the highest quality beans, too: we love that some of their exquisite chocolate bars showcase ingredients from nearby farms in Indonesia and the Philippines. Why gift flowers when you can give an oh-so pretty Lychee Rose Dark Milk Chocolate Bar ($12)? And if you can’t decide, we suggest going for the 6-bar Mixed Chocolate Gift Set ($66). If you’re after something really special, they do chocolate customisations too.
This artisanal chocolatier has everything from Dark Chocolate Raspberry Hearts and Mayan Chili Bonbons to Lemongrass Coconut Truffles and Lemon Pistachio Bonbons for those who prefer slightly fruitier sweets and chocolates. Everything’s made with Belgian couverture and no preservatives. We love Anjali’s beautiful packaging, and how they seem to have a new chocolate collection for each and every season and occasion.
What kicked off this luxury chocolate project was a simple tailored recipe of chocolate truffles that surprised friends, family and even the baker herself. Now, Chocolate Anatomy has moved on to developing exciting new chocolate flavours. A very personal and customized experience is offered here, where customers can participate in the chocolate creation process and tailor the choc to suit their palates.
A homegrown brand that’s expanded to 14 locations across the island, Awfully Chocolate is all about the chocolate. We are quite partial to their legendary chocolate cake, but if you’re after gift-worthy chocolates we suggest opting for one of their gorgeous chocolate gift sets or artisanal chocolate truffles.
Chocolate Origin (halal chocolates)
With eight locations sprinkled all over the island, it won’t be hard to get your fix of chocolate cake or truffles from Chocolate Origin! The chocolate truffles come highly recommended for their rich and intense chocolatey flavour. Chocolate Origin is Halal-certified, making them one of the only halal chocolate makers in Singapore.
The Dark Gallery
This boutique dark chocolate café (dark chocolate is the best kind of chocolate, by the way: it’s rich in antioxidant flavanoids and is thought to help prevent heart disease!) serves up a bevvy of handmade, artisanal, single-origin chocolates, all made right on site in their kitchen! We are downright drooling over their artisanal bonbons, particularly flavours like White Chocolate Rose Tea, Early Grey Peppermint, and Toffee Sea Salt (all 66% dark chocolate). And their bean-to-bar craft dark chocolates are equally gorgeous, too! Swing by their two shops to see their full selection of chocolates, macarons and cookies.
So it’s not exactly a homegrown brand, but these luxurious Belgian chocolates have long been synonymous with exquisite confectionary gifting. They always have great gifting options for true chocoholics! Don’t skimp on their ultra-indulgent ice cream cones when you visit.
These just might be the most Instagrammable chocolates in Singapore (and that’s really saying something). As the doyenne of all that is sweet in Singapore (and beyond – she’s going global!), Janice Wong has been named Asia’s best pastry chef and has gained worldwide recognition for her avant-garde, cutting edge creations. Is it odd that we’d almost want to frame their beautiful chocolates?
Läderach is most famous for their delicious large slabs of FrischSchoggi (Fresh Chocolate), handcrafted without additives or preservatives by their artisans in Switzerland. You can get them as a bundle of curated flavours in one packet, or check out their pralines, truffles or beautiful gift boxes.
Laurent Bernard Chocolatier
Laurent Bernard is a French artisan chocolatier who opened his first café in Singapore in 2006 after 20 years of culinary experience. Laurent’s Café (located along the river in the charming Robertson Quay) quickly became famous for its chocolate soufflé and hot chocolate, and now his menu boasts everything from gourmet treats like macarons and chocolate truffles to mouthwatering cakes for any occasion.
Leela’s Fine Chocolates
We love the story behind Leela’s, which was started by an Irish chocaholic lawyer-turned-chocolatier after she arrived in Singapore and missed some of her fave sweets from back home. Using the finest European couverture chocolate and natural ingredients (often sourced locally!), Leela’s puts out a range of delectable truffles categorized into four flavour groups: The Classics, Inventions (Cardamom! Rosemary & Olive Oil!), Alcohol (ooh, Guinness and Frangelico Crunch!), and Asia (Chili, Ginger…even Pineapple Tart). She’s also got a super special range of chocolates just for Valentine’s Day, and offers all sorts of cool chocolate products like lollipops, chocolate bars, even edible footwear!
See’s Candies began when Mary See wanted to share her homemade candy recipes with the world. Today, some of her original recipes – Peanut Brittle, Victoria Toffee, and Chocolate Walnut Fudge – are still well-loved. To add a personal touch, you can customise a box of chocolates and candies for someone special or pick up a pre-packed box if you’re in a pinch!
Hello Chocolate is a multi-label online artisanal chocolate shop offering a wide range of chocolates from all over the world. They even have vegan, sugar-free and halal-friendly chocolate! You can count on their same day chocolate delivery (just order before 10am) to satisfy those chocolate cravings stat.
ROYCE’ was founded in Sapporo in 1983, and now makes chocolate of world-class quality in Hokkaido. They’ve got everything from cookies to chocolate truffles to pure chocolate and even chocolate-covered chips (don’t knock it till you try it! Seriously, they’re so good).
If you’re looking for a more affordable chocolate option, then check out Candy Empire and Choco Express to get a box of chocolates or sweet treats for your loved ones. With a wide range of chocolate brands and candies like Baileys Truffle Selection or Lindt Swiss Luxury Chocolate, you can be sure to find something for everyone here.