How to Celebrate World Chocolate Day in the Lake District!

July 7th, 2018 is International Chocolate Day. And if you're anything like us, you'll be drooling at the thought of how you could celebrate!

International Chocolate Day is a globally-celebrated observance that's said to mark the introduction of chocloate to Europe in the 1500s. But more importantly, it's an excuse to eat loads of chocolate...

In the spirit of indulgence, we've created a short list of wonderful places certain to help you cater for the cocoa cravings on July 7th (or indeed, any time you like). 


1. The Famous 1657 Chocolate House (Kendal)

As the name suggests, this 'internationally-renowned haven for chocolate addicts' has been around almost as long as chocolate itself. Found on the edge of Kendal's town centre market square, the Chocolate House offers a wide choice of selections and make-your-own chocolate gift boxes. With its own tea room serving hot chocolate and cakes, it's a great place to take a break from shopping or exploring the town.

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2. Kennedy's Chocolate Factory (Orton)

In the picturesque village of Orton, situated between Kendal and Penrith lies another sweet chocolate shop and coffee shop. Kennedy's has been in business since 1991 as a producer of fine chocolate products. The factory coffee shop features viewing windows overlooking the small production area, where over 100 varieties of chocolates are produced!

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3. Cocoa Bean Co. (Hawkshead)

The Hawkshead franchise of the Cocoa Bean company is a chocolate shop and factory perfectly geared up for kids to craft their own chocolate creations! Self-described as a "unique and interactive experience for children that is truly unforgettable" - the kids get to take home everything they make, as well as their aprons! And on the way to the exit, and through the shop itself you can try and resist their chocolate-dipped ice cream!

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4. Choccobar (Bowness-on-Windermere)

At the time of writing, Choccobar is able to proudly boast the accolade of being Trip Advisor's #1 rated place to eat in Bowness. That's the top place to eat in an area also familiar with luxury dining and michelin stars. Not bad! So in addition to paninis, toasties and Belgian waffles Choccobar serves up thick chocolate by the mugload. From traditional hot chocolate to churros with their famous sauce, a chocolate lover would surely only struggle with which gooey item to try first.

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Are you celebrating International Chocolate Day? Don't forget to try out one of these great places!