Driven by a passion for chocolate and the firm belief that a market existed for premium handcrafted chocolates, Barbara began to blend the best possible ingredients from around the globe to realise her dream. Made to her unique recipes and exacting standards, the result was a range of exquisite, world-class chocolates that quickly acquired a reputation as one of ‘the’ chocolate experiences. Holdsworth Chocolates was born.

Gen & Babs 1


June 2002

By now people could enjoy buying Holdsworth Chocolates in many of Britain’s finest department stores and food halls, including Harrods, Selfridges, Lewis & Cooper and Chatsworth House.

After running the business for 14 years Barbara decided to hand the reigns to her daughter Genevieve, who had already spent 10 years working alongside her mother. The next chapter in the Holdsworth Chocolates story began.

March 2014

Demand for our authentic handmade chocolates and beautiful boxes continues to increase strongly both here at home and around the world. To manage this and future growth we moved in to a new purpose built facility in our hometown of Bakewell in the heart of the Peak District National Park.

The extra space means that our team of fantastic chocolatiers can grow too, and it’s extremely rewarding for us to be able to employ and train more local people.


Still a family run business our values of passion, quality and care remain the driving force behind the Holdsworth Chocolate brand.

We use only the finest ingredients, sourced both locally and from around the world, to create unique chocolate experiences that deliver truly sensational flavours, tastes and textures.

Our making processes have changed little since we started creating chocolates in 1988. It involves the skill and experience of our chocolatiers to mix, form, cut, enrobe and decorate every single one of our delicious confections.

Handmade British Chocolates

Our dedicated packing team then carefully hand-pick and pack our collections into beautifully made designer boxes, before they are dispatched. Delivering the authentic handmade British chocolate experience to customers around the country and, increasingly, the world.

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