We are so thrilled and honored to be included in this year’s McKennas Guide, as part of a small group of food producers listed as ‘best in Ireland 2016’ – thank you John & Sally for such a great review, being considered a radical in this crazy food industry is to me the greatest compliment!!! (See full review here)
Alison Roberts is one of that tiny handful of people in Ireland who are changing the world.
Ms Roberts is doing this by revealing to people exactly what chocolate is. Clonakilty Chocolate is showing people that chocolate is a cooking tool, a narcotic, a sublime pleasure, and a tool of good health. In other words, Clonakilty Chocolate is the opposite of what Irish people understand chocolate to be. Being a disrupter like this – a real disrupter – suits Ms Robert’s personality, for she is someone who is simply radical: she has radicalism like other people have freckles, or green eyes. And her quest links her to the other great disruptors of Ireland’s artisan food culture – the farmhouse cheesemakers, the sourdough bread bakers, the craft brewers, the coffee roasters, the rare breed animal specialists – in that she opens our eyes, she helps us to understand that bean to bar chocolate represents not just a food product, but a civilisation, a history, a culture, a way of thinking.
All that from a bar of chocolate?
Yes. All that, and a narcotic deliciousness that is not to be found in any other food.
Clonakilty Chocolate: they do radical.