Chocolarder's new roaster and factory

by Chocolarder in Porthleven, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 22nd April 2018 we successfully raised £19,062 with 270 supporters in 44 days

To help Cornwall's only bean-to-bar chocolate producer to build a REAL CHOCOLATE factory and cafe! #realchocolatefactory

by Chocolarder in Porthleven, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Thank you for making this dream come true, we are so hugely grateful.

We can't help but look forward to the next big thing and want to stretch for a new piece of equipment we have been dreaming about, and while you guys are making dreams come true, why not?!

A small depositor would allow us to bring our legendary seawater caramel truffles into full production, bring them into our retailer's shops, potentially stop them selling out as quickly as we can make them, and open the doors for more incredible filled chocolates for everyone to enjoy guilt free.


Chocolarder is a very simple concept – one skilled chocolate maker; quality, ethically-sourced ingredients; a from-scratch process with no unnecessary additives; plastic and waste free; and a person-centred approach.

So far it’s worked, even if the reality hasn’t been quite as simple as the concept!

If any of Chocolarder's products have ever touched your tastebuds, you’ll be able to vouch for the incredible difference in flavour and complexity when you experience real chocolate. Chocolate made from the bean to the bar, overseen with attention and care at every stage, using only the very best ingredients and the least amount of them (no soya lecithin here!) to create world-class chocolate.


Chocolarder chocolate can be found on shelves everywhere, from independent farm shops, delis and cafes, to Harrods, Selfridges and Fortnum & Mason, to specialist subscription boxes as far flung as New Zealand, with overseas interest increasing all the time as bean to bar chocolate making becomes better understood.

But at present, Chocolarder still consists of just one man in a cold concrete production space in a Cornish valley…

This man has a big dream though. In his bid to continue championing real chocolate made with uncompromising commitment to ethical and environmental principles, while also retaining everything that makes Chocolarder special, Mike wants to expand his factory space and open it to the world.

He needs your help.


(artist's impression of the new factory)

What Mike hopes to build is not only a warmer factory, but a headquarters from which to create real, lasting and sustainable change in the way we view and consume chocolate. Chocolate doesn’t have to be a guilty pleasure – it doesn’t have to make you fat, doesn’t have to exploit anyone, doesn’t have to harm the environment. This is what he built Chocolarder on – now he’s looking to involve the public and his community and show them how he’s achieving it.

On a more practical level, as well as creating more space to meet demand, this will be a factory where everyone is invited to come and see the action unfold from start to finish. A community hub where all are welcome to stay a while in the café, perhaps participate in a workshop, attend a tour or a tasting and really get to know and understand the ins and outs of one of our most beloved foods. Chocolate is so often bought, gifted and eaten in celebration – let’s celebrate chocolate!


When chocolate is made in the traditional way, it is a beautiful thing to watch. This factory will be one of the few places where you can see the entire bean-to-bar magic happen.

Fittingly, Mike has discovered an antique Victorian cacao roaster currently sitting dusty and unused in a forgotten corner of the world.

Once claimed and lovingly restored, it will sit at the heart of the operation, not only increasing Mike’s roasting capacity but also serving as a reminder that when it comes to our food, traditional simplicity goes a long way towards keeping things real.


We would love your support and are hugely grateful for every penny raised. Please have a look through the rewards below and pledge your support. If you know anyone who would enjoy exclusive Chocolarder rewards, please share this with them too.

Finally, a huge, heartfelt and ever chocolatey THANK YOU!

Feedback from Chocolarder customers:

Carrie Lowe reviewed The Chocolarder5 star

"The honeycomb chocolate is an amazing texture and leaves a sweet aftertaste which I love, but... I have now discovered the Pure White which is heaven!! Very smooth almost caramel like taste and reminds me of the old school favourite caramac but soooooo much better , amazing chocolate and awesome company, definitely getting more of this very soon"

'If serious-looking – and seriously ethical – chocolate is your passion, then the Cornish chocolate maker Chocolarder is the one to know about' - Vogue

'the pride of Cornwall – small batches of imaginative flavour' - The Telegraph

Champion Chocolate Producer 2016 - Good Housekeeping Awards

More information

Please come and find out more about Chocolarder on our social media channels - you'll see what we do and get the latest updates (and thank yous!) or you can email Mike at [email protected]




Plus some recent media coverage from Cornwall Live on our big plans:


Please have a look through the rewards  - there's something great to suit every budget whether it's an exclusive Chocolarder subscription, at £100 per head - Feast Night and chocolate tour at the new factory with Chris Eden (below) or a limited-edition Chocolarder surfboard!


This project offers rewards in return for your donation

£5 or more

10 of 100 claimed

EARLY BIRD hot chocolate

Come into the new factory to be one of the first to enjoy the Chocolarder Bean-to-Bag Drinking Chocolate! Made using cocoa powder pressed on the premises from our own stoneground chocolate, this is hot chocolate for grown-ups! Be the first to try it with this special pre-release reward. Suitable for vegans

£12 or more

THREE Chocolarder chocolate bars

Whether it's an ongoing love affair or your very first taste, there's no better time to indulge in some bean to bar bliss! For this very special Crowdfunder price we'll send you our 3 bestselling bars.

£12 or more

25 of 100 claimed

Box of truffles

If you've never come across our truffles it's probably because they sell out faster than we can make them - but here's your chance! Twelve delicious caramel truffles made with Cornish sea salt enrobed in a shell of our Ashaninka dark chocolate, beautifully presented in a craft box and delivered to your door for a special Crowdfunded price

£25 or more

22 of 100 claimed

Exclusive Chocolarder factory tour

A two- hour comprehensive tour of the premises. You'll hear about, watch, smell and taste the many stages of small batch chocolate making from the farm to the finished bar.

£40 or more

11 of 100 claimed

Ticket to the launch party

A VIP ticket to our launch event held at the factory. The chance to get a first look at the new premises, join us for a hog roast (veggie option available), a drink on us and general celebratory party vibes!

£40 or more

13 of 100 claimed

Hot chocolate & Chocolarder branded mug & flask

Make sure you, or someone you really really like, can have a warm chocolatey brew on hand at all times. We can post this reward to you (UK unless by prior arrangement) - just provide your mailing address!

£50 or more

1 of 100 claimed

Your name on the furniture

A cheap claim to fame - have your name engraved on a piece of our furniture for perpetuity

£50 or more

14 of 50 claimed

£70 of credit for £50 (instore)

£70 to spend in the factory, in the café or on factory experiences. It's basically free chocolate.

£74 or more

9 of 100 claimed

The Chocolarder Collection

The collection of Chocolarder luxury. This special collection includes the entire range of craft chocolate bars, a box of sea salt caramel truffles and our bean-to-bag stoneground Chocolarder drinking chocolate. Every product in the collection is handmade from the raw ingredients by Mike and beautifully packaged and presented.

£100 or more

24 of 25 claimed

Feast night with Michelin-starred chef Chris Eden

A 3 course meal cooked by Chris Eden, Michelin star chef at the Driftwood Hotel. Also included are 3 drinks, a tour and a chocolate tasting with Mike. This is a very special one, don't miss it!

£100 or more

21 of 50 claimed

Chocolarder chocolate- making session for two

A half day group workshop finding out exactly what happens at every stage of the bean to bar chocolate making process. Pour your own bar of chocolate, make some of our legendary sea salt caramel truffles and experiment with different ways of using chocolate in the kitchen.

£100 or more

£150 worth of credit (instore)

Even more free chocolate! A prepaid tab that will keep a chocolate lover happy for as long as it takes them to spend it (in factory/cafe only)

£150 or more

19 of 100 claimed

Exclusive subscription-3 treats a month for a year

A whole year of Chocolarder chocolate. Three exclusive, limited edition Chocolarder products delivered to your door every month for a year. Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate vegan requirements every month

£4,500 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Exclusive use of Chocolarder facilities.

A wedding? A Christmas party? A corporate gathering? Whatever your event, why not hold it somewhere a little bit different? You'll get the opportunity to use the new factory (which is near Porthleven beach) exclusively for a corporate event or party beautifully catered for up to 40 people!

£12 or more

100 of 100 claimed

THREE Chocolarder chocolate bars

Whether it's an ongoing love affair or your very first taste, there's no better time to indulge in some bean to bar bliss! For this very special Crowdfunder price we'll send you our 3 bestselling bars.

£25 or more

50 of 50 claimed

Four limited-edition Chocolarder bars

Four specially-created, not on the market Chocolarder chocolate bars, delivered to your door Mainland UK only unless discussed Suitable for vegans

£1,000 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Name the roaster!

Remember Boaty McBoatface? Be the one to bestow a name upon our beautiful antique Victorian cacao roaster - to be the centerpiece of operations - and join us for the christening and inaugural roast

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