Honest Chocolate is not that hang you go to every day. It is a treat. A visit to Honest Chocolate is full of cocoa decadence that fills every corner of the room. This local Cape Town cafe on Wale Street is the best indulgence in the city.
You notice it when you first step into the shop. Your nose picks up traces of chocolate, coffee beans and melting cocoa. The air is thick with it. Then it becomes a feast for your eyes. The room is full of delectable homemade chocolate treats that deck the interior of this quirky cafe.
I feel like a little kid. I am dizzy with choices. There are little drops of chocolate, chocolate cake, chocolate cheesecake, brownies and even sweet potato delights. Not to mention the homemade hot chocolate!
This story starts out as most stories do: with a bit of experimentation. Anthony Grid was fooling around in the kitchen to make raw cocoa treats for himself (and friends) when he stumbled onto this winning recipe. Michael de Klerk, co-founder, was also playing around with chocolate in London. When he returned to Cape Town, these two joined forces to build one of South Africa’s most recognised chocolate brands.
This artisanal chocolate company believes in keeping things handmade and as local as possible. And you can taste it. Every little drop of chocolate is rich and layered in their love for the craft. Their carefully handcrafted chocolate decorate the interior of their vintage shop.
“Everything about their chocolate is honest, from the eco-friendly wrapping paper to the low-GI Agave nectar they use instead of sugar.”
“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” Charles M. Schulz
This saying is so true. The few times I have popped into this little cafe have been I have been in need of a hug. I am reminded of the film ‘Chocolat‘ (2000) with Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp. And Joanne Harris got it right: happiness is found in a simple glass of hot chocolate. “Bitter. Sweet. Alive.”
I found love in a cup. Honest Chocolate has the most delectable hot chocolate. They even offer to spice it up for you. I’ve tried the warm, Mexican mix that is full of spices; and the more mild cinnamon blend. The thick liquid is a rich treat in itself – so I would recommend sharing.
The chocolate cake is also a divine experience. Rich, full, and fresh, the chocolate melts into your mouth. It is best coupled with a flat white to take the edge off the sweetness and compliments it perfectly.