Honestly It’s Chocolate
The only thing better than chocolate is chocolate that’s been made especially with you in mind!
You may miss it if you aren’t looking, but the whiff of fresh hot chocolate should stop you in your tracks. That’s their signature drink which is brewing: you can get it tall and milky or short and dark, with a dash of Mexican spice or Christmas orange if you’re feeling daring. If you glance up, their gold signage will wink at you from the window, while a glass display case of truffles of varying shapes and sizes gleams temptingly within. Lined up on top of it are a series of political busks, crafted by the local artist Margaret Young, the chocolate carved faces of Jacob Zuma and Julius Malema staring moodily at the door. This is the Honest Chocolate café, located along Cape Town’s bustling Wale Street.
Co-founders Anthony Gird and Michael de Klerk began their delicious endeavour in 2009 in Woodstock Cape Town, with the intention of creating wholesome, healthy treats responsibly. They use cocoa beans sourced ethically from Ecuador, raw and unroasted, along with natural Agave nectar in the place of sugar. Using old fashioned tempering methods to produce small batches of their signature chocolates, theirs is a company who values pure, unique quality when it comes to their products. This is raw, vegan, artisan goodness delivered in the best possible form.
The wood panelled cafe is narrow and cosy and on good weather days their clientele spill onto the pavement outside. Minimalistic, antique décor fills the remaining corners of the cafe, while a small selection of their widely distributed goods are spread across wooden shelves on the wall. Pretty, paper-wrapped slabs featuring the work of selected local artists, rest among squat little jars of velvety chocolate spread.
A monthly bonbon-making workshop takes place at the Woodstock exchange kitchen – where all the magic happens. For only R250 and facilitated by Michael and Anthony themselves, one Saturday a month is devoted to a two hour workshop teaching participants to craft their very own bonbons using traditional methods, and then of course they get to take them home for a little afternoon delight!
The company works within the ethos of quality, raw and organic. For those chocolate connoisseurs who are struggling with the guilt which often lurks between the slabs on the bedside table, fear not! Honest Chocolate’s products are free of preservatives, additives, emulsifiers, dairy and processed sugar. If that’s not as close as you can get to healthy indulgence, I simply don’t know anymore.
We can list more than enough health benefits of raw chocolate to keep you reading for days, but suffice to say that it not only stimulates the release of endorphins from the brain – it makes you happy – it is also packed full of magnesium and anti-oxidants.
Chocolate was once considered the food of the gods and if ever there was a company who truly represented that thinking it would be Honest Chocolate.
Images by: Shae Frank
Contact Honest Chocolate:
Cafe 076 765 8306
Woodstock Exchange Retail Store 021 447 1438
Open: Monday – Thursday: 9am till 6pm
Friday – Saturday: 9am till 9pm
Sunday: 9am till 4pm