I met Kerry chocalatier Benoit Lorge for the first time at last Saturday’s Midleton Food Festival. You just couldn’t pass the range of tempting creations at his stall. And, when you study his brochure, you realise that this is only a fraction of his portfolio of chocolate goodies.

You can buy singles or boxes (with anything from two to 54 pieces). You can fill a mixed bag, like I did, 10 for €6.00. He also does chocolate bars including an award winning Praline and also Nougat (nice stuff too – I got some in Manning’s Ballylickey two months ago). His truffles - buy by the bag – are multi-awards winners, gold going to the Rum Bitter, the soft Rum and Caramel and also to the Orange and Cointreau.

I had whiskey and rum included in my selection and you may also get Baileys and other liqueurs.  But you may also avoid the
alcohol, picking from Almond Praline, Hazelnut Gianduja, Marzipan Mint and Crunchy Hazelnut for example.

Of course, he does large colourful Easter Eggs and also other novelty shapes such as the Bunny, the Boot and the Santa Claus. It is the most fantastic range and it comes in both cream and dark chocolate, something for everyone.

You don’t have to wait for next year’s Midleton Food Fest to sample Benoit’s fantastic creations. They are on sale at Nash 19 in the city, at the new Markets in Killarney and at his premises in Bonane. For more info and tempting pictures, check here