Meet The Chocolatier
Jules James, born in Crickhowell, but brought up in Canada, travelled the world twice, Professional Drummer, Master Scuba Diving Instructor, Executive Chef, Patissiere and Master Chocolatier.....what can't he do!
Meet Black Mountain Gold
The delights of Black Mountain Gold Designer Chocolate have been enjoyed by Nick Clegg during a visit to Crickhowell, when he took part in one of their wonderful Making and Tasting Chocolate Course, as well as making beautiful handmade creations for Corporate Events, Wedding Functions etc and have made chocolates for BBC Wales, ITV Wales, The Great British Bake Off and many more. They have now just expanded into new premises in the High Street, Crickhowell where Jules, and his partner, Kathy Newman, produce and retail Artisan Handmade Chocolates via their Luxury Welsh Chocolate Boutique, where you can watch Jules, the Master Chocolatier, hard at work.
Jules said “I always loved chocolate and after conducting a feasibility study, decided that creating an Artisan chocolate retail business could provide a living and fulfil my passion for chocolate. I love working with high quality chocolate and am one of only a handful of “Master Chocolatiers” in the UK. Everything is handmade on site from luxury truffles and Award Winning caramels, boxed collections for special occasions to individual Dragon Bars and our new Bean 2 Bar made with coconut sugar for a natural caramel taste. The new outlet allows visitors to actually watch me making the chocolate creations while they browse, and a Chocolate Tasting and Making Workshop is a must"!
“Jules is a great example of someone using their expertise and passion to create a viable business. I must confess that visiting Jules and Kathy in their chocolate shop is one of my favourite appointments as they never fail to deliver a new truffle or sample to delight the taste buds!" The new location of their luxury shop looks great from a retailing perspective and has even added a small café, serving wonderful hot chocolates to generate additional revenue and allow the business to expand and become a valuable addition to the local business community.”
Jules continues “I’m passionate about chocolate, and my brand of producing individual handmade chocolate from our luxury shop in Crickhowell. The vision is to continue to build a loyal and strong customer base and open additional Black Mountain Gold Chocolate shops across Wales and the rest of the UK, whereby customers come as much for the experience, choice and service as well as the fantastic product. I would encourage anyone who is a fan of chocolate to call in for a sample and view up close and personal how we make such a fantastic product.”