Looking for a gift for our 'dairy-free' daughter, we were delighted to find the Chocolate Factory. The owner was most helpful in pointing out the dairy free chocs from the vast array of chocolate goodies. Warning: The fabulous smell of chocolate as you enter these premises will overwhelm all but the strongest will.

— 17 September 2016

Our History

The road to sweet success

The Chocolate Factory was established in 2002 by brothers Gareth and Chris East. From humble beginnings, confirmed chocoholics Gareth and Chris have built a thriving family business offering luxury handmade chocolates, made using real Belgian chocolate.

Horsing Around

June 2005

The Chocolate Factory launches a special chocolate figure to celebrate the start of Royal Ascot in York. The chocolate racehorse proves a firm favourite with punters.

And The Winner Is…

September 2005

The Chocolate Factory celebrates being selected as a finalist in the Gazette & Herald Business Awards 2005. Gareth and Chris enjoy a taste of the limelight in the Rural Growth Business of The Year category.

Big Brother Is Watching Us

November 2005

The Chocolate Factory is contacted by the makers of hit Channel 4 reality show Big Brother. Gareth and Chris supply a huge range of handmade chocolate figures for contestants to munch on during their time in the house.

The Best Job In The World

April 2006

Chocolatier Gareth bathes in the media spotlight when interviewed for a special feature in the Daily Express newspaper. The weekly ‘Be Happy’ column focuses on lucky people considered to have the best jobs in the world.

It’s Official – Our Chocolate Is Good For You!

February 2007

The Chocolate Factory in Hutton-le-Hole features on BBC3’s You Are What You Eat. The show promotes the positive health benefits associated with eating fine quality dark chocolate.

Chocolate Wishes

February 2010

Gareth and Chris East help best selling author Trisha Ashley research her new book Chocolate Wishes. A story about village artisan chocolate maker Chloe Lyon.

"Found in a very picturesque village this is a chocolate lovers must visit place. The selection and quality of the hand made products is excellent. Well worth adding to your list of places not to be missed. There are also other craft shops and a really good café."

— 4 October 2016

Our chocolates

All our chocolate products are made by hand using the finest ingredients - from the toppings on our inclusion bars to the fresh cream used to make our truffles. We use Belgian chocolate, renowned for its purity, no hydrogenated fats, vegetable oils, artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. All our products are gluten free.

Dark Praline Square

Real hazelnuts blended into perfect praline, encased in thick dark chocolate

Orange Cream

Milk or plain chocolate with a soft fondant centre and the zest of real orange oil

Milk Truffle

Light and creamy truffle wrapped in the finest milk chocolate

White Praline

Real hazelnuts blended into perfect praline, encased in thick white chocolate

Rum Truffle

Classic Rum truffle made with double cream and rum, wrapped in dark and milk chocolate

Baileys Cream

Silky smooth centre blended with Baileys liqueur, finished with a thick coating of milk chocolate

Strawberry Cream

Milk chocolate and soft fondant centre with the sumptuous flavour of real summer strawberries

Praline Log

Real hazelnuts blended into perfect praline, encased in thick milk chocolate

Almond Marzipan

Fine almond marzipan dipped in dark chocolate and topped with almond


Dark chocolate centre laced with amaretto encased in milk and dark chocolate

Apricot and Almond

Creamy smooth centre with succulent apricot pieces, wrapped in milk chocolate with real almond pieces

Southern Comfort

Truffle centre laced with Southern Comfort whisky, encased in milk and white chocolate

Cherry Brandy

Dark chocolate shell concealing double cream, dark chocolate and cherry brandy centre

Coffee Cream

Silky smooth fondant cream blended with fresh roast coffee, dipped in dark or milk chocolate

Cointreau Truffle

Milk and white chocolate encasing a soft truffle centre laced with Cointreau liqueur

Lemon Cream

Cream centre with the sharp tang of freshly squeezed lemon, encased in white chocolate

Caramel Heart

A milk chocolate heart oozing with a creamy soft caramel centre

Rose Cream

Soft fondant cream blended with rose oil, coated in dark chocolate and decorated with real sugared rose petals

Violet Cream

Soft fondant cream blended with violet oil, dipped in dark chocolate and topped with real sugared violet petals

Fruit and Nut

Milk chocolate topped with hazelnut, almond and a sultana

Delicious hand made chocolates, with an impressive selection of flavours. Not cheap, but quality never is. It was quite interesting watching the chocolates being made in the shop. And yes, we just had to buy some.... Mmmmm.

17 August 2016

Contact Us

Do you want to contact us?

Please visit our Hutton-le-Hole store and we would be happy to meet you.
If you are unable to visit the shop in person please write to us at:
The Chocolate Factory
The Workshops
North Yorkshire
YO62 6UA

Alternatively, you can contact us through our Facebook page.

Can we watch the chocolates being made?

Yes, we make all our chocolate products in our Hutton le Hole micro-factory and you are welcome to come in and watch this being done, though no guarantee can be made that chocolates will be made during your visit as production times and dates vary.

Can we support your charity?

We would love to be able to support every charity that asks for our help, though if we did this there would soon be no Chocolate Factory. We have had to be firm over the years and not just give to everybody who asks. We find it much better to concentrate our efforts on one local charity at a time. We are supporting Yorkshire Air Ambulance at this current time, to find out more please visit please www.yorkshireairambulance.org.uk. We are sorry if it sounds mean when we decline your request for help.

Can I order your chocolates over the internet or by mail order?

I’m sorry we don't supply our products online or by mail order.

Do you supply wholesale?

Our chocolates are only available from either of our two retail shops. We do not supply wholesale.

Our Shops

Opening Times Hutton le Hole

March 1st - October 31st
Open Monday to Sunday: 10.30am - 5.00pm
Chocolate Factory
North Yorkshire
YO62 6UA

Hutton-le-Hole is only a short drive from the historic market town of Pickering. The village is just north of Kirkbymoorside, off the A170 between Pickering and Helmsley.

Opening Times Thornton-le-Dale

February 1st - 31st December
Open Monday to Sunday: 10.30am - 5.00pm
The Chocolate Factory
The Forge, The Square
North Yorkshire
YO18 7RN

Thornton-le-Dale is on the southern fringe of the North York Moors National Park. The village is just east of Pickering, on the A170 towards Scarborough.