About Us

Who are We?

Inspired Chocolate are an Artisan chocolate maker, handcrafting fine chocolates in our Chocolate Factory nestled  in the Yorkshire Dales on the outskirts of Leyburn. We make fancy chocolates and truffles, chocolate bars, even chocolate shoes! 

We have also recently opened our first shop in Darlington offering our delicious chocolate range and gifts together with take away barista coffees, hot chocolates and Brymor Ice-Cream.

Our Chocolate can be  bought from our website, Factory and Darlington shop as well as selected 3rd party independent shops.  However, you will never find our Chocolates in the supermarkets I am afraid.

Great British Chocolate

Our Milk, White and Dark Chocolate is made in England with the White and Milk Chocolate also containing 100% British milk, so when buying from us you really are supporting Britain, its farmers and small business.

Better yet, the cocoa is 100% sustainable and traceable, supporting the Cocoa Horizons Program so you can be confident that your purchase is

1. Supporting Coca Farmers and their families

2. Sustainably produced

3. The highest quality Cocoa

4. Supporting Britain


2001 - The Little Chocolate Shop is Born

In the wake of a Foot and Mouth outbreak, a little cafe in the Mill buildings at Aysgarth falls had no visitors, so thanks to the vision of Clair Gardiner, chocolates started to be made in the basement and the Little Chocolate Shop was born.

2004 - Relocation to Leyburn

From humble beginnings, the Little Chocolate Shop outgrew the premises at Aysgarth Falls and relocated to a larger premises on the High Street.

2006 - Purpose Built Premises 

Growth and success continued and in 2006, The Little Chocolate Shop still under the stewardship of Claire Gardiner moved to a brand new purpose built factory on Leyburn Business Park with a dedicated chocolate room and sweet kitchen enabling visitors to view the whole process.

2012 Founder Claire is ready for a rest

Following a lot of hard work establishing the business, founder Claire was ready for a rest and so the mantle was taken up by chocolate makers Jim and Lorraine Hogg whom also introduced a café and workshops.

2017 Richard and Yvonne Warne take the reins

Having steered the helm for 5 years, Jim and Lorraine wished to retire and in March 2017, Richard and Yvonne Warne (us), whom had a year earlier started a Hamper business took ownership.

2017 Inspired Chocolate

After a factory refit,  we rebranded to Inspired Chocolate reflecting our approach to artisan chocolate making. A new dedicated workshop area was built providing excellent facilities for holding chocolate making activities and parties. Substantial investment was also made in facilities across the factory in order to ensure exemplary standards.