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NQ’s BonBon Chocolate Boutique Reviewed

David Blake dunks headfirst in to a charming chocolate emporium

Written by . Published on January 14th 2013.

NQ’s BonBon Chocolate Boutique Reviewed

“AS long as Manchester likes Chocolate, we’ll be here,” explains the delightfully engaging Sharon, Manageress-come-matriarch of NQ’s newest guilty pleasure. Tucked snugly off Thomas Street on John Street (over the road from Oi Polloi), The BonBon Chocolate Boutique, a partnership between NQ favourite Teacup and Joey Collins of Troffel fame, delivers deliciously rich and alluring choco titbits with what can only be described as the most glorious hot chocolate in Manchester.

Oooohhh BoutiqueyOooohhh Boutiquey

With the danger of sounding like a bothersome M&S ad, This is no instantaneous supermarket powder abomination. This is crafted in-house from the finest and much revered Valrhona chocolate. No milk, no boiling water, no artificial anything. Just melted chocolate, a splash of spring water, a sprinkling of sugar and a dusting of cocoa. You can dabble in the flavours of orange, 66% dark or, on Sharon’s own recommendation, salted caramel (all priced at £3.50). Imagine a chocolatey soupy-espresso, not too thick, not too thin. Just rich enough to imply decadence but not so overpowering that you feel like Augustus Gloop drowning in Willy Wonka’s chocolate river.

The salted caramel hot chocolate with a hat-trick of treatsThe salted caramel hot chocolate with a hat-trick of treats

BonBon employs a dark luxurious interior with only two small wooden tables and lamp shades constructed of brown paper bags, quirky. With its intimate interior, welcoming host and charming environment it’s akin to popping round to a continental version of your Nan’s for a cuppa, only instead of stale custard creams there is the exquisite and initially oddly-sounding lemon curd and goat’s cheese truffle (four truffles for £5.60). Which is surprisingly delectable.

The lovely Sharon showcasing BonBon’s scrumptious wares - Perfect for ValentinesSharon showcasing BonBon’s scrumptious wares - Perfect for Valentines

Ikea had really gone back to basicsIkea had really gone back to basics

Lemon and Cheese? Really? Actually… nicccceLemon and Cheese? Really? Actually… nice

Technically employing the now all-too-familiar term ‘pop-up’, Sharon explains that the BonBon venture is essentially an indefinite ‘suck it and see’ concept. Staying open till at least Easter, it is implied that if recent popularity is anything to go by, BonBon should be around for awhile to come. We certainly hope so. BonBon-effort.

9 John Street, Northern Quarter, M4 1EQ.

Tel: 0161 839 4416


Twitter: @bonbon_workshop

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12 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

AnonymousJanuary 14th 2013.

Are the treats included in the price of a cup of hot chocolate?

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David BlakeJanuary 15th 2013.

Afraid not.

The hot chocolate alone is £3.60 and the truffles are £5.60 for 4.


Anna SadokJanuary 14th 2013.

The best chocolate I've ever tasted!

AnonymousJanuary 15th 2013.

You need to try the hot chocolate at Cocoa Cabana on Burton Road, West Didsbury - definite competitor for best hot chocolate in Manchester! Try the one with the surprise...

RobbsyJanuary 15th 2013.

lovely chocolates - went in before xmas and loved the hot choc w/salted caramel too - a lovely addition to the NQ scene!

AnonymousJanuary 15th 2013.

The Kabana next door for the best curry in Manchester followed by a hot chocolate next door. That sounds unhealthily good!!!

Jane PooleJanuary 15th 2013.

The truffles are to die for - I love salted caramels best, but all are yummilicious

AnonymousJanuary 16th 2013.

Let's hear it for the best brownies around too!

Abba AntoniusJanuary 16th 2013.

Pretty much the most amazing hot chocolate I've ever had in my humble existence, and I've had a LOT of hot chocolate.. My new favourite little place in Manchester.

AnonymousFebruary 4th 2013.

service here was snooty and the chocolate is seriously over-rated. it may well be the best in manchester, but that is by default- there's no one else trying! (if you want really good hot chocolate, coco maya in london is amazing.)
this is just another place for northern quarter idiots to pretend to be something they're not.

Penny CloustonFebruary 25th 2013.

Had a pleasant catch up with friends here last Friday and enjoyed the cake, hot chocolate and intimate surroundings. You could only seat 10 people at most in here.

Mark.March 27th 2013.


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