Gone away is the purple hue we’ve all grown up knowing when it comes to the Thornton’s brand as we welcome in crisp cream, gorgeous golds and chocolate browns. A cosier, warmer, more luxurious look and feel ties it all together at the new store refurb at inTU Derby.
Approaching the Craftery upon entering the store, you’re greeted with shards of white, milk and dark chocolate topped with unique flavourings, all handmade in-store by expertly skilled chocolatiers; currently offering flavours of fall and our festive favourites, they change with the seasons and remain on trend with what’s hot all the way through the year.
Close by are the stunning stacked shelves, bearing gift-wrapped boxes of their signature classics and of course, the continental selection. Boxes of sole dark chocolates for those who enjoy the bitterness, white chocolates for those who prefer a sweeter, creamier texture and milk chocolates for those who can’t quite choose between the two – not forgetting the variety boxes and bags of terrific truffles. I’ve got my eye on one of the chocolate advent calendars currently taking centre stage in the store…
Something else that is available at all times is chocolate personalisation – to add that little something extra to your purchases – be it a new baby, a thank you or just because, you can #PassTheLoveOn here instore. It’s super quick too and iced there and then so you can take it away with you.
Opposite, my favourite area, the Shake & Sundae station – offering ice cold shakes and sundaes made using the ingredients and flavours found within their continental selection, making a classic contemporary and taking on the ‘freakshake’ trend.
Towards the rear of the store, a sensational seating area laden with white leather plush sofa’s and dark chocolate brown wooden tables with a perfectly positioned hot chocolate bar and designated dessert area. I’d recommend the classic hot chocolate, made using their continental chocolates, adding in cocoa powder for a richer, thicker concoction, topped with cream and of course, chocolate sprinkles.
This goes down a treat with the desserts, my personal favourite, the Alpini cake although a close second was the Seville Caramel Cheesecake – a light mousse with a pack-a-punch flavour of orange, soothed with the silkiness of the caramel. Or, if you’re in the mood to try something new (especially when they’re only £2.90 a pop) the Chocolate Cappuccino cake is a lovely little pick me up – not to strong or bitter but still providing a rich flavour. But don’t worry – Thornton’s even have you covered if you don’t have a sweet tooth, offering Eggs Benedict for breakfast and toasties or filled sandwiches for lunch. It’s the perfect place to stop for a bite to eat and a little bit of luxury at lunchtime to break up the shopping.
This store has plenty more to give over the coming months and of course, in the run up to Christmas, I’ve got a feeling it’s going to be a popular choice for present-buyers and chocolate-lovers alike to enjoy. Watch this space, but in the meantime, go ahead and visit and #PassTheLoveOn.