This month is all about Love for us here at Neom as we celebrate the release of our limited edition Love Home Candle. Working behind the scenes at luxury British chocolatiers Charbonnel et Walker, Melissa Braithwaite gives us the lowdown on chocolate history, the Queen and why we love to give chocolates to our loved ones.


How did Charbonnel et Walker start out?

Founded in 1875, Charbonnel et Walker is one of Britain’s earliest chocolatiers. Encouraged by Edward VII, (then the Prince of Wales), our company first formed as a partnership between Mrs Walker and Mme. Charbonnel, the latter from the Maison Boissier chocolate house in Paris. Our original shop opened at 173 New Bond Street in Mayfair and has remained in Bond Street ever since.


You make chocolate wedding favours and heart-shaped boxes – why do you think chocolate has become so associated with love?

Because chocolate is something which everyone enjoys, indulges in and shares.


Where do you draw inspiration from for new chocolates?

Our inspiration is driven by trends in the market.


You must be proud that Charbonnel et Walker hold the Royal Warrant to make chocolates for Her Majesty the Queen – can you tell us which chocolates are her favourite?

Yes, we are very proud to hold a Royal Warrant. Her Majesty the Queen enjoys all our chocolates and does have her own favourites, however it is not protocol to divulge her exact favourites.


Can you reveal any new products you’re working on for 2014?

We can indeed… we have some delicious new Dark Sea Salt Caramel Truffles and Raspberry Marc de Champagne Truffles launching later this year. Keep your eyes, ears and taste buds at the ready!


Be honest, do you eat chocolate outside of work or are you sick of the sight of it?!

One can never have enough chocolate in their life… but I do tend to indulge whilst in the office to keep me going through the day and what better way than to have some of the finest chocolates from around the world at your fingertips! It would be rude not to!