Dark Sugars is a not-so-hidden gem on Brick Lane in Shoreditch, but it's story started before then. Dark Sugars has had a great migration throughout London, and people have been chasing them all over the city trying to get their hands on the decadent chocolates, truffles, and whimsical hot chocolate drinks they serve up.
Dark Sugars started out selling their West African derived cocoa products in Spitalfields market. The small but rich bites pushed them to seek out a bigger arena to meet the demand, so they soon moved on to the famous Borough market. After years and years of demand, the owner, Nyanga, finally opened up a permanent shop up on Brick Lane and there have been lines out the door ever since.
The lines are about to get even longer as well, as a video of how they make their famous hot chocolates has now gone viral, thanks to the massive piles of chocolate shavings they top each cup with.
Each sweet is delicately adorned to look as great as they taste.
Dark Sugars is most famous for their truffles and miniature chocolates. Each is handcrafted with painstaking detail, and shown off almost as a piece of art. The displays within the store almost make the sweets seem too beautiful to each, perched atop intricate tree formations and placed inside various seashells.
They have many different varieties on chocolates and truffles, ranging from the traditional and expected white, milk, and dark chocolate varieties, ranging to passion fruit, coconut, and rose. You are spoiled for choice when you walk through the door, and it's quite easy to get so caught up in the intricate details and overwhelmingly rich smell of chocolate. I've often fallen victim to grabbing many more than I should or intended to, and I've paid the price. I mean literally paid the price....these chocolates are not exactly the cheapest treats to buy (especially not compared to the low fares of all the other shops on Brick Lane). Individually they don't seem too bad, but the price adds up quickly.
Because of that the ultimate question is posed: Is it worth it? Yes and no. Grabbing one or two truffles or chocolates is definitely worth the experience of trying at least once, if only to get a small taste of decadence (and a perfect instagram shot). Their now-viral hot chocolate will only set you back three quid for a small cup, so that's always a good (and cheaper) alternative to still get your fix of Dark Sugar's rich offerings.