Charbonnel et Walker
Charbonnel et Walker Chocolatier is a firm of chocolate makers based in Bond Street, London.
Encouraged by the then Prince of Wales, Edward VII, in 1875 Mme Virginie Eugenie Lévy, née Charbonnel, of Maison Boissier chocolate house in Paris and Mrs Minnie Walker began a partnership in London as "Parisian Confectioners and Bon-Bon Manufacturers". The partnership of Charbonnel and [sic] Walker was dissolved on 16 April 1878 and Mrs Walker carried on alone until her death on 8 June 1883. The notice of death published in the London Gazette referred to "Mary Ann Alphandery also known as Minnie Walker". The company of Charbonnel and Walker Limited went into liquidation in June 1894.
The new firm of Charbonnel et Walker is now based in the Royal Arcade Bond Street, not far from the original premises, and manufactures its chocolates at its factory in Tunbridge Wells. The connection with the royal family continues to the present day, Charbonnel et Walker hold a Royal Warrant as Chocolate Manufacturers to the Queen.
Charbonnel et Walker offers a wide variety of chocolates, as well as sugar confections like crystalized ginger and glazed brazil nuts. There are the peculiar Marc de Champagne Chocolate Truffles, which are chocolate truffles with chocolate butter that is infused with Marc de Champagne.