Good news for North Londoners! Camden Lock Market, once a great place to find funky clothes, second hand records, gothic fashion and a fantastically random selection of junk and treasure is now also becoming a great food and drink destination. Chin Chin Laboratorists, purveyors of very fine liquid nitrogen ice cream have been joined by a growing band of small, independent businesses serving an eclectic range of delicious treats.
Pete and I made a happy stop to visit Mighty Fine’s sweet little sweet shop on Camden Lock Place, to try their newly launched hot chocolate menu.
To a rich, dark hot chocolate, customers can add one (or more) of 10 flavoured syrups and 10 toppings. The potential combinations give Mighty Fine their sales pitch of “Hot Chocolate 100 Ways”, though I urge you not to overlook option 101 – trying the hot chocolate plain, which is very good indeed.
As if the hot chocolate menu wasn’t enough, owners Kit Tomlinson and Ross Newton also make and sell delicious fudge, chocolate slabs, chocolate truffles and honeycomb, made fresh within the tiny shop. Time your visit well and you’ll be able to watch Ross at work in the open corner kitchen.
The pair met whilst working in the food television industry but made the move to set up their own food business instead. Ross comes from a family of chocolate makers, though previous generations have been involved in much larger scale operations, rather than this hands-on, quality-driven business.
After watching Ross roll and dip his freshly made bacon chocolate truffles, we tried a few of his creations including the recently finished bacon balls (not pictured) followed by fresh mint, cherry tobacco, salted caramel and passion fruit truffles. All were much enjoyed, though I’d prefer a little more tobacco kick to the cherry tobacco – the fruit flavour comes through more than the baccy. The mint and the passion fruit were particularly wonderful, full of really fresh and vibrant flavours. And anyone who loves sweet and salty combos will appreciate the smoky salty hit of the bacon balls!
Of course, they are popular with the constant stream of tourists, but they are also building up a loyal following of regulars who come back for regular hits of their chocolate, fudge and honeycomb treats.
Mighty Fine Chocolate & Fudge Kitchen are open 7 days a week, from 10:30 am to 6:30 pm.
Kavey Eats sampled products at the invitation of Mighty Fine.