It all starts with our best selling Chocolate Chunk Delhi Mix (sold at Fortnum and Mason amongst other places). This was the inspiration for all our bars. “Chocolate in a Bombay Mix?” is what we always hear. So we set out to create a bar with our Delhi Mix enrobed in the finest dark chocolate. Now people tell us, “Bombay Mix in a chocolate bar?”
Every time we think of cinnamon, it brings back memories of growing up, when our mum used to add it to our warm milk to give it that lovely flavour. The finest milk chocolate is given a delicate twist with the very best Indian cinnamon and spoonfuls of crunchy pieces of our signature Duke of Delhi mix.
Our Delhi mix is inspired by the Indian street snack “Chevdo”, sold in special places such as New Delhi train station, where the incoming Rajdhani express train sees hundreds of commuters run off to buy this tasty snack before their train leaves without them. Its like a Bombay Mix but with a British twist….chocolate!
Our Delhi mix is inspired by the Indian street snack “Chevdo”, sold in special places such as New Delhi train station, where the incoming Rajdhani express train sees hundreds of commuters run off to buy this tasty snack before their train leaves without them. Its like a Bombay Mix but with a British twist….orange!
It’s 1944 and an ordinary English boy was sent off to India by his grandma to escape the ravages of the Second World War. He eventually arrived in Udaipur and at the home of the Mewar (King). Smells, sights, sounds, heat, animals, insects, music, people and food were all so different from back home in England. He had no idea, but his real journey was just about to begin.
The heavenly combination of crushed cardamom and natural vanilla is a scrumptious pairing, my sister and I believe. Coupled with our smooth velvety milk chocolate and a fistful of our crunchy signature Duke of Delhi Mix, we constantly hear customers say how exotic this bar really tastes.
Whenever our mum made anything with lemons and limes, it would be our favourite. The citrus taste made everything feel fresh and alive. We created a dark chocolate bar infused with refreshing lime and studded with a handful of our Duke of Delhi Bombay Mix, which we personally can’t stop eating.
My sister and I have fond memories of the smell of toasted coconut slowly wafting through every room of our house. Those memories come flooding back when we produced this delicious dark chocolate bar with a difference. Tasty nibbles of our signature Duke of Delhi Bombay mix contrast with exquisite toasted coconut to create something extra special.
Customers at Fortnum and Mason keep mentioning that our orange and nut Delhi Mix reminds them of Christmas. That’s our inspiration behind our milk chocolate and orange Delhi mix bar. Tasty nibbles of our signature Delhi Mix with zesty pieces of sumptuous citrus orange are encased in the finest quality milk chocolate to create a delicious fruity Indian treat.
Everyone involved in sourcing ingredients for Duke of Delhi is treated well and paid a fair wage. Our packaging is 100% recyclable. Our ideas are from India but mixed with our British influence.
Our grandmother taught us well. In 2013 we won a Great Taste Award for our Chilli Chocolate and Orange Nankatai Biscuits and in 2014 came runners up in Virgin best emerging food brand category.
All our products are lovingly hand made and hand mixed to insure the perfect blend. We started off from our kitchen at home and now have a machine to wrap our bars. We source our ingredients from ethical sources.
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Duke of Delhi was started by two siblings i.e. my sister and I. Some 30 years ago we went to India for the first time. It was a shock to say the least. Believe it or not but we were both running around the streets that very first day looking for a Cornish pasty but boy were we surprised. That’s when we first encountered Nankhatai, or semolina biscuits, to be precise, being baked on an open fire oven on the streets of Delhi. The smell of sweet biscuits seemed to block out all the chaos of the street.
Back in England our grandma used to make us delicious Indian Nankhatai biscuits every Friday as a treat and then we’d settle down to watch Monkey Magic on BBC2 (oh those were the days). We grew up living in a house which always had people coming and going – mostly it would be our friends, who would stay round to watch the footy or chat. Eating the biscuits, our friends would always tell us how scrumptious they were. I remember my grandma making a special batch during the 1986 world cup for a packed house.
We never forgot about that moment in India so years later and together with our gran, we embarked on a journey that would see this humble biscuit take on new and exciting flavours. Our friends loved them and before long they were asking to take some extra for their families. Duke of Delhi was born. We started selling at our lovely local community market in Wallington (where you’ll still see us on some Saturdays) before expanding to London. The sense of adventure that got us started drives us to this day.