Elf chocolate now available in Reykjavik

Stefán is a self-educated chocolatier.

Stefán is a self-educated chocolatier. Photo: Golli / Kjartan Þorbjörnsson

Stefán B chocolatier has just opened a store in Reykjavik centre, on the corner of Vesturgata and Garðarstræði where he sells his own hand-made chocolates. The variety is astounding and a little whimsical, like elf chocolate and sky-blue berry chocolate. Which are though fare from being the most eccentric flavours. “I’ve made chocolate with gold, mango chocolate, red wine chocolate, cola chocolate and one with a toothpaste flavour. That one never made it to production though…”

Some of his products are a twist on Icelandic classics, like kakósúpa, hot cocoa soup. This local delicacy has often raised eyebrows of non-locals when served as dinner, as it’s basically hot cocoa served with whipped cream and some type of rusk, bread that is re-baked until it’s dry and crispy. At Stefáns store you can buy the mix and cook up your very own desert for dinner.

There is a great variety of chocolate and chocolate related ...

There is a great variety of chocolate and chocolate related products at the store. Photo: Golli / Kjartan Þorbjörnsson

Puffin and Icelandic horse part of the inspiration

According to Stefán’s facebook site the inspiration came to him while he was in a bit of a pickle. He was horse riding when a puffin flew in front of the horse, which got scared, threw Stefán off and ran away. Stefán was uninjured and started on his walk back, with nothing in his pocket but a piece of chocolate…

“I wanted to change my life and have my own business. I decided to throw myself into making chocolate. It’s so delicious, everyone likes it and all the world of chocolate is very fascinating.”

Stefán makes around 150 types of chocolate and chocolate related products. “I myself prefer 60% chocolate with liquorice, but I like all 60% chocolate and use it a lot. It’s neither to bitter nor too sweet.”

Photo: Golli / Kjartan Þorbjörnsson

Photo: Golli / Kjartan Þorbjörnsson

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