Welcome to Gilbert and Swayne

Chocolates from the village of Baltonsborough, Somerset

Handmade Chocolates for all occasions

Our chocolates are made with fresh cream, fresh herbs, spices and both Fairtrade and single origin, organic chocolate.

There’s also collection for lifestyle vegans made with organic coconut oil.

COVID-19 Update from Gilbert & Swayne


I am very fortunate in working alone in a converted barn next to my home and being able to still fulfil online orders.

I have been in contact with the local Environmental Health team for current advice for small food businesses &, given the precautions I have put in place, they are very happy for me to continue supplying local delis & online customers.

I am endeavouring to get online orders out as quickly as possible. Thank you for your patience with delivery times in these unprecedented circumstances. Due to paper shippings issues from Italy, I can’t guarantee which Italian memento box you will receive.

I am reviewing the advice on a daily basis & plan to continue making chocolates for the foreseeable future – both for sale to customers & to give to food banks & local community groups supporting elderly & vulnerable people.

I wish you all the best of health.

Jane Swayne

One Day Chocolate Making Courses

The Perfect Gift
Gilbert and Swayne Christmas Chocolate Collection

If you’re looking for a gift that goes beyond the last chocolate in the box, our One Day Chocolate Making Course could be the beginning of a chocolate habit that lasts a lifetime.

Gift vouchers for our courses are sent with a complimentary box of Gilbert & Swayne chocolates. For more details on course availability and prices, email Jane for more information.

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Chocs Away!

In trying times of tribulation,
One needs some tiny chinks of light.

So, two Jane Chocolates every lunchtime,
And dreams about them every night!

They arrive, with hand-tied ribbon,
Hand-made paper on hand-made box.

Inside, a fragrance so divine….
Fair-Trade, organic, hand-made chocs!

I’m amassing a collection
Of every varied, pretty box.

But, for this, I pay a price……
I have to chomp through lots of chocs!

Passionfruit and Champagne?
Food for spirit, soul and brain!

Cardamom and Ginger?
Oh, I could be a binge-r!

Cherry/Apple Eau de Vie?
How this hits the spot for me!

Prune d’Agen?  Lime and Basil?
Reach for these, whenever frazzled!

Spicy Damson? Lemon and Bay?
Limoncello and Earl Grey!

Orange and Grand Marnier?
As smooth as Michel Barnier!😉

Coffee and Somerset Brandy?
Always keep these nice and handy!

The flavours are so fabulous.
They quite defy description.

They are not sweets… They’re medicine…..
They should be on prescription!

Are your taste-buds tingling yet?
I bet!  So, let me say:
“Go and Google Jane Swayne ….

Gilbert & Swayne visit Downton Abbey


Gilbert & Swayne has always had charitable work at the heart of all it does with 10% of all purchases going to a charity of your choice.

Jane recently made 1200 chocolates for a fundraising event organised by Hugh Bonneville for his favourite charity, Scene & Heard at the Mayfair Curzon.

Jane and Dinah met Hugh and Elizabeth, and were also treated to a pre-screening of the new Downton Abbey film, all in aid of the wonderful work of Scene & Heard.


Dinah, (Jane’s sister-in-law & next door neighbour) is a retired book conservator & creates all the Italian memento boxes in her garden studio at Gilbert’s Corner.

Gilbert and Swayne Christmas Chocolate Collection

Dinah & Jane Swayne with Elizabeth McGovern & Hugh Bonneville.

Scene & Heard is a unique mentoring project that partners the inner-city children of Somers Town, London with volunteer theatre professionals.

Their mentoring scheme and theatrical performances help to build children’s aspirations and boosts their self-esteem. Your support is invaluable and a small donation can go a long way to engendering future change.

Find out more about the valuable work of Scene & Heard here