Founder Tara standing by Refuge Chocolate

Refuge Chocolate

Belfast, Northern Ireland

Hi, I am Tara; Chief Potion Maker at Refuge Chocolate.

We make freedom fighting chocolate and are in the business of ending slavery one bite at a time.

Refuge Chocolate is a social enterprise supporting survivors of modern slavery. Our ingredients, packaging and processes are as ethical as possible. Many of our products are vegan.

The story behind the business
Meet Refuge Chocolate

Refuge Hot Chocolate (now Refuge Chocolate) has been fully operational since 2017 led by me; Chief Potion Maker Tara Mullan.

Not being a tea or coffee drinker I spent many years sampling the hot chocolate drinks throughout Ireland and beyond, never quite getting one that hit the taste buds of how I thought a hot chocolate should taste. Until a few years ago I went skiing in Andora and tasted something that hit the spot. It was strong, thick and had so much taste. More like melted chocolate than the expensive dish water I was often served in cafes.

This awakening must have been filed away in the depths of my brain and came to the fore when I was trying to come up with a solution to financially support an anti human trafficking charity I volunteer for; Flourish NI. I briefly tested several ideas of projects to raise finance for the charity. Until one day the name Refuge and hot chocolate literally dropped into my head. This is when I started experimenting with recipes I read about and ones I made up.

Once I got closer to what I thought was a good tasting drink I asked friends to test some and give me feedback. After this I had the recipe for the original chocolate and have been concocting chocolate product recipes ever since.

founder Credentials

  • Female Founded Business
  • LGBTQIA Business
  • Socially Positive
Branded Refuge Chocolate tin mug held in hands of cosy jumper. Melted marshmallows on top of the hot chcoolate.


288 Beersbridge Rd

Owen O’Cork Mill

Unit 14a - Refuge Chocolate


Northern Ireland


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