There are truffles, there are dreamy cakes, there are 25 different types of hot chocolate and there's even chocolate cocktails.

This is the heavenly Manchester chocolate parlour that's so good even Cadbury is telling you to go there.

Cocoa Cabana was selected as one of a handful of independent chocolatiers across the UK that Cadbury has urged the British public to support this month as the high street reopens after lockdown.

Cadbury launched a major national advertising campaign and even sold 330 pieces of Cocoa Cabana's Manchester bee salted caramel chocolates to fans on the official Cadbury website.

Some of chocolatier Sarah Gallacher's creations

Cocoa Cabana's owner Sarah Gallacher was stunned by the endorsement.

"When Cadbury got in touch they said they wanted to promote the high street and independent chocolate makers and that they had handpicked six regional shops," she said.

"They wanted places with a physical shop because that's how Cadbury first started with one shop in Birmingham.

"I literally could not believe it, I was so chuffed. I thought what's the catch? But they just wanted to do something genuinely nice to support local businesses."

Cakes and sweet treats at Cocoa Cabana

The publicity has given Sarah a huge boost as she prepares to reopen both her Ancoats and West Didsbury chocolate cafes for indoor hospitality from Monday.

Online sales of her hand-made chocolates have been soaring, and she's hoping the interest from curious Cadbury fans will lead to increased footfall to the stores too.

Sarah, 49, first started her own chocolate business back in 2012, after training as a chocolatier at the famous Slattery's in Whitefield.

She opened her first shop on Burton Road in West Didsbury, and within five years demand had grown so much that she bought a bigger shop, further down the same road, with a bigger cafe and cake offering alongside all her home-made chocolates and bon bons.

Cocoa Cabana, Ancoats

"It started with chocolates but then cakes became the natural progression," Sarah says. "Then we started with chocolate afternoon teas and interest has just grown and grown."

In August 2019 Sarah was able to take on her second site in a new build on Murray Street in Ancoats, near where she lives with her adorable sausage dogs Frank and Bella.

The cafes had to close from March to June in 2020 for the national lockdown, but online sales continued to do well with everything from her handmade truffles to chocolate penguins, bees and skulls all proving popular.

Sarah's cakes are also in high demand, with a move into wedding cakes firing her creative side.

Frank, the resident dachshund, in his own armchair

She has also invested in a brand new moulding machine, which will soon mean she can make a cherished engagement ring or a baby's handprint can be fashioned into a chocolate personalised gift.

The reopening of the cafes on May 17 will mean the return of Cocoa Cabana's famous chocolate afternoon teas (from £25) while there will also be the return of bottomless afternoon tea, with 90 minutes of unlimited cocktails or prosecco for £40.

By night, the Ancoats cafe becomes a cocktail bar, with a full range of drinks including chocolate martinis, popcorn martinis and boozy banana milkshakes.

The spacious Ancoats cafe is also available for event hire - Cocoa Cabana's first wedding parties are booked in for summer.

Indoor hospitality is back on from Monday

Colin O'Toole, associate director marketing Cadbury UK and Ireland at Mondelez, said: "We are proud to be supporting local chocolatiers across the UK.

"As a nation, we've always been lucky to have a thriving chocolate scene, full of variety and creativity; and at Cadbury, we of course understand what it's like to start out as a small independent chocolate shop.

"So, we wanted to take the opportunity to support our fellow chocolatiers and ask the nation to do the same. After all, it's all for the love of chocolate!"

Sarah gets to work making her honeycomb bee chocolates

Cocoa Cabana chocolate parlour is at 7 Murray Street, Ancoats, and is open Wednesday to Sunday from 10am to 10pm (for indoor hospitality from May 17)