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A world of mesmerising chocolates

Our goal is to bring to the world beautiful and delicious artisan vegan-friendly chocolates. Whilst minimising our carbon footprint and maximising contributions to the farming community.

Founded by Michael, the name Cheeky Nilla actually comes from their beloved family member, Vanilla the rabbit. Vanilla being more dog than a rabbit; adventurous, loyal, cuddly, and lovable. No better name for a vegan chocolate business, Cheeky Nilla.

Michael Bellis

Born in Silay City, Philippines, Michael first stepped into the UK when he was 8 years old. An artist and adventurer at heart, Michael first joined Scouts at 12 years old, fell in love with the movement, and has been a member for nearly 20 years. Having been a leader  for 10+ years, built one of the largest and most successful explorer scout units (14-18yr olds) in London. He is also an accredited Gold Duke of Edinborough Award assessor.

What made you love Scouts?
I’ve always loved the outdoors, I feel more at home in a tent in the forest than in the city surrounded by concrete and buildings. I think it’s the freedom and survival skills that I fell in love with, there are so many pressures as a teenager but when I was in scouts, it seemed to all disappear, and learn how to be independent. I was also very lucky to have a very understanding and lax scout leader. I took a short break during University, thereafter, I became a voluntary Explorer Scout Leader for 14-18-year-olds.  A difficult age, but I tried to provide a similar environment that I experienced and it proved very successful. Within 6 months, the group started with 2 members and grew to 35.

Any other goals in the future?
I promised myself one day, before I move to the next life, that I’ll have three of my paintings on show at the National Gallery. I love to paint, specifically oil with landscape and my adventures as my inspiration. That would be a dream come true.

Meet Vanilla

Vanilla, a member of the family and more dog than a rabbit. Adopted at a very young age after being bullied for being the runt of the litter, he was adventurous, loyal, cuddly, and loveable. He would often follow us throughout the house, hops onto the sofa when we’re watching tv, and nuzzle up to us. Cheeky Nilla. for beautiful mesmerising crafted artisan vegan chocolates is a tribute to Vanilla, now hopping joyfully in rabbit heaven with friends.

Melanie | Etsy review

“Such beautiful presentation, this is a really unique and special present”

Scout Estrazulas-Gullick | Google review

“Amazingly delicious! We loved the bits of cinder toffee sponge, and the large pieces of lemon”

Emily | Google review

“The most incredible chocolate, dairy-free or not! But the addition of the flavours are so creative and all delicious!”

Judy Bregazzi | Facebook review

“Bought myself a selection for my lockdown Birthday. Absolutely loved them all. Absolutely beautiful to look at and taste divine.”