Set up by husband & wife team Andy & Claire Burnet (that's us on the far left), we are proud to have been making fine fresh handmade chocolates since December 2002 on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast. We believe that we were one of the first, if not the first UK artisan chocolatier, to lead the way in making truly fresh chocolates, using locally sourced seasonal ingredients, including local fresh cream, blended with fine origin chocolate and no additives or preservatives.
We are also proud of being ethical chocolate makers as, just as we care about the taste of our finished chocolates, we also care about the bigger picture - about the provenance of our ingredients, whether local or global, and about the people who produce them.
In our former lives, we both worked for large companies in marketing and finance roles, so setting up Chococo was a complete change of direction for us both and we made the leap because we love fine quality chocolate, fresh food and Purbeck, this beautiful part of Dorset. We also wanted to bring up our family here and now have two children, Lily & Max.
You can buy our fresh chocolates direct from us at our original chocolate house in Swanage and, since December 2013, our 2nd on the High Street in Winchester, & since June 2016, our 3rd on Gandy St in Exeter, or via our nationwide mail order service. You also can find a selection of our seasonal ranges in premium retailers, including Liberty, Selfridges, Wholefoods Market & Harvey Nichols, and independent food shops around the UK. We also offer a corporate & weddings gifts service.
Since 2010 we have been making our chocolates in-house at "The Chocolate Shed" in Wareham, a few miles from Swanage, as we grew out of our original chocolate kitchen in Swanage, but this space is now our chocolate workshop space and bakery for our chocolate houses.
We published the Chococo Chocolate Cookbook in 2011 with Ryland Peters & Small and were tickled pink that it was not only published in the UK but also in the USA & Denmark!
We employ a wonderful team of local people (as you can see from this photo of us all at the opening of our Winchester chocolate house) and are very proud to be a Purbeck food business, working with other local & regional food producers who are as passionate about their cows, bees, vodka stills, coffee roaster and hedgerows as we are about our chocolates, so that together we can produce truly unique chocolates that are a true reflection of what's best about Dorset!
Working with both local food & drink producers and local companies for our design, printing & lots of other elements of our business, is something we have done since we set up Chococo back in 2002 - it is part of our DNA and will continue to do so into the future.
We are also very proud to have won so many regional, national & international awards since 2003, for both our chocolates and our business ethos.