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"I love the team's fun take on chocolate and their honest & indulgent flavours.  If you are looking for colourful, fun, high-end chocolate, then Chococo will deliver"

BA Highlife, Eight of the World's best chocolate shops - Feb 14 


"Chococo crafts chocolates on Dorset's Jurassic Coast.  This award-winning bar uses the flavour du jour - honeycomb"

The Independent, 10 Best Luxury Chocolate Bars - Oct 13 

"...This year's offerings include Advent calendars, angels, reindeers, chocolate hampers and selection boxes"

Homes & Gardens - Nov 13 

"These chunky little C181 Venezuelan milk chocolate robots from Dorset-based Chococo; the connoisseur's equivalent of a selection pack"

The Guardian - Nov 13 

"Chococo's box of chocolates caused a sharp intake of breath when opened...and shrewd offerings for younger scoffers, a conical Christmas tree..the selection was full of wit and vigour"

Financial Times - winner of best Chococolate Hamper Dec 13 




"3 of the Best Chocolate Cookery Books: A concise guide to chocolate bliss, with recipes well within the grasp of most home cooks"...
Delicious Magazine - 2012

Best fancy pants egg - A sophisticated little number that will appeal to kids as much as grown ups.  It has creamy, good-quality chocolate with chunks of honeycomb scattered throughout for crunch appeal.  The painted shell makes it a great -looker too.
Delicious Magazine - March 2012

This chocolate pod from Chococo is a seriously cool alternative to a traditional Easter egg.  It makes a stylish gift and is filled to bursting with gorgeous seasonal chocs & mini eggs.
Olive Magazine - April 2012

"Perfect for sharing - a handmade milk chocolate cocoa pod packed with mini dark chocolate cocoa pods, truffles, heart-shaped chocolates and smoked sea salt caramels. Mmmm!" - Jan 12





Online review of our Chocolate Crackle Tree: "I loved everything about it, especially how they managed to combine elegance, flavour and fun. Great Stuff"
Chocolate Reviews - Nov 11

"Perhaps its the Dorset connection, but Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall loves Chococo's "original approach". The Swanage confectioner uses local ingredients in its truffles including Mrs Pook's lemon curd, and this year offers mulled wine made with Tryannosaurus Red from Lyme Regis."
The Times - 10th Dec 11

"Vibrant, fabulously made chocolates with big, exciting flavour. These will cause fights - in a food way" 5 Stars & Best Buy
Observer Food Monthly Christmas Chocolates Taste Test - Dec 11

"Overall, another beautifully made and presented box of chocolates from Chococo. As a treat for yourself or as a Christmas gift, you really can’t go wrong with this kind of quality."
Chocablog Nov 11

"The imagination of this Dorset-based chocolatier is endless"
Telegraph Food & Drink Magazine - Nov 26th 11

" Fun, bright Easter eggs made from good quality chocolate, which has been well designed & executed - very appealiing, a firm favourite of mine! - April 2011 

"From a passionate artisan chocolate amkers based in Dorset, the Chococo chocolate cookbook seduces from first recipe (pure dark chocolate truffles) to last (baked alaska Chococo-style). You wont need the level of skill which is required to produce the company's hand-made choccies, but you will require a level of restraint when indulging."
You Magazine - 3rd April 2011

80/100 in Taste Test for Honeycombe egg: "Beautifully decorated, with thick creamy chocolate and huge chunks of honeycombe; pretty packaging - a real treat!"
Good Housekeeping - April 2011

"The iridescent white chocolate cherubs and simple sugar hearts add a bit of sweetness to proceedings, and make it look really quite special. Certainly one of the most impressive looking chocolate hearts I’ve seen recently.
The freshness of the ingredients and care with which they’ve been put together is something that consistently shines through with Chococo.
Suffice to say, they look and taste wonderful and will put you in your Valentine’s good books for at least 24 hours. The freshness of the ingredients and care with which they’ve been put together is something that consistently shines through with Chococo, and this box was no exception to that."
Chocablog review of Valentine Selection Box & Chocolate Heart- Feb 11




4 stars (out of 5) in chocolates taste test: "Some real five-star knockout chocs, particularly the fruit ones, but some have a dry, whipped ganache centre"
Paul A Young for the Observer Food Monthly - Dec 10

"There are plenty of handmade chocolate goodies to choose from for under a tenner"
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall in The Guardian Dec 10

"Chococo's Purbeck Marble Cake, made with biscuit and chocolate, is a winner all year round but, for Christmas, it has been fashioned to resemble a wreath studded with fruit and nuts. A great gift for a host."
House & Garden - Dec 10

"If you have a chocolate lover in your life, this is one of the best presents you could send them this Christmas. Laid out like an advent calendar, there's an individual handmade chocolate for each day. The flavour combinations are outstanding!"
Cookveg magazine - Dec 10

"Chococo prides itself in making hand-made chocolates from ethically sourced Venezuelan bean chocolate and Dorset cream with no preservatives or additives...."
Director Magazine - Dec 10

"Handmade fresh chocs by award-winning huband & wife team Andy & Claire Burnet of Chococo in Dorset. Using local ingredients, their chocolates are made to order, piped and dipped and stuffed with ganache fillings then decorated by hand. Chococo creates a wide selection of mouth-watering truffles in modern clean flavours from nutty nutmeg to balsamic berry, with slabs and bars studded with frust, nuts and spices, plus dipped organic dried fruits. See the stylishly packaged range on and make the chocoholics in your family happy this Christmas."
Sunday Telegraph - Nov 28th 10

"You cant go wrong with a box of swanky chocolates. Filled with 25 delicious delights, these are handmade with Dorset cream and ethically sourced Venezuelan cocoa beans"
The Guardian - Nov 10

"The clever old chaps at Chococo have come up with the nifty idea of a re-usable advent calender"
Woman & Home Online Nov '10

"These super fine chocolates by Dorset-based Chococo come so beautifully wrapped you wont want to eat them. Well actually, of course you will, they taste too darn good. OD in style on this massive Dark on Dark half kilo bar or try the Advent Box for some festive finger-licking."
Egg Mag Nov 10

"Taste Sensation! This milk chocolate tree comes with a ribbon loop to hang it up.  Inside it's decorated with sweets & popping candy!"
The Christmas Magazine 2010

"These beautiful Advent chocolates are an edible way of marking every day of the pre-Christmas month - a wonderful gift in more ways than one, as they're seriously good" 
delicious Magazine - Dec 10

The Very Best Easter Chocolate: Chococo mini duck eggs - This kaleidoscopic new design is typical of Claire and Andy Burnet's beautiful handmade wares. Made with marbled Venezuelan milk and white chocolate, each egg hides a little duck."
Sunday Telegraph Stella Magazine - March 10

"Britain's new chocolatiers are fascinating on the complexities of their art. In Swanage, Dorset, Claire Burnet of Chococo juggles sourcing chocolate from Venezuelan family-run farm co-ops made with local sugar, with passionate artistry. She then combs her local countryside for other ingredients.
"I want to know everything about the chocolate I make. We use fresh cream from Craig's Farm Dairy, and the honey for our honeycomb eggs comes from Purbeck beekeeper Robert Field", she says.
Rose Prince - Daily Telegraph 27th March 10

"Chococo Jurassic Egg: What a nicely mottled egg and look! There are dinosaurs inside for little archaeologists to discover! Children would love that. 4/5"
Raymond Blanc - Taste Test for the Observer Food Monthly - March 10

"Charmingly packed in an egg box and individually wrapped in different colours of foil, this feast for the eyes continues within. Hidden within each marbled egg is a white, milk or dark chocolate duck. Handmade in Swanage from ethically sourced Venezuelan Carenero chocolate, it's a unique Easter gift you wont want to part with!"
Cook Vegetarian Magazine - April 10

"Beautiful, simple, handmade chocolates with amazing flavours. What more could you want from a box of chocs?" 
Winner of Best Assortment - Chocablog Chocsters Awards 2010 

"GOLDEN EGG - This gold-dusted chocolate egg flavoured with honeycomb is the ultimate Esater treat!"
Woman & Home Magazine April 2010

" Hidden treasure.  Inside each of these pretty eggs is a mini chocolate duck!" Good Homes Magazine - April 10

"If in the Foodhall at Harvey Nichols look out for the very pink, and very heart-shaped, lollipops from the Purbeck Chocolate Company.They are made from Venezuelan chocolate and dried raspberries and despite their modest price tag, they are suitably self-indulgent.
London Evening Standard Charles Campion - Feb 11th '10

“The milk chocolate is a rich 41% Venezuelan, and the honeycombe is made from real Dorset honey. It tastes just how you’d expect. Like a really high quality Cadbury Crunchie. Except of course you get more of that gorgeous smooth milk chocolate, and less of the honeycombe. One of the things I like best about this is that the placement of the chunks is random, so each mouthful is slightly different. Occasionally you’ll just get that wonderful chocolate, and sometimes you get a mouth full of crunch instead”.
Chocablog online review – Feb 11th ‘10

"I can’t recommend these chocolates highly enough. The flavour combinations work exceptionally well, the presentation is top notch and the ingredients are so fresh that Chococo won’t even send these out until February 10th. So you can be sure your gift will still be in perfect condition for the 14th.
Without doubt, this is my pick of this year’s Valentine’s offerings so far."
Chocablog online review - Feb 8th '10

"Chocolates from this artisan team consistently impress and the only problem is fighting your loved ones for your favourites. All that is resolved with this clever collection of six romantically themed flavours including raspberry truffles and dulce de leche "kisses", meaning you can focus on the one you love. Keep the love alive as demolish the cherub-encrusted chocolate heart made from ethically sourced Venezuelan carenero beans."
Channel4Food - Feb 10

"It's hard to go wrong with chocolates on 14 February, especially if they're Chococo chocs whioch are handmade in Dorset using local ingredients. We fancy the white cherubs dusted in edible gold and resting on milk chocolate hearts."
Weekend Mail Magazine - Jan 10




"This smart box makes a brilliant standby gift. A delicious dark collection with adventurous fillings"
Good Food Magazine - Jan 10

"Irresistable glittery pink chocolate star lollies and chocolate baubles form part of this year's offerings from Chococo, the Dorset-based chocolate company known for its Purbeck marble cake."
Carolyn Hart - Daily Telegraph Weekend Magazine Food News - Dec 5th 09

Best for Chocolate: I tasted my first treat from this accomplished chocolateier at the Wimborne Food Festival this year and adored the creativity and silky, perfectly tempered chocolate. Filled chocolates, pastilles and bars - all decadently festive in pretty multicoloured boxes."
Rose Prince - Daily Telegraph Dec 5th 09

"With fab handmade chocs, this is an advent calendar for grown-ups!" 
Woman & Home - Dec 09

"Good chocolate is appreciated by all ages.  Try the Baubles at Chococo-big, fat and round, and deliciously studded with chunks of home-made honeycomb" 
Homes & Gardens - Dec 09

"All in all, these are some of the nicest chocolates I’ve had in ages. Fantastic flavour combinations and quality ingredients, put together by some genuinely lovely people. I simply can’t recommend them highly enough."
Chocablog review - Oct 09

"Turn your hols into a foodies magical mystery tour sampling the best from every corner of Britain. Dorset...stock up on artisan chocolates at Chococo in Swanage."
Sunday Times Style Magazine - May 24th 09

"Your fancy man or sweet pea loves milk but you prefer dark? Don't let them hog the choc - buy a half-and-half filled with pretty Easter chicks and bunnies"
The London Paper - April 8th 09

"I love this shop....Chococo: For lovers of fine chocolate, this is treasure trove. There are fresh-cream truffles, hand-dipped dried fruits, chocolate biscuit cakes, selection boxes and much more. The only problem is deciding what to buy."
Recommendation by Adrienne Cassell in Prima Magazine - March 09

"Based in Dorset, Andy & Claire Burnet's small business, Chococo, highlights what we should be gorging on - natural chocs oozing with fresh cream ganache...they use Venezuelan Carenero beans, the creme de la creme"
Metro - 7th April 09

"This striking looking egg is definately hand-made and the dark chocolate has a lovely aroma and intense flavour. The filled chocolates are delicious too. For fashionistas"
Daily Mail 4th April 2009

"We love this glitzy, metallic-looking lustre egg made from 73% Venezuelan cocoa solids (much better than the average choc)"
Metro - March 31st 09




"Check small Dorset company Chococo's handmade credit crunch snowman and the company's choccy boxes of zingy flavours, including blackcurrant and passionfruit."
Metro - Dec 9th 2008

"For yummy chocolates that look as good as they taste, marvel at Chococo's selection. The husband-and-wife team make their choices by hand, and also create bespoke wedding favours."
Wedding Magazine - Dec 08

Chococo luxury Chocolate Hamper. Presented in a stylish snakeskin box, bursting with treats for adults and children...
The Mail - Nov 08

The company has a fun approach but this is serious award-winning chocolate
Homes & Gardens - Dec 08

Classy of our favourites
Woman & Home Magazine - Dec 08

"magnificent Chococo marble cake yule log..."gorgeous ginger version....Just hear those sleigh bells ting-a-ling now!"
Country Living Dec 08

" case we're in danger of becoming blase about chocolate, Dorset-based Chococo is on hand with its special Christmas range, which uses the finest Venezuelan chocolate and, where possible, local Dorset ingredients for the fillings. One of the stars of the range is the advent selection which contains 25 different fresh handmade chocolates, including one with a delicious passionfruit filling." House & Garden Magazine Dec 08

"Claire & Andy Burnet use the very best of local produce to create pure, preservative-free chocolates at their base Cocoa Central in Dorset. The company has a fun approach but this is serious award-winning chocolate - 21 awards since 2003."
Homes & Gardens Top 10 Chocolate Shops - Dec 08

"Forage through a box of English autumn fruit-inspired chocolates"
Times Magazine 25th Oct 08

..."I was also wowed by a couple of new offerings: Blackstrap Harry, a molasses chocolate with cocoa nibs that delivers treacly, almost savoury flavours - one for the grown-ups - and Perfect Passion, a combination of chocolate ganache and fresh-tasting passion-fruit jelly. Passion fruit and chocolate can be cloyingly sweet. This was anything but"
Lucas Hollweg Sunday Times Style Aug 08

..."two of my favourites are their droolsome Pure Kakawa - an intense dark chocolate truffle - and Wild Thing, one of the best cherry chocolates I've had"
Lucas Hollweg, Sunday Times Style Aug 08

"The egg is made from silk paper but it's whats inside that counts: it's full of Chococo's handmade luxury milk chocolate truffles, which melt luxuriously in the mouth"
The Independent Ten Best Easter Eggs - 18th March 08

"Evangelical about fresh chocolates"
Metro - February 08

One of the 6 best places to buy "beautifully created chocolates"
The Times - February 08




"This Dorset-based chocolatier present eight each of its two gold winners from this year's Great Taste Awards. There are no fancy flavours, just very, very good milk and dark truffles, makde from Venezuelan carenero beans and fresh cream"
Sunday Telegraph Stella Magazine 25th Nov 07

Gifted chocolatiers..."
Country Living - December 07

"Pretty much anything Christmassy you can think of is being constructed by hand and out of chocolate, this very minute by the Chococo team, who are working like demented elves – though in Dorset rather than the snowy wastes of Lapland - to make Christmas as sweet as possible."
Telegraph Magazine - December 07

"Lovely seasonal specialities from this Dorset-based husband-and-wife team...all beautifully presented"
Sunday Times Style Magazine - November 07

"A quality egg with a generous fistful of delectable chocs nestling inside"
Delicious - April 07

Voted by Fresh magazine as their "Fresh Favourite” Easter Egg  - “We love Chococo products - they’re expensive but very special…there’s enough variety to keep you entertained for hours, all made from top quality chocolate"
Fresh - April 07

Claire & Andy Burnet of Dorset-based Chococo know exactly what makes perfect chocolate - they only use the highest quality ingredients, including local dairy cream and and honey, in the fresh delights they sell in their shop, Cocoa Central in Swanage."
Homes & Gardens 8 page feature - April 07

"Burnet’s chocolates have won 15 fine food awards - not bad for someone whose only prior experience was a love of chocolate, having lived in Belgium & the fact her Mum was a "real foodie""
Metro - March 27th 07

"Noughts & crosses can be played with Chococo’s love & kisses box…delicious milk chocolate and hazelnut praline hearts with an edible silver leaf and caramel kisses with a gooey dulce de leche filling"
The Daily Telegraph Weekend - 10th Feb 07

Awarded 5 out of 5 for our handmade dark chocolate heart in the Daily Mail Weekend survey of the best Valentine’s chocolates. 
Daily Mail Weekend - 10th Feb 07




"This award-winning chocolatier is known for its imaginative and beautifully presented handmade chocolates"
House & Garden Dec 06

"The most amazing selection of handmade choccies we have tasted"
GayTimes Dec 06

"Claire & Andy Burnet pride themselves on the freshness of their ingredients and the award-winning results are mouthwatering"
Homes and Gardens Dec 06

"...Rich, creamy confections made with the freshest ingredients"
Country Living Magazine - Feature April 06

"....Andy & Claire Burnet of Chococo are already scooping up the awards...the approach is straightforward - quality ingredients (preferably locally sourced & ethically traded) and purity which translates into a ban on shelf life extenders, stabilisers or preservatives"
Henrietta Green Recommends - Good Food Magazine April 06

"I staggered home with my prescription...moreish & good for you? Priceless! its like having Willy Wonka on your doorstep"
Mick Nosh's food column in Dorset Magazine March 06

"(one of) the chocolate makers around Europe known for their innovative style...for all their inventiveness & style, these chocolate artists stress freshness and quality"
Wall Street Journal European edition 10th Feb 06




"An astonishing variety of posh way to be more popular than Father Christmas"
Sunday Times Style 27th Nov 05

"Dreamy chocs..."
delicious. magazine Dec 05

"My favourite was the Caramel Kiss made with dulce de leche, though they were all exceptionally good"
Tom Parker Bowles Food page, Night & Day Magazine, Mail on Sunday Feb 20th 05

"Gasps of pleasure guaranteed this Easter on receiving a gorgeous gift from Dorset-based Chococo"
Country Living March 05

"Excellent handmade chocolate producer...creates gorgeous flavours in sexy packaging"
Olive Feb 05

"Hot chocolate with a difference...divine"
Red Magazine Feb 05




"...Rising stars, stylishly & vibrantly packaged, their flavourful yet playful Christmas handmade fresh chocolates....use ethically sourced, fair trade and local Dorset ingredients"
Financial Times Food & Drink Sat 27th Nov 04

"They are so delicious our tip is to hide them round the back of the tree until everyone's gone (baubles filled with truffles) Scrummy 10/10"
Dorset Society Magazine - Dec 04

"All genuinely handmade - unlike many other "handmade" producers, Chococo doesnt even use merchandised dipping machines...startlingly good" 
The Independent on Sunday - 50 Best Gourmet Food Shops in Britain Nov 04

"They're good - no question"
Olive Magazine Dec 04

"Their modern, funky, vibrantly colourful packaging stands out and there's a sense of fun about the range. Notable are the Rum Totty and Raspberry Riot"
The 10 Best Chocolates by Chantal Coady in the Independent Review - Sept 04

"A treasure trove of handmade works of art"
Independent on Sunday Review Magazine - April 04

"Delectable handmade chocolates....exceptional flavours"
delicious. - April 04




"Spectacular of the few chocolate companies to use fresh cream"

"The chilli is sensational....their purity means the flavours sing"

"Their boxes have an intelligent playfulness without sentiment"

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