All About Us
Set up by husband & wife team Andy & Claire Burnet, 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 chocolate maker, to lead the way in making truly fresh chocolates, using locally sourced fresh cream blended with fine origin chocolate, seasonal, natural flavours 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 2 children, Lily & Max.
You can buy our fresh chocolates direct from us at "Cocoa Central", our original shop in Swanage and, since December 2013, our shop on Winchester High Street, or via our nationwide mail order service. You also can find a selection of our seasonal ranges in premium retailers, including Lakeland, John Lewis, Liberty & 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 at Cocoa Central in Swanage, but this space is now our chocolate workshop space and bakery for our cafés.
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!
Constantly innovating, we create not only a wide selection of fresh truffles & chocolates but also edible decorated chocolate boxes, clusters, slabs & bars studded with fruits, nuts & spices, themed novelties that tie into our seaside location, such as chocolate fish & chips or Jurassic Coast dinosaurs, chocolate fridge cakes and seasonal gifts for Christmas, Easter, Halloween & Valentine’s Day.
We employ a wonderful team of local people, which increases significantly at peak times such as Christmas, 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 and hedgerows as we are about our chocolates. We are also very proud to have won so many regional and national awards since 2003, for both our chocolates and our business ethos.
What are we passionate about?
Provenance – We only work with origin chocolate made with the finest cocoa beans, we use local Dorset & South West produce, including the fresh cream for our ganaches, as much as possible and where we can't go local, we try to source ethically produced ingredients.
Freshness – Our fresh Dorset cream truffles & chocolates are best eaten as soon as possible as they are a fresh product, but they will keep for up to 2 weeks - if you can manage to hold back for that long…
Purity – We believe quite simply that pure food tastes better - so we don't put any preservatives into our chocolates, so that you can discover the joy of tasting purity.
"Cocoa Central", our original shop & chocolate cafe is in the Commercial Road Lanes in the heart of Swanage, a traditional seaside town in the South East corner of Dorset's Jurassic Coast, known as the Isle of Purbeck.
You are welcome to watch us in action in our original chocolate kitchen opposite, baking for our chocolate cafés or take part in one of our chocolate workshops.
Our second shop is at the Guildhall end of the High Street in the historic city of Winchester in Hampshire. As well as a full range of all our fresh chocolates & chocolate gifts, we also have a seating area towards the back of the shop for you to enjoy our hot chocolates, coffees, cakes, Purbeck ice cream and more - just like in Swanage!
Keep an eye on our website news & Facebook page for our latest opening times, dates of chocolate making workshops at our chocolate kitchen in Swanage and chocolate tasting events in Winchester.
The chocolate kitchen in Swanage is also available for hire for groups, birthday parties and corporate team building events.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for corporate event hire details.
Click here for directions to both our shops.