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Chococo is a finalist in the Dorset Food & Farming Awards 2014

Posted in Awards By Andy Burnet on 22/10/2014 15:08

Dorset food awards 2014
We are thrilled to announce that we are a finalist in the Best Food/Drink producer of the year category in this year's Dorset Food & Farming awards run by Dorset magazine.

Nominated by public vote, we are up against "From Dorset with Love" (who make preserves) in Blandford & Langham Wine Estate based in Dorchester....so who knows!

The awards are announced on November 20th - we will keep you posted!
lolly being made in a Chococo workshop
We are running chocolate workshops for children aged 7-12ish at our Chocolate kitchen in Swanage on the following dates & times:

Dates:
Saturday 25th Oct
Tuesday 28th Oct
Thursday 30th Oct

Times:

11-noon
1-2pm

The children will make a range of chocolate goodies, including lollies which can have optional Halloween theming (eg: edible cobweb patterns) but we have had requests from some customers for no Halloween elements, so that is fine with us.

Price: 12.50 per head

Clothing: we will provide aprons & hair...

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New Hot Chocolate of the Month

Posted By Claire Burnet on 08/10/2014 11:03

new hot chocolate by chococo
Discover our limited edition Chococo hot chocolate of the month for October....fresh ginger & chilli infusion.

Made by infusing chopped fresh ginger root & chilli into hot milk before sieving the spices out, re-warming and blending the milk with flakes of our new 70% origin pure dark chocolate from Chocolaterie Robert in Madagascar.

This hot chocolate takes a little longer than our other hot chocolate to prepare, but we all think that the wait is worth it...now we just need more consistently cold...
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New Totally Twisted Nose chocolate receives national press coverage

Posted By Claire Burnet on 08/10/2014 10:35

totally twisted nose chocolate by chococo

This new chocolate, launched for Chocolate Week 2014 in October, has been received with much interest by chocolate bloggers & the national press - it has already been featured in Metro newspaper & the Guardian Online who described it as such:
"Gin & watercress you say? yes, really. It may sound unlikely but in the hands of Chococo, the most implausible flavour combinations are transmuted into chocoalte gold. Made using Twisted Nose gin from Winchester, locally grown watercress and Dorset cream. S...
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Chococo events to celebrate Chocolate Week 2014

Posted By Claire Burnet on 08/10/2014 09:59

chocolate week 2014
It's National Chocolate Week from Monday 13th - Sunday 19th October & this year, Chococo is celebrating in style!

Totally Twisted Nose, the winning entry into our customer competition held in June to create a new chocolate incorporating a local Hampshire flavour. This chocolate combines two - fresh watercress & watercress-infused Twisted Nose gin, distilled in Winchester!

Discover new flavours every day in both our Swanage & Winchester stores. We will be offering samples of the day that across a w...
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September is Speciality Afternoon Tea Month at Chococo

Posted By Chococo on 10/09/2014 17:52

Sakura Tea

To celebrate our Sakura Tea limited edition chocolate of the month, we are offering special afternoon teas at both our Winchester & Swanage locations throughout September.

For just £3.95 (vs usual price of £4.45) enjoy one of our unique warm Madagascan chocolate chip scones with dulce de leche & clotted cream together with your choice of speciality fine teas.

The teas are supplied by Comins Tea House (based in Sturminster Newton, Dorset) at our Swanage cafe or by Char Tea Merchants (based on Win...

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Current opening times at Chococo Swanage & Winchester

Posted in Opening Times By Chococo on 10/09/2014 15:06

opening times
Our current opening times at our two locations are as follows:

Swanage:
Find us on Commercial Road, Swanage, Dorset, BH19 1DF
We are in a pedestrianised lanes area, so it is best to park elsewhere in town & follow the pavement signs into our lanes area in the heart of Swanage!

Monday - Saturday: 10am -  5pm
Sunday:                  11am - 4pm

Winchester:
152 High St, Winchester, Hants, SO23 9AY
We are at the lower end of the High Street on the stretch beyond M&S & opposite C&H Fabrics.

Monday - Friday: 9...
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Chococo wins 4 more Gold Great Taste Awards!

Posted in Awards By Chococo on 20/08/2014 18:12

great taste awards 2014
We are thrilled to win another 4 Gold awards in this year's Great Taste Awards, taking our total to 45 fine food awards won since 2003!

Our latest awards are all for chocolates that we have never entered into awards before, so it's lovely to get recognition for more of our creations.

Our 2014 Gold Great Taste awards are for:

2 Star Gold for Spirit of Saigon - this is a non-dairy dark chocolate made with a lemongrass & kaffir lime-infused coconut milk ganache blended with beautiful 65% chocolate mad...
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Granny's Tablet is back in-store!

Posted By Chococo on 12/08/2014 18:16

granny's tablet>
Due to popular demand, Granny (aka Chococo co-founder Claire's mum) recently came out of retirement to train Tanya & Jenny to make our delicious tablet.

For those of you who dont know what tablet it, is is Scottish style fudge. It is harder than normal fudge but has a wonderful crumbling, melt in the mouth texture that is extremely moerish.

Claire's mum originally hails from Fife in Scotland & the recipe is an old family favourite. Granny first started making tablet for Chococo back in 2003 & it w...

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Iced drinks at Chococo for the summer

Posted By Chococo on 21/07/2014 18:45

iced drinks
In this hot weather, if you come to our shop in Swanage or Winchester you will discover our unique range of iced drinks.  There are a variety of iced coffees to choose from including our Vietnamese iced coffee, a short sweet coffee made with condensed milk and ice & classic iced coffees are with cappuccino ice cream, delicious iced hot chocolate - hot chocolate on ice!

New for this summer are our iced teas - in Swanage using special loose leaf tea from Dorset's Comins Tea House, and in our Winche...
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