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This fascinating article was published earlier in September by the Guardian newspaper and summarises the rise of tree to bar chocolate production in a few African cocoa growing countries and the huge benefits it provides to the local economy,

We are very proud to buy chocolate from Chocolaterie Robert in Madagascar, one of the companies featured in this article, and in fact Chococo co-founder Claire visited their factory in Antananarivo & cocoa plantations in the Sambirano valley in May 2016.

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"Raw" chocolate is a big trend at the moment with increasing numbers of brands coming into the market offering "raw" chocolate bars or other products incorporating "raw chocolate" or "raw caoao powder".  This interesting article on this hot topic was published yesterday by the chocolate journalist:

Click here to read the article: "The Raw Chocolate Nonense" by the chocolatejournalist.com

From my point of view, as a chocolatier for nearly 14 years and having visited cocoa plantations in both Grenad...

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New job opportunity at Chococo Swanage

Posted By Chococo on 05/09/2016 18:22

We are RECRUITING NOW for someone to join us now at our Swanage Chocolate House.

You must love giving fantastic customer service, love retail (& chocolate), ideally have food & drink experience (but we will train you), be a team player, have an eye for detail & be prepared to work on a weekends rota.

We are looking for someone to join us year round, as we are open 7 days a week.

This is a permanent role & we are considoring both part-time & full-time applicants.

If this sounds like you, we want to t...

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We will be at the Food Rocks Festival 2016 this weekend in Lyme Regis

Posted By Melanie Blainey on 02/09/2016 13:05

We are making final preparations & getting excited to attend Food Rocks Festival 2016 in Lyme Regis this weekend!

 

Food Rocks was created by Mark Hix who was passionate about creating an event to showcase the very best food, produce & suppliers in Lyme Regis & surrounding areas. So come and find us there alongside our fellow small Dorset-based businesses. Chris from Chococo HQ will be selling & sampling some our favourite creations from our stand in the Market Area. Claire will also be going alon...

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Our Chococo Winchester team were thrilled to win "Winchester's Favourite Independent Business 2016" in the Food & Drink category last night at the awards ceremony held at Hotel du Vin in Winchester.

These awards were run by the Winchester BID & supported by Winchester Magazine to drive awareness of & celebrate all the independent businesses in the city. The winners were all voted for by Winchester shoppers & visitors over the month of July.

Over 700 people voted and we were thrilled to have recei...

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Watch us hand-decorating some of our award-winning, truly fresh chocolates

Posted By Georgina Getliffe on 25/08/2016 15:38

Here at Chococo we pride ourselves on the fact that our chocolates are truly fresh & truly handmade.

 

All of our chocolates contain truly fresh ingredients from local producers, including fresh Dorset cream, delivered daily by Craigs Farm near Weymouth.

 

Once made, all of our chocolates are hand-decorated. Below you can see Marcia & Dan adding the chocolate covered coffee beans to the top of our Espresso chocolates. They make the perfect after dinner treat!

 

 

Our chocolate of the month for August h...

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Introducing our NEW Chococosaurus & Duckoco

Posted By Georgina Getliffe on 24/08/2016 16:25

Meet the NEW members of the Chococo family; Duckoco & Chococosaurus!

 

All are handmade with our house 43% Venezuelan origin milk chocolate & hand-decorated with white & dark chocolate. One of our Duckoco's is hand-decorated with naturally coloured white chocolate spots.

 

Give one a home today! They are £5.95 each & you can find them here.

 

We'd love to see them in their new homes, if you buy one (in-store or online) tag us with either #duckoco or #chococosaurus to be featured on our instagram & oth...

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Exeter Street Arts Festival is this Sat 27th August - don't miss it!

Posted By Georgina Getliffe on 24/08/2016 15:20

This Saturday 27th August, Exeter city centre will come alive with music & perfomances all over the city.

 

Gandy Street itself will be hosting five acts throughout the day, so why not come & visit Chococo for one of our delicious takeaway iced hot chocolates, milkshakes or ice creams to enjoy whilst you listen?

 

We will be open from 9am - 5:30pm

 

 



NEW 'Luscious Lime' Caramel Chocolate for August

Posted By Melanie Blainey on 18/08/2016 12:00

Feeling tropical! Our new flavour chocolate of the month is Luscious Lime. We have introduced a taste of Brazil to our homemade caramel recipe in light of the Olympics in Rio.

Luscious LimeRio 2016

Luscious Lime is a blend of fresh lime zest & juice in a liquid muscovado caramel. Try it chilled from the fridge for a truly tantalizing taste!

Our brand new 'Luscious Lime' caramel chocolate is available in all three of our Chocolate Houses & selection boxes for mail order. You can also order a box of 9 'Luscious Lime' on ...

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Purbeck Pirate Festival starts this weekend!

Posted By Georgina Getliffe on 28/07/2016 08:58

The Purbeck Pirate Festival is taking place this weekend 29th-31st July!

 

As well as all of the fun & festivities taking place around the town, if you come & visit Chococo you will be delighted with our limited edition Pirate Sundae... 2 gold pirate coins made from our house 43% Venezuelan milk chocolate topped with rum & raisin and vanilla bean Purbeck Ice Cream, smothered with delicious chocolate sauce, then scattered with jelly bean or milk bean 'jewels'. We will donate 15% of sales of our lim...

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