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Local Produce

Swanage Local Landscape

Craig's Farm Dairy

Trevor Craig

Our cream comes fresh from Trevor Craig's family-run dairy farm near Weymouth. He is the only dairy farmer left in South Dorset selling fresh cream to the local market and we are very proud to have been working with Trevor & his team since we started Chococo back in 2002. His herd of 120 Freshires & Ayreshires is not organic but it is low density and his cream is wonderfully rich, thick and yellow! We order our cream direct with the farm and it arrives the next morning in one of their vans to our chocolate kitchen in Wareham.

Rebecca of rebecca's kitchen preserves maker in Dorset

Rebecca's Kitchen, Alwestern & From Dorset With Love

We work with Rebecca of Rebecca's Kitchen based very close to us in Wareham. Rebecca is a local food producer and we are delighted to have her on board! Look out for some of our seasonal chocolates that contain Rebecca's jams & marmaladas. We also use Lime marmalade from From Dorset With Love, for our Conker & Lime chocolate. Our award-winning Lemon Zing chocolate contains Lemon jam from Susan at Alweston Jam, a small village in north Dorset, near Sherborne. 

Field Honey

Our honey comes from award-winning local Swanage beekeeper Robert Field, aka Bob. Bob has hives all over Dorset & into Wiltshire and we use his wonderful Bell Heather honey from the Arne Peninsular here in Purbeck in Bob's Bees, a fresh chocolate, and also in our award-winning honeycombe. We also sell several of his honeys in our Swanage shop.

Blue Vinny Cheese

Dorset Blue Vinny cheese ingredient in a Chococo chocolate

Our Dorset Blue chocolate, first made in 2013, with Dorset's famous Blue Vinny cheese & chopped cranberries, was so popular that it returns every Christmas, if not at other times of the year.

Local Drinks

Rupert of Conker Gin distilled in Dorset

One of our newer collaborations is with Rupert Holloway, maker of Conker Gin, Dorset's first craft gin! Rupert uses a variety of interesting local botanicals including samphire & locally foraged gorse flowers. Rupert picks the flowers (using very thick gloves!) when the gorse is in flower and then dries it. We use both his gin & a dried gorse flower infusion to make our Conker & Gorse Flower chocolate - but it is only available in the spring when the gorse is in flower!
We have also created a chocolate with Rupert's new Cold Brew coffee liqueur!

black cow vodka and Chococo chocolates made with this unique Dorset vodkaWe work with Black Cow Vodka, based in West Dorset to make our  Brilliant Black Cow chocolate. This unusual vodka, made from cows whey, is utterly delicious and is the world's only milk vodka!

James of the Watercress Co & Paul of Winchester Distillery at launch of Totally Twisted Nose chocolate by Chococo

Keeping on the spirits theme, we teamed up with Twisted Nose Gin distilled by Paul of the Winchester Distillery in 2014 to create our Totally Twisted Nose. This frankly quite bonkers chocolate also includes an infusion of fresh watercress from The Watercress Company (based in Dorset with farms in Dorset & Hampshire) and it won a Gold Academy of Chocolate Award in 2015.

We use Tyrannasaurus Red wine from the Furleigh Estate near Bridport, Dorset to make our seasonal Mulled Wine chocolate, winner of a 1 star Gold Great Taste Award in 2012.

We use Old Thumper beer from the Ringwood Brewery in Ringwood, to make our Old Thumper beer chocolate, winner of a 1 star Gold Great Taste Award in 2011.

Local Suppliers to our Swanage Chocolate House

Purbeck Ice CreamIn our original chocolate house in Swanage we source from lots of local suppliers including; Beanpress coffee, Trevor's milk & clotted cream, Purbeck Ice Cream (which we also sell in our Winchester & Exeter chocolate houses) from nearby Corfe Castle, Dorset Tea, Rebecca's chutnies for our savoury offerings & Leakers Bakery from Bridport for their smashing tea cakes, sourdough & hot cross buns!

Local suppliers to our Winchester Chocolate House

We are proud to be working with local suppliers in our Winchester chocolate house. Our coffees are all made with Moonroast Coffee, roasted by Francis in nearby Alresford, with milk from Pensworth, a local dairy. many of our cakes are made for us to our recipes by Little Bee Bakery based in Romsey, The Baker Boys supply us with savoury breads, Hoxton Bakehouse for cinnamon buns, all teas are by Char Tea, a local artisan tea company based just 4 doors down from our shop, apple & pear fruit juices come from Hill Farm Fruit Juice.

Local suppliers to our Exeter Chocolate House

We are proud to be working with several local Exeter suppliers for our Exeter chocolate house which we opened in June 2016 and look forward to working with lots more over time. Our coffee comes from Crankhouse Coffee which is roasted just 2 miles from us on Gandy St and cycled to us by Dave, Mr Crankhouse!

We use West Country Milk for all our milk and tea is supplied by Devonshire Tea who we have also collaborated with to create the Elegant Earl Grey chocolate! We also work with local Devon bakers Emma's Bread, Peck & Strong and Truly Treats who bake our chocolate chip scones, traybakes & some savoury treats too. 

Our second local Devon collaboration was the Cream Tea chocolateusing Damson & Raspberry Jam which is handmade by Martin & Jane of Little Bowhay preserves near Exeter.
Our newest collaboration is with Salcombe Gin for the creation of our newest gin chocolate - Salcombe Sundowner with pink grapefruit as the complementary flavour to pick up the citrus fruit botanicals in the gin. Needless to say, it has been a huge hit!

Regional Food Groups

Dorset Food & Drink

We are full members of Dorset Food & Drink, an origin assurance scheme that gives consumers the confidence that they are indeed buying products sourced from & made in Dorset. The organisation welcomes every business with its roots in Dorset that grows, makes, brings significant added-value to, sells, serves or supports Dorset food and drink. To display the logo we have met the criteria covering the business, sourcing of ingredients & processing. Amongst other benefits, this scheme also helps supports local businesses, keeps money in the local economy & promotes local employment.

Hampshire fare logo

We are also hospitality members of Hampshire Fare for our local sourcing of so many local Hampshire food & drink products in our cafe & chocolates incorporating local flavours.

Most recently, we have joined the Devon Food & Drink group too to celebrate all things Devon in our Exeter chocolate house!