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Our Spanish-Style Hot Chocolate of the month for October

Posted By Claire Burnet on 05/10/2016 20:00

If you fancy a hot chocolate that is a bit thicker & richer than our core range, then our Spanish-style hot chocolate created for October is the drink for you!
Made with our 70% Madagascan dark chocolate (as in our house hot chocolate) from Chocolaterie Robert, we have made this drink much richer than ever before in terms of the amount of chocolate in it and its also much thicker than our normal drinks!

So it is served in a smaller cup with two cantuccini biscuits for dunking and a teaspoon for ea...

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The 12th annual national celebration of fine chocolate is here & we hope to inspire you to discover our world of fine chocolate from today until Sunday 16th October in our three chocolate houses, & with special offers online.

If you visit us in Swanage, Winchester or Exeter you will be able to enjoy tastings, discover our NEW TruffleTruffle, launched in celebration of the week (it's one of our most unusual yet as it is handmade with Dorset-foraged Black Summer truffle & Black Moth truffle-infused...

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The Lord Mayor of Exeter officially opens our Exeter Chocolate House

Posted By Claire Burnet on 04/10/2016 14:36

The Lord Mayor of Exeter, councillor Cynthia Thompson, officially opened our Exeter Chocolate House on Friday 1st October 2016. We were delighted to be able to welcome her to our new Chocolate House and offer her a hot chocolate and a tour.

Lord Mayor said this about us too which we were very touched by: “I am delighted to welcome Chococo to Exeter's historic Gandy Street. Chococo will be an added attraction for the discerning visitors to this bespoke shopping location. I wish Chococo a successf...

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Our Chococo Halloween range is now available to buy online

Posted By Claire Burnet on 04/10/2016 14:10

Great news for fans of all things ghoulish....our 2016 Halloween chocolate pumpkins & lollies are now available to order online or buy from our chocolate houses in Swanage, Winchester & Exeter.

Our 150g pumpkins are available in our 43% Venezuelan milk chocolate or 67% Madagascan dark chocolate and both types have several dark chocolate spiders inside that spill out when the pumpkin is broken open!

The milk chocolate pumpkin is decorated with naturally coloured white chocolate and the dark pumpki...

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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.

Cli...

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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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