In 2019 we decided it was time to offer the flavours of our most popular and award-winning chocolates in gelato form, so that our Chocolate House customers can enjoy the taste of Chococo year round, even in the heat of the summer. So rather than outsource this, in true Chococo style we learnt how to make gelato, created a range unique to us and made space to make gelato in small batches in our chocolate kitchen in Wareham.
They have been a huge hit so far and in 2020, two of our most popular flavours won Great Taste Awards - our Madagascar 70% dark chocoate won 2 Star Gold and our Orange Odyssey (milk chocolate with orange and hazelnut praline) won a 1 Star Gold.
The Great Taste judges described the Madagascar 70% dark chocolate gelato as: "smooth, rich and gloriously seductive, this is a lovely chocolate gelato. The fact that it is dairy and soya free and vegan friendly is not really relevant. It's all about the smoothness of the gelato and the intense deep dark flavours of the chocolate.You wouldn't know it wasn't dairy!"
"The gelato is so well made, and the chocolate has been treated with such care that this is pure indulgence"
"This gelato is smooth and velvety in texture and intensely chocolatey and indulgent!....This is pure chocolate heaven"
By the way, if you think Gelato is just a trendy hipster word for ice cream, think again - invented in Florence in Italy in the 16th century, gelato is the Italian word for frozen & properly made gelato is different to regular ice cream in several ways: it contains less fat & slightly less sugar, is denser than ice cream (some ice creams contain as much as 100% extra air which both dilutes flavour & is a bit of a con for you) & is served at a slightly warmer temperature than ice cream - this means it is softer but richer in consistency & taste. Those few degrees make all the difference on your taste buds...the colder the ice cream, the less flavour you can taste.
With Chococo Gelato, our customers enjoy both gelato flavours you might recognise (such as Dark Chocolate, Sea Salt Caramel or Honeycombe), along with more unusual flavours inspired by our chocolates (such as Orange Odyssey, Gingerbread Caramel or Gin & Lime sorbet), but with the Chococo twist of being made with the same ingredients as we use to make our chocolates - so you get to enjoy our fine flavours, only cooler!