Goodbye Christopher Robin says Hello to Rococo Chocolates

An exciting collaboration between brand new British film Goodbye Christopher Robin (in cinemas September 29th) and Rococo Chocolates is taking place during from now until October. Honey Crunch and other artisan bars will be carrying special film-branded wrappers, with a chance to win some fabulous prices by going on the Rococo Website.

Prizes include:

  • A family trip to “Christopher Robin” countryside, Ashdown Forest
  • Tickets to the UK premiere of Goodbye Christopher Robin
  • Hamper with a Pooh Bear and, of course, Honey crunch chocolate.

 

The competition details can be found on www.rococochocolates.com

WE WISH YOU A TASTY CHRISTMAS

The team of chocolatiers, headed by Karen Waller, at Rococo Chocolates have pulled out all the stops to make you festive season the most tasty and fun ever. There are products to put on the table, the tree, (not to forget in the mouth) tasty treats for all the family and friends to share during this get-together holiday.

Piñata Snowman

A delightful, limited edition centerpiece for the festive table: a milk chocolate snowman, created by hand by Rococo’s team of chocolatiers. Smash the Snowman’s head like a traditional piñata, and it’s full of delicious Coconut praline snowballs!

min 650g £50 Available beginning December

 

Chocolate-covered Fruit or Nut Baubles

A moreish range of chocolate-covered fruits, nuts and coffee beans, filling a Christmas bauble to decorate your tree or just as a small gift: Award-winning Pistachios in Cardamom white chocolate or our best-selling caramelised macadamias and hazels, zingy freeze-dried fruits in white chocolate, dark chocolate organic  raisins, or Origin Coffee from London roaster Square Mile, covered in milk chocolate.

min 80g £7.95 Available beginning October.

 

 

Christmas Irresistible Collection

An all-natural sharing collection containing four different types of our moreish chocolate-covered fruit and nuts; Award-winning Pistachios in cardamom flavoured white chocolate and our best-selling caramelised macadamias and hazels, zingy freeze-dried fruits in white chocolate, and dark chocolate-smothered organic raisins.

min 250g £25 Available beginning October

 

 

Marshmallow Cube

The ever-popular, soft, handmade marshmallows in a special chocolatey Christmas incarnation – Hazelnut Praline, Chocolate, and Madagascan Vanilla Bean.

min 80g £7.95 Available beginning December

 

Couture Bauble Collection

A Christmas twist on some of Rococo’s most popular Couture flavours, that made their appearance as our Easter British birds’ eggs: Sticky Toffee Pudding Caramel, Macadamia nut praline, Salted pistachio praline, and Coconut praline.

Stick box min 100g 6 pieces, £13.50 Available mid-November

 

Lollipops

Every year Rococo’s team of chocolatiers lovingly hand-pipe a range of lollipops. This year we have the ever-popular Polar Bears and Gingerbread boys and girls, plus a Caramel chocolate Donkey and a Nutcracker.

£3.75 Available mid-November

 

 

Sour cherries covered in Montecristi Manabi (Ecuador) origin chocolate

Superbly tart cherries beautifully balanced with 70% dark chocolate.

150g. £8.95  Available mid-October.

Strawberry couverture Santa

This Santa is made with cocoa butter, fruit, sugar and a tiny amount of soya lecithin. It contains NO dairy or anything else. A fantastically fruity chocolatey treat!

30g £5.95

 

 

Seasonal Broken Chocolate

Rococo dark organic house blend, full of seasonally spiced dried fruit, and caramelised pecans and almonds, with a light dusting of maple sugar.

150g £8.95 available beginning of October.

 

 

And fans of Rococo’s hand painted figurines will be pleased to see these two favourites this Christmas

 

Large Nutcracker Prince                  Santa on Racing Blue Lambretta

300g £32.50                                        130g £28.50

 

 

 

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Rococo Chocolate and Jigsaw Dressing Up Christmas Bars

 

In a collaboration with Jigsaw, the contemporary British fashion brand started in 1972, Rococo Chocolates, founded by Chantal Coady OBE in 1983, has developed three special, festive flavours for Christmas 2017. They are absolutely perfect for giving as a gift or enjoying with family and friends during the festive season. This is a limited edition.  Don’t miss-out – when they are gone… they are gone!

Jigsaw approached Rococo because they loved Chantal’s designs and a number of her designs have been used on accessories for their Christmas 2017 collection. Do look out for them. Some will also be available on the Rococo website.

 

Zest, Spice and Cinnamon Eve:

Tones of Cinnamon and nutmeg punctuated by pops of orange. This is what Christmas tastes like. A milk chocolate bar with a minimum 40% cocoa solids.

Cardamom & Crackle:

A crisp combination of crackling rice and cardamom in a smooth white chocolate. Like freshly fallen snow in a bar. White chocolate contains minimum 30% cocoa solids.

Boxing Day Beets:

Sweet beetroot enveloped in a coat of dark chocolate. An antioxidant – there is no guilt in this pleasure.  Dark chocolate contains a minimum of 65% cocoa solids.

 

The bars are available in 70g bars retailing at £5.00 or in mini bee bars retailing at £1.60.  Available at all Rococo shops and online from 16 October as well as in selected Jigsaw shops.

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ROCOCO CHOCOLATES PICKS UP SPECIAL AWARD

The Academy of Chocolate Awards was held at Claridge’s Hotel for the 2017 event. This prestigious, and increasingly internationally recognised event, saw 900 entries this year, showing that the UK chocolate scene is growing in reputation and creativity.

Chantal Coady OBE. Founder of Rococo Chocolates was joined by Head Chocolatier Karen and the entire Rococo Kitchen team of Jordan, Mireille, Paul, Nick and Veronica, to collect all of the Awards, including two of the very few Golds awarded this year: for Citrus Rooibos and Yuzu & Sake, both ganaches from Rococo’s Couture range of Fresh chocolates, as well as a gold for Orange Blossom Neroli Bee Bar.

The surprise of the evening, came when Rococo were also awarded the inaugural Golden Bonbon Award, for the highest scoring chocolate of the year!

That was awarded for Citrus Rooibos – a dark chocolate dome, filled with a layer of sharp, blood orange jelly and a Valrhona ganache infused with rooibos tea. Both of the Gold winning ganaches were created for Rococo’s ‘Round the World’ seasonal range last year, when the chocolatiers worked to discover and share new flavours and ingredients from around the globe. Citrus Rooibos represented South Africa, and the mouth-tingling acidity of the Yuzu & Sake was for Japan.

The Orange Blossom Neroli bee bar, which won Gold in its category of flavoured milk bars, is a 50% dark milk, infused with organic Neroli essential oil for the evocative and delicate flavour of orange blossoms.

As well as the gold, Rococo also won four Silvers for Lychee & Thai Lime, Liquorice & Rhubarb, Sticky Toffee Pudding and our Macadamia Gianduja. Plus three Bronzes for the Cashew & Cocoa Nib Cluster, Popcorn Ganache, and panned Caramelised Macadamias & Hazelnuts.

All three Gold Award winning chocolates are available in all Rococo shops from Saturday.

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Hazy Lazy Days – The Summer Collection

         Karen Waller, Rococo’s head chocolatier and her team have been making the most of  the balmy months of summertime, bursting with beautiful British fruits and flowers with produce from the south and midlands. They got the first British cassis, a perfectly bitter Gin & Tonic, and a chewy caramel made with a light and fruity ale, brewed in South London. Add to this the intense, floral scent of elderflowers captured in jelly, and the tang of British-grown blackcurrants, and you have a refreshing quartet to take you through the Summer.

 

Blackcurrant & Cassis

Tangy blackcurrants grown in England, combined with a British first: a delicious cassis from White Heron in Herefordshire, blended with Brazilian dark chocolate to make a classic ganache.

 

The Perfect G & T

In their Bermondsey gin den, Little Bird serve up their ‘Perfect G&T’ with a big slice of pink grapefruit. They have endeavoured to recreate the experience, with a double layer of zesty pink grapefruit and Fevertree tonic jellies, topped with a juniper-infused Little Bird ganache.

 

Chewy Beer Caramel

A moreishly chewy and malty caramel, with the light mosaic and citra hop flavours of Gipsy Hill Brewery’s Hepcat IPA, coated in dark Valrhona chocolate. One definitely isn’t enough….

 

Elderflower & Chuckleberry

A delicate elderflower jelly boosted with Nottinghamshire’s Belvoir elderflower cordial and Chase’s Herefordshire Elderflower liqueur, topped with a beautiful purple ‘Chuckleberry’ ganache made with this unusual British-grown gooseberry X redcurrant.”

 

The Summer collection is available in Rococo stores and online any day now, in 12 and 4 choc boxes £17.95 and £6.50 and loose in store too at £14.20 per 100g.

 

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Rococo Chocolates moving to new stand-alone retail store in Chester

After 5 years nestled at the front of the Grosvenor Hotel on Chester’s Eastgate, Rococo Chocolates is moving to bigger and brighter things at its own independent store at 118 Northgate Street.

The new store will have an even wider selection of delectable handmade chocolates, artisan bars, chocolate figurines and classic gift boxes.

This larger store will also feature a cosy cafe and garden terrace where customers can meet friends and enjoy award winning hot chocolate, and freshly made barista coffee from local roasters Adams + Russell Coffee Roasters

The new shop will also feature a unique Chocolate Classroom which will host workshops, tastings and for all kinds of groups events and occasions from children’s birthdays, to corporate team building to sophisticated hen parties!

VIP guests will be invited to attend an evening party at the new store hosted by Rococo Chocolates Founder, Chantal Coady and her husband James Booth on Thursday 8 June and Rococo Chocolates will open its door for the soft launch on 31 May.

Manager, Peter Kubica: “I’m really excited about the possibilities that this new location will bring. Not only will we continue to be the only chocolate shop in Chester selling award winning handmade chocolates, but now we have social and learning spaces where our customers can really indulge in their passion for all things chocolate!”

Rococo Chocolates Founder, Chantal Coady, OBE: “I’m thrilled to see Rococo Chester, which is our only store outside of London, really blossom and offer so much to chocolate fans from Chester and beyond. Peter Kubica, our effervescent and irrepressible manager, has put together a great team who have huge enthusiasm and chocolate knowledge and understand that superb customer service is as important as providing a wonderful product; they are amazing ambassadors and I am so proud of them all!”

Assistant Manager, Dan Mitchell: “There are some amazing changes going on in Chester at the moment, with all sorts of investments and improvements being made to our city. Our move to this great new location puts us at the very heart of the newly revived Northgate Quarter, opposite Chester’s wonderful new arts centre: Storyhouse.

Notes to editors

Chantal Coady, OBE:

In 1983, a young woman dared to follow her dreams, to share with others her love for real chocolate.  Following on from a Saturday job in Harrods selling chocolate, Chantal knew she wanted to create her own magical emporium of luxury chocolate. She envisaged Rococo to be a chocolate paradise, so armed with a little knowledge, a dangerous passion and the belief that there was room for a radically different approach to chocolate, Chantal opened the doors of the first Rococo Chocolates shop on the Kings Road in Chelsea. Rococo is known for Ethical Luxury, Chantal has invested in a cocoa farm in Grenada where they work with the local farmers and the Grenada Chocolate Company to add value to this most important crop.

More than three decades and five shops later Chantal is still pioneering the movement for real chocolate.  In 2014 Chantal Coady was awarded an O.B.E. in the Queen’s Birthday Honours ‘For Services to Chocolate’ recognising her long and ground-breaking career.

Awards:

Rococo is proud to have been recognised by the Academy of Chocolate, International Chocolate Awards and Great Taste for our chocolates.  Rococo won 9 medals at the Academy of Chocolate www.acadofchoc.com awards in April 2017

Gold: Yuzu and Sake, Rooibos
Silver:  Lychee & Thai Lime, Sticky Toffee Pudding, Macadamia Gianduja, Liquorice & Rhubarb
Bronze: Popcorn Ganache, Cashew & Caramelised Cocoa Nib Cluster, Caramelised Macadamias & Hazelnuts

Special Hamper for Fathers’ Day

Guinness and Chocolate in a marshmallow – a brilliant mix from Karen Waller, chief chocolatier at Rococo Chocolates and her team for Father’s Day and to make his day even more special they have produced a new salty caramel cigar. Lucky Dad.

And the chocolate fairies at Rococo decided to pack them in a very special hamper together with a Rococo mug for Dad’s breakfast tea and we all know how good Dads are at helping with the washing up so we have included his very own tea-towel! Now there is no excuse. But as it is Fathers’ Day give him a hand.

The hamper retails at £40

 

 

 

The marshmallow evokes a classic Chocolate Guinness Cake, with a firm, moreish texture.  Bag retails at £6.00

 

 

 

 

The Salted Caramel Cigar is a solid chocolate cigar, made from a unique blend of chocolates, and tiny shards of salted caramel, with crispy biscuit and rice. Cigar retails at £ 9.95

 

 

All are available at Rococo Shops and online from 25 May.

Best of British: A Staycation for Rococo flavours in 2017

 

Having jetted around the world exploring exotic flavours last year, and with all the World Events, Rococo Chocolates has decided to celebrate what is close to home and is staying in the UK for 2017 and finding exciting local specialities, distinct flavours and seasonal ingredients – all the goodness the regions have to offer.  The Spring Collection takes us to the North and Wales. The beauty of Wales brings gifts from nature with Pembrokeshire Sea Salt and a delicate Rosewater: the only one from welsh-grown roses. For the North, Karen Waller, head chocolatier and her team worked their magic on local classics, with Liquorice, Rhubarb, and a Bakewell Pudding. The selection is both beautiful and delicious.

 

Sea Salted Caramel

A dark, smoky caramel, with Halen Môn oak-smoked sea salt, decorated with spirulina to look like the crashing waves of the Welsh coast.

 

 

Rose of the Valleys

A traditional, soft fondant, flavoured with a hint of delicate ‘Petals of the Valley’ Rosa Damascena rosewater, distilled in copper stills in the Monmouthshire valleys.

 

Rhubarb & Liquorice

Paying tribute to Yorkshire, the chocolatiers combined the Liquorice of Pontefract Cake nostalgia with Rhubarb, in homage to the home of the Rhubarb Triangle.

 

 

 

Cherry Bakewell

Dark, Cherry jelly and Amaretto-laced marzipan come together to form a delicious, chocolate version of the Derbyshire classic.”

 

 

The Spring collection is available in Rococo stores and online anyday now, in 12 and 4 choc boxes £17.95 and £6.50 and loose in store too at £14.20 per 100g.

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Is your Mum a floral kind of girl or more on the nutty side?  

 

Now is your chance to show you mum just how much you love and cherish her. Spoil her with breakfast in bed (and don’t forget to do the washing up afterwards), shower her with hugs and kisses and pick out her favourite chocolates as a token of your love.

Rococo Chocolates’ classic rose and violets creams always go down a treat; the pretty boxes come in two sizes. The fondant creams are hand dipped in delicious dark chocolate and topped with crystallised petals.

The smaller box with 12 chocolates retail at £17.95 the large one has 20 pieces and retail at £25.95

If you want to ring the changes, try the “Fiori & Cioccolato”- with the addition of lavender and geranium creams. This pretty oval box contains 8 of our favourite dark chocolate floral fondant creams: 2 of each flavour. Retails at £13.50

For those mums with really sophisticated taste there is a special limited edition Mother’s Day box of Rococo Couture Collection in the “must keep” box by de Gournay depicting de Gournay’s hand painted ‘Portobello’ Chinoiserie motif, filled with bamboo, flowering trees and ornate birds. Rendered in a custom Blue tone with metallic accents, the arresting design is just perfect with Rococo’s handmade, award winning, couture chocolates. Retails at £19.95

The Rose and Violet bars are £5.50 each

Or if your mum is more of a nutty person let her try Rococo’s latest addition to their nuts collection: Caramelised Hazelnuts and Macadamia nuts, rolled in cocoa powder., They are simply divine.

Mother’s Day is March 26. All products are available from Rococo shops and online.

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Sack Cloth & Ashes or Chocolate & Charity?

Chocolate has long been top of the list of things to give up for Lent, and now Rococo Chocolates has come up with a revolutionary idea: the Absolution bar. By buying your favourite bar, you are making a donation of £1.00 which goes to the The Lent Appeal 2017 in the Parish of St Paul’s Knightsbridge*. The bar will be given a special Absolution wrapper; the design is a collaboration with Mr Smith’s Letterpress. The inspiration came following a challenge from the Rev Alan Gyle*, to Chantal Coady OBE, founder and owner of Rococo Chocolates, she explained: “As a ‘good’ Convent girl,  I was always encouraged to give up chocolate for Lent which I found a trial. I would have loved the opportunity to pay for my indulgences… now I can make up for lost time!”

ALEXANDER ARMSTRONG (Broadcaster and TV Presenter of BBC1’s Pointless):

“I’ve always struggled to give up chocolate for the season of Lent. Here is a great way of giving in to temptation and doing good at the same time – with Absolution! This partnership between my London church and one of my favourite Chocolate Companies is a great opportunity to support the ALMA Link between the Diocese of London and the Church in Angola and Mozambique.”

THE REVEREND RICHARD COLES (Broadcaster and Vicar)

During my time in the Parish of St Paul’s Knightsbridge it was only prayer and the Rococo Chocolate shop in Motcomb Street that kept me sane! This delicious collaboration between two of Belgravia’s great institutions is a win-win for the holy season of Lent: chocolate for you and the knowledge that you’re supporting an emerging and fruitful partnership between one of the world’s most privileged corners in London’s Belgravia and one of the world’s poorest in Mozambique.

SAHAR HASHEMI OBE (co-founder of Coffee Republic, Skinny Candy, author and speaker)

Our church is always looking for ways to transform life and to make a connection between daily living and the work of the Kingdom of God. Chantal Coady OBE and Fr Alan Gyle have come up with a simple, delicious and clever way of contributing to the Lent Appeal in 2017. And of course if you feel guilty about eating the chocolate yourself during the Lenten season of austerity, you can either keep it for Easter or buy it and give it as a gift – a gift that gives twice!

*The Lent Appeal 2017 in the Parish of St Paul’s Knightsbridge is in support of an emerging link between one of London’s most privileged parishes and one of the world’s poorest – All Saints Namhavila in Mozambique. This new partnership is just the latest expression of a longstanding link between the Diocese of London and the Church in Angola and Mozambique (The ALMA Link).

St Paul’s Knightsbridge: registered charity No. 1134857

Lent starts on Ash Wednesday March 1st 2017

The traditional 40 day fast runs up to midnight on Easter Saturday April 12th.

The Rococo Easter Chick Has Hatched Just in Time for Easter

The very talented chocolatier team at Rococo, headed by Karen Waller, have come up with some cracking ideas for Easter Eggs this year… A limited edition of bespoke eggs:  this one is named ‘Don’t put all your eggs in one Basket’, it’s part of a range including ‘Chicken in a Basket” and ‘Hippie Chick’. There will be only 5 of each design made, so expect a bit of “Smash & Grab” raid when they arrive in store.

The egg itself, made from 39% organic milk chocolate, with smaller eggs of delicious caramelised white chocolate, and the little chick is marzipan.

Wonder what the other eggs will look like, eggciting…Watch this space!

The bespoke eggs retail at £40.00 and can be bought at the 4 Rococo London shops: Motcomb Street, Kings Road, Moxon Street and Earlham Street. A different egg for each shop.

Hurry, they won’t sit around for long.

Happy Easter from Rococo Chocolates.

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