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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THE PERFECT PRESENT INSIDE AND OUT

This collaboration between two of London’s most covetable design brands: de Gournay, creators of bespoke hand painted wallpaper and Rococo Chocolates has resulted in the most delectable box of chocolates.

 

“I have always loved going past the de Gournay show room and admiring their 18th Century “Rococo” period interiors – the stunning room sets are a source of inspiration for me. I am so delighted to be working with them on the first of this collection of beautiful boxes. Our companies have so much in common, we both value craftsmanship and perfection, pleasure and provenance…”

Chantal Coady OBE

 

The box depicts 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 pairs beautifully with Rococo’s handmade, award winning, couture chocolates – a perfect present for any occasion: Valentines, Mother’s Day or House Party gift; who would not be thrilled to receive it?

 

 

 

Too beautiful to throw away, the box can be re-purposed to house letters, photos or other small treasures.

 

 

 

 

 

The chocolate selection in the box is picked from Rococo’s Couture range, lovingly handmade by Rococo’s chocolatiers led by Karen Waller, many of these fresh chocolates have won gold medals, and should be eaten within two weeks, which should not prove too difficult!

 

The box retails from £19.95 and is available from Rococo shops and on-line.

 

This box is a limited edition of 250

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Note to Editors:

de Gournay 

de Gournay have cultivated an unrivalled reputation for their hand painted wallpapers and fabrics since 1986, reviving ancient motifs and original 18th century techniques in the creation of their vibrant Chinoiserie painted papers. The company’s highly skilled artisans bring Interiors to life with sensitive interpretations of each individual client’s creative dreams, no matter how complex.

 

Rococo

Rococo Chocolates was founded by Chantal Coady OBE in 1983. Armed with a little knowledge, a dangerous passion and a belief that there was room for a radically different approach to chocolate, she opened a shop on London’s King’s Road and has been pioneering the artisan chocolate movement in the UK ever since.

Rococo’s award winning collection includes organic Artisan bars in exotic flavours and Couture chocolates hand made in London by their small and dedicated team of chocolatiers.  Rococo now has five shops and co-owns a cocoa farm in Grenada with the Grenada Chocolate Company, which is part of the Grenada Organic Cocoa Farmer’s Cooperative.  Cocoa from this farm in made into chocolate in Grenada, one of the only tree-to-bar producers in the world, which is used as part of Rococo’s House Blend across much of their range.

Be My Valentine

If you are stuck for ideas of what to get for your sweetheart, here are some romantic ones from Rococo chocolates. There is something to fit every budget from a large heart box filled with delicious ganache to a heart shaped and heart decorated lollipop.

These new oval boxes containing cherry ganaches and lips or popping champagne ganaches and lips retail at £16.50 and the passion fruit flavoured lollipop heart is less than £5.00

The popular hand painted hearts come in many sizes and retails from £13.50 and the beautiful heart boxes range in size and price from £22.00 to £110.00.

All available from Rococo Shops and on-line.

So, there is no excuse…

Happy Valentines!

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Be seduced by Rococo’s new arrival, a deep dark milk chocolate addition to the Bee Bar collection

Made with Rococo’s new 50% cocoa organic milk chocolate, Orange Blossom Neroli, will have you swooning. The beautiful wrapper has been painted by Chantal Coady OBE and depicts the delicate Moroccan orange blossom and the fruit itself. Made using one of the most prized organic essential perfume oils, carefully balanced with the rich chocolate, Neroli is renowned for its calming and soothing qualities, helping anxiety and nerves and inducing a good nights sleep.

The Bee Bar is just the right size for a small treat at any time of the day. So be kind to yourself, put your feet up, relax, unwind and enjoy the delicate flavours.

Bee Bars retail at £1.60 and weights in at 20g.  Available in shops and on-line.

There are 15 different flavoured Bee Bars

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Honeycomb Hearts for your Queen Bee and Rose Heart for your Petal

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For Valentine’s this year Rococo is extending their fabulous and extremely popular hand-painted hearts range with two news hearts: a beautiful Honeycomb design complete with bee and a delightful Rose design.

These hand-painted hearts are made from Honeycomb milk chocolate and Rose milk chocolate respectively and are filled with 9 of Rococo’s Couture ganaches. They come in a lovely gift box so all you have to do is choose to your favourite Valentine to receive it!

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Both hearts weigh in at 300g and retail at £51.95

They will be available from Rococo Shops and on-line in the New Year.

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Candlelight, Chocolate and Romance…

img_7708From the Rococo Home Collection: their very first chocolate scented candle.

Chantal Coady OBE, founder and creative director, likes a challenge, and this one has been on her mind for a while. To create a subtle fragrance of chocolate inspired by their exotic Madagascar 64% single estate dark chocolate which is renowned for its red berry & citrus notes. The candle offers a sophisticated luxurious experience of rich chocolate notes with nostalgic references to childhood’s comforting cocoa and warm vanilla in the base notes.

Imagine at the end of a long day, as the dark evenings approach, lighting your candle and sinking into a hot bath… pure indulgence. A truly decadent addition to your own home or the perfect gift if you can bear to part with it.

The candle comes in a custom made Eau de Nil coloured glass, tissue wrapped in its own gift box and retails at £ 37.50, it will burn for approximately 40 hours.

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Burning instructions:

We recommend burning the candle for minimum two hours at a time in a draught free area to achieve an optimum fragrance throw, always until the wax pool hits the sides of the glass. We also recommend to trim the wick to 5mm before lighting.

Autumn Couture Collection Is Here – Enjoy  

picture1Rococo Chocolates are on the road again with their Autumn Couture Collection taking a voyage around the world, using ingredients from different countries as they come in to season. Take your senses and imagination on a delicious journey across the continents.

Continuing on their world tour, Rococo is embracing the soft, rounded notes of autumn and its gentle hues of brown and gold. They have created this collection from the annual autumnal harvest of nuts and grains from Europe, Australasia and North America, with delicious Costa Rican coffee as it comes fresh to the market. Enjoy the journey and the delights it brings.

UK – Malted Barley & Sourdough A deep, malty milk chocolate ganache, topping a nutty malted praline with crunchy sourdough crumbs.

Australia – Macadamia Gianduja Smooth, moreish gianduja made from deliciously delicate macadamias blended with white chocolate.

Costa Rica – Costa Rica Coffee Praline Rich Ecuadorian dark chocolate praline, whipped with freshly ground seasonal Costa Rican coffee beans from Square Mile Coffee.

Indiana, USA- Popcorn Ganache A rich, creamy and surprising white chocolate ganache, infused with salted popcorn, encased in milk chocolate.12-choc-atumn-collection-boxcrpThe Autumn collection is available in Rococo stores and online now, in 12 and 4 choc boxes £17.95 and £6.50 and loose in store too at £13.50 per 100g.

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The BFG – Enjoy the Movie – Munch the Chocolate

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To coincide with the release of Disney’s adaptation of Roald Dahl’s ‘The BFG’ directed by Steven Spielberg, the talented chocolatiers at Rococo Chocolates have been hard a work creating a very special bar inspired by this story.

This mouth-watering 30% cocoa white chocolate bar is based on the BFG’s favourite whizzpopping beverage, Frobscottle, and his most loathsome snack of Snozzcumbers, playing with the fresh summer flavours of mint, cucumber, strawberry and raspberry.  The creamy white chocolate is a two-tone pink and green cocktail of fruity flavours.

The good news is that there are more to come.  Many of Roald Dahl’s stories had a formative influence on Chantal Coady OBE, owner and creative director of Rococo Chocolates, and her life in chocolate.  To celebrate Roald Dahl 100, Roald Dahl’s centenary year, Rococo Chocolates have created a range of chocolate bars based on six other books too.  Each one is inspired by the genius of Roald Dahl, the world’s No. 1 storyteller, and will be available in Rococo shops soon. Watch this space!!

The bar retails at £5.50

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Let’s take a sneak preview of Christmas 2016

christmas2jpg christmas2The elves in the Rococo chocolate kitchen have been working overtime creating wonderful Christmas treats for the whole family. Star act for those difficult to buy for men or Grandma who likes a sneaky puff, is the new Smoky Cigar Collection.

You can rely on Rococo for mouthwatering festive flavours, seriously large hampers, fun figurines and quirky small stocking fillers, all hand-crafted to make a real impression on that special person receiving your Christmas gift. 

 

Christmas Cigars

Here is one for Dad, Grandad or the odd cigar smoking aunt!

A solid 65% cocoa Rococo house blend dark chocolate cigar, with Islay whisky-soaked cocoa nibs, pistachios, orange peel, star anise and sea salt.  Each festive cigar is dusted in cocoa powder, dipped in wafer crumb ‘ashes’ and packed in a cigar tube.

30g, £9.95

 

Christmas Bars

New this year – Gingerbread – to add a milk chocolate bar to these ever popular seasonal perennials.

 

Gingerbread

40% cocoa house blend milk chocolate spiced with a blend of ginger, cinnamon, orange and nutmeg.

Morello Cherry

65% cocoa house blend dark chocolate with Morello cherry pieces.

Gold, Frankincense & Myrrh

65% cocoa house blend dark chocolate with Frankincense oil, orange oil for sweetness and gold leaf.

Christmas Pudding

65% cocoa house blend dark chocolate spiced with cloves and cinnamon, with cognac soaked raisins and caramelised almonds.

70g, £5.50 each

 

Christmas Artisan Bar Set

All four Christmas bars tied together with a pretty ribbon for the perfect hostess present!

280g, £20

 

Christmas Gigabites

Now, you will not go wrong with this as a present, a seriously large bar of chocolate, perfect for sharing as well. It comes in 3 flavours.

 

Morello Cherry, Pistachio & Sea Salt

65% cocoa house blend dark chocolate with Morello cherry pieces, whole pistachio nuts and sea salt

Gingerbread

40% cocoa house blend milk chocolate spiced with a blend of ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and orange

Moroccan Mint

65% cocoa house blend dark chocolate with mint

400g, £19.50 each

 

Christmas Lollies

Lollies make great stocking fillers and they also work a treat as place setting decorations, just attach a name tag.

 

Gingerbread Boy & Girl

40% cocoa house blend milk chocolate with gingerbread spices (a blend of ginger, cinnamon, orange and nutmeg), decorated with white chocolate

Polar Bear

White chocolate with dark and milk chocolate decoration and a red Christmas hat.

Angel

White chocolate and milk caramel chocolate with dark chocolate decoration.

20g, £3.50 each.  All lollies are backed with a Christmas cocoa butter transfer.

 

 

Christmas Gift Bags

Delicacies in a bag, just right for when you relax after a marvellous Christmas dinner.

 

Dark Chocolate Morello Cherries

Whole Morello cherries covered in single origin Ecuadorian chocolate

Packed in bag with ribbon, 200g, £9.95

Festive Broken Chocolate

65% cocoa house blend dark chocolate with orange, cranberry and cinnamon

Packed in bag with ribbon, 150g, £7.95

 

 

Figurines

What would Christmas be without Santa and Christmas trees? These hand painted ones make for wonderful table decorations – delicious but they are almost too beautiful to eat!

 

Santa on a Lambretta

Milk chocolate made from Rococo’s organic house blend with thin white chocolate layer, hand painted Santa on gold lambretta

£28

Nutcracker

Milk chocolate made from Rococo’s organic house blend with thin white chocolate layer, hand painted red nutcracker

£34

Build Your Own Christmas Tree

Dark chocolate made from Rococo’s organic house blend build-your-own Christmas tree

£35

Hand Painted Christmas Tree

Dark chocolate made from Rococo’s organic house blend Christmas tree

£28

 

Christmas Hampers

The ultimate chocolate gift – a hamper full of Rococo goodies. There are two sizes available:

 

Small Christmas Hamper

Containing:

Cinnamon Almonds

Drinking Chocolate bag

Two Christmas Artisan Bars

Large gold coin

Orange, Cinnamon & Cranberry broken chocolate

£45

 

Large Christmas Hamper

Containing:

Large Union Jack mixed selection box

Cinnamon almonds

Orange, Cinnamon & Cranberry broken chocolate

Turkish Delight

Mint Wafers

Two Christmas Artisan Bars

Drinking Chocolate bag

Two Christmas lollies

£100

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Available in store and online, both presented in Rococo wicker hampers tied with fat red Rococo ribbon.

All products to be available in store and online from 1st November 2016

Information and images please contact: Britta at [email protected]

Rococo is off Round the World again with their Summer Flavours

Enjoy the sensory journey!

IMG-20160616-WA0002The 2016 Summer Collection from Rococo Chocolates carry you off to exciting places; you can almost feel the sun and smell the fruit in these delicious ganaches. The inspiration for these flavours reflects all four continents exploring and incorporating local delicacies of the season.

Lychee & Thai Lime (Thailand, Asia)

This is an unusual combination of Thai lime zest and Madagascan dark ganache, with fruity lychee undertones.

Piña Colada (Australia, Australasia)

Coconuts and pineapples both fruit during the summer months, so Rococo whipped them up into a refreshing Piña Colada jelly with coconut cubes.

Huckleberry Pie (Montana, North America)

Ripe blueberries make delicious pies.  Here’s the Rococo version – fruity blueberry jelly and ganache, topped with a sable disc.

Honey & Sea Salt Caramel (Wales, Europe)

Pembrokshire’s summer bees collect nectar from wild blackberries and coastal gorse.  This luscious caramel balances Coedcanlas honey and Halen Mon sea salt in a milk chocolate dome. This chocolate won a Gold Medal at the recent Academy of Chocolate awards…

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The ganaches are available loose in all Rococo shops now, £135/kg.  Boxes of 4 choc (£6.95) and 12 choc (£17.50) will be available in store and online from 1st July.

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