ROCOCO’S CHOCOLATE CAVIAR

Caviar and fine dark chocolate have long been associated with the Champagne Lifestyle.

Now Rococo has taken English caviar infused Cornish sea salt from the Exmore Caviar Company, and transformed the grains into subtly salted dark chocolate pearls*.

The result is an incredible umami experience, and it is a unique gift for the connoisseur, dinner party host or could be used to bring a unique chef-y twist to any dish, sweet or savoury.

Exclusive to Rococo, this caviar comes in a beautiful tin designed by Chantal Coady OBE, founder, owner and creative director of Rococo Chocolates.

Chantal said, “I am really excited about our latest innovation. It has been great fun working with the Exmoor Caviar Company who produce the very first truly British caviar, from sturgeons raised on Exmoor.”

*Fine single origin 75% Tanzanian chocolate.

The tin contains 45g & retails at £20.00

Launching at the Paris Salon du Chocolat,

October 27th – November 1st.

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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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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

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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Rococo-Potentino Chocolate Pop Up, London

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Two dates not to miss if you are a lover of good food, good wines and exquisite chocolate. April 28 and 2nd May:  a chocolate and wine tasting dinner/lunch pairing the wines of Castello di Potentino with fine chocolate from Rococo.

The menu, created by Chantal Coady OBE of Rococo and Charlotte Horton of Potentino, perfectly pairs authentic Italian flavours made with local Tuscan produce with award-winning Rococo chocolates hand made in London.  Each course is also matched with wine from Potentino.

Dolce –Salato Spring Menu

Burrata, Sprue, Beet, Tahini & Cocoa with Potentino Olive Oil & Chocolate Balsamic Glaze

Caponnata of Aubergine, Pine Nuts, Raisins & Chocolate

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Quail with Wild Fennel Pollen

Fennel Braised with Citrus & 33% Madagascan Milk chocolate

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Bitter leaf Salad

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71% Grenada Savoury Chocolate Ganache

w Olive Oil, Garlic & Chilli

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Local Tuscan cheeses with assorted chocolate thins

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Tea or Coffee with Rococo Spring Couture Collection Ganaches

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A selection of Potentino wines with each dish

Chocolate Dinner & Wine Pairing

 

Thursday 28th April Dinner & Monday (Bank Holiday) Lunch 2nd May

POP-UP RESTAURANT at The London Sketch Club, 7 Dilke St, Chelsea SW3 4JE

Rococo Chocolates & Castello di Potentino

To book – [email protected]

Cost £65.00 per person

Booking is essential as spaces are limited.

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Note to Editors:

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 four 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.

About Potentino:

This ancient castle is built on an Etruscan site. It lies in a secret valley in one of the last undiscovered corners of Tuscany – Monte Amiata. The medieval building is surrounded by unspoilt countryside, dotted with the vines and the ancient olive trees used for the estate’s small production of high quality wine,grappa and oil.

Bought and restored in 2000 by the Greene family, today the castle is operating as a dynamic cultural centre. Ideal as an off-season travel venue, it hosts guests, events and weddings all year round.

Charlotte Horton has been making award-winning wines in Tuscany for over 20 years. Before moving to Italy, she worked for Vogue Magazine, the Secker & Warburg publishing house and subsequently as afreelance journalist. In 2013, she was recognized as one of the Barclay’s Women of Achievement.

 

OFFICIAL – ROCOCO BEST IN THE WORLD

IMG_5478It was a very proud moment for Chantal Coady OBE, owner and creative director of Rococo Chocolates, and Barry Johnson, principal chocolatier at Rococo Chocolate when they were presented with Gold medals for two of their delicious products from the International Chocolate Awards during The Chocolate Show.

International Chocolate Awards   –   Gold Best in the World                      

Dark Cardamom Bar

Mandarin and Tonka Caramel

And it did not stop there a silver medal was also awarded for the

Spice Island Bar

During the show there were other challenges and again Rococo proved a force to be reckoned with, Barry’s praline cigar won 2nd place in the:

Great British Spice Chocolate Challenge

2nd place     –     Hazelnut, orange and Lebkuchen spiced praline cigar.

Chantal and Barry would like to offer their congratulations to Zara Snell who, at only 19 years old, won the Spice Challenge a great achievement. Well Done! She is surely one to watch!

And not only is Rococo producing the best chocolate, they are also the fastest – proved so well by Sam Smallman, retail and events manager, in the truffle rolling competition which he won convincingly.

A great end to a very successful Chocolate Week

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Rococo Chocolates helps raise awareness for The Global Goals – for Sustainable Developments

Rococo Artisan Bar GLOBAL GOALSChantal Coady OBE, founder, owner and creative director of Rococo Chocolates was inspired by Amanda Mackenzie’s (of www.project-everyone.org) call to action. The simple but mighty ambition of Project Everyone is to share their 17 global goals with seven billion people in seven days.

For the UN launch of Global Goals 2015 on Friday September 25th, Rococo Chocolates have paired their 17 artisan organic chocolate bars with the 17 Global Goals to help raise awareness for this fantastic worldwide campaign.

Chantal: “All of the 17 Global Goals are close to my heart. The big scary one is to end poverty by 2030 and to do this all the other goals will need to be achieved. If I had to pick three to highlight, it would be #5 Gender Equality, #4 Quality Education and #10 Reduced Inequalities.”

NOTES

On September 25th 2015, 193 world leaders, including the Pope, will meet in New York to commit to 17 Global Goals to achieve three extraordinary things in the next 15 years. To end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and fix climate change. The Global Goals for Sustainable Development could get these things done. In all countries. For all people.

 #globalgoals #Action2015

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LUCKY 13 – Academy of Chocolate awards 2015

Rococo Chocolates receive thirteen medals in a year which has seen more entries than ever before, The Academy of Chocolate has awarded Rococo Chocolates 4 Gold, 4 Silver and 5 Bronze medals; the most awards ever received in one year by Rococo Chocolates. This reflects the attention to detail and dedication to quality by Barry Johnson, Rococo’s Principal Chocolatier, and his team. Huge congratulations for this outstanding result.

 

“I am absolutely delighted with this crop of medals which reflect so beautifully the breadth of our Rococo Chocolates range.

 

From our Rococo Couture Collection with our new single origin ganaches, hand made by the gifted principal chocolatier Barry Johnson and his team, to our Artisan chocolate bars from our Choc-A-Porter Collection. I am especially proud of our Gru Grococo 2014 vintage single estate bar made from the beans grown on our very own cocoa farm in Grenada” said Chantal Coady OBE.

 

In the words of the Academy of Chocolate press release, “Rococo ruled the roost in the Best Filled Chocolate – Plain category, taking home three Gold awards for its Single Origin Peru Ganache, Single Origin Dominican Republic Ganache and Single Origin Chuao Ganache.” A fair comment after taking all of the gold medals in this category!

 

The awards were given for a number of different categories.  Here is the medal line up.

 

GOLD

Single Origin Peru Ganache

Single Origin Dominican Republic Ganache

Single Origin Chuao Ganache

Mandarin & Tonka Bean Caramel

 

SILVER

Cardamom Organic Dark Chocolate Artisan Bar

Anglesey Sea Salt Caramel Ganache

Pear Williams Caramel

Drinking Chocolate Tin

 

BRONZE

GruGrococo Organic Dark Chocolate Artisan Bar

Peru 63% Cocoa Dark Chocolate Artisan Bar

Morello Cherry Dark Chocolate Artisan Bar

Crunchy Hazelnut Praline

Pistachio, Hazelnut & Almond Praline

Rococo chocolates would like to thank The Academy of Chocolate and all the Judges for their hard work and dedication to real chocolate.

 

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