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

ROCOCO IS POPPING UP IN THE CITY

clip_image002Lucky City dwellers, shoppers and workers can now get Rococo chocolates on their doorstep. Rococo is opening a kiosk at One New Change EC4M 9AF on Monday 9th November.

The Kiosk will have a selection of products including Couture, bars and Choc-a-porter. There will not be a couture counter but a selection of pre-packed boxes (award –winners, seasonal etc.) will be available. So if you need a quick gift for a dinner party you know where to come!

And that is not all Rococo will also be serving hot chocolate, coffee and tea.

To begin the kiosk will be open Monday to Friday 8.30 to 18.30. Week-end openings will be decided later

More exciting news to follow in the New Year! Watch this space.

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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.

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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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Have a Harrowing Halloween with Rococo Chocolates

IMG_20150918_142214Wednesday 28th October- Goblin Blood making workshop –

Join Sam Smallman, Rococo’s tasting expert and event manager, for a gruesome delve into creating this disgusting delicacy of a drink. Using suspiciously healthy looking ingredients and of course chocolate, Sam will show your children how to create this bothersome beverage as well as starting with the drink’s odious origins- £20 per person 2pm-4.30pm

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Friday 30th October- Frankenstein’s Blind Fold Tasting-

Join Sam for his most disgusting pairing yet. Are you ready to see what chocolate brings out the best in brains? What is enticing with eyeballs or tasty with tongue? – Not suitable for vegetarians- £20 per person 2pm-4.30pm

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Saturday 31st October- Port, Chocolate and Ghost Stories –

What better way to spend Halloween night than sharing a port, sampling a chocolate and jumping out of your seat. Join Sam as he invites guest readers to present Tales of Terror from Edgar Allan Poe, M.R. James, Neil Gaiman and others. £35.00 per person. 7pm-9.00pm

All events at 5 Motcomb St Belgravia.

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Rococo Scores a Hat Trick in the Great Taste Awards

20150809_141231Rococo Chocolates are pleased to announce that Barry Johnson, Principal chocolatier and his team has been honoured with three awards in the 2015 taste Awards. Very well done to them.

There were 10,000 Great Taste entries this year and of those products only 130 have been awarded a 3-star, 597 received a 2-star and 2,382 were awarded a 1-star accolade. And to cap it all the Kalamansi is in the top 50 products out of the 10,000 entered.

The awards are given stars and this is what the stars stand for:

1 = Really great taste. Totally delicious

2 = Almost perfect. Keep going back for more and more

3 = Mind blowingly amazing. Perfect in every way

Kalamansi Lime Caramel – awarded 3 stars and here is some of what the judges had to say:

Beautiful finish and attractive presentation. Not too sweet, with a good zing from the lime. Good balance of chocolate with caramel and lime. Delightful appearance. Excellent cacao aroma. The shell is beautifully made. The Kalamansi character comes across well. Great balance with the light caramel. The finish is clean but with delightful long fruity notes both from the cacao and the filling – a well judged balance.

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Blackcurrant Marshmallow – awarded 2 stars and the comments were:

Glorious highly inviting colour. The blackcurrant flavour is evident and tangy. Good natural flavour with no synthetic edge. The silky smooth mouthfeel is contrasted by the addition of whole blackcurrants. The consistency is akin to that of a well sprung mattress. Attractive colour and appearance. Pretty colour. Good sharp blackcurrant flavour and a pleasant texture.

Salted Chocolate Toffee & Crunchy Praline – awarded 1 star and this is what they said:

Good quality chocolate, well formed. The chocolate shell has a good snap. The praline is well flavoured and has a pleasant crunch with a nutty flavour.

Available from Rococo Shops and website.

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ROCOCO CHOCOLATES ARTISAN BAR COLLECTION

Rococo Artisan Bar Styling smlFrom opening London’s first real chocolate shop on the Kings Road almost 35 years ago to being awarded the first OBE for Services to Chocolate, Chantal Coady and Rococo are always striving for perfection in both taste and presentation.  Their Artisan Bars, some of the most popular products in their large range, have been given a makeover to make them look and taste even more scrumptious.

With this relaunch Rococo are using more beans from their Grenadian cocoa farm in their house blend, which also contains beans from Tanzania, Dominican Republic and Peru. This has created a smooth and toasty chocolate with fruity notes. The milk chocolate bars now contain almost 10% more cocoa for a richer 40% blend.

This award-winning range of Artisan Bars celebrates Rococo’s history. From classic flavours to exotic influences, each bar in this iconic collection is a reflection of Chantal’s diverse experiences and adventures in far flung locations. Rococo hopes you will enjoy their chocolates as much as Chantal has enjoyed their creation and design.

We asked Chantal which flavours were her favourite for this season: This is what she said: “For the summer it has to be Milk Sea Salt first, as that was inspired walking along a beach in Cornwall back in 1999, followed by the White Cardamom which is so exotic, zingy and not overly sweet as white chocolate can be.”

On the inside of the packaging you will find the Rococo story and lots of useful information on the bars and the farm in Grenada.

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The new look Artisan Bars retail at £4.95 and weigh 70g. There are 17 delicious flavours.

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Note to editors.

Rococo Chocolates has just launched their very first ice cream range using their award winning organic chocolates which mirror the most popular Artisan Bar flavours. So if you find it too hot for chocolate you don’t have to miss out you can enjoy the ice cream instead! 8 delicious flavours.

HOW COOL IS THIS?

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Rococo Chocolates is launching their very first ice cream range using their award winning organic chocolates which mirror the most popular Artisan Bar flavours. So if you find it too hot for chocolate, then you can have the ice cream instead. There are eight exciting flavours in two sizes. A generous one scoop which will come in a 100ml sealed tub, and 3 scoops which will be a 250ml tub. Perfect to eat sitting in the sun and a great addition to any dinner party!

The 8 deliciously smooth flavours are:

ICE CREAM

Cardamom & Pistachio White Chocolate

Anglesey Sea Salt Milk Chocolate

Honeycomb Crunch Milk Chocolate

Mint Dark Chocolate

Basil & Persian Lime Dark Chocolate

Crystallised Ginger Dark Chocolate

SORBET

Raspberry Sorbet (sorry – no chocolate)

Dark Chocolate Sorbet

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The ice creams will be in the 3 London Stores by early June. The generous one scoop 100 ml tub cost £3.50 and the three scoop 250ml tub £7.50.

Ice & Slice by Shot, in Fulham London are making the ices exclusively for Rococo using Rococo’s award winning organic chocolates. Chantal Coady OBE, founder and creative director of Rococo chocolates said about this cooperation. “ It’s so exciting to have found the perfect ice cream partner in Ice & Slice as for a while now we have been dreaming of making our own artisan ice creams based on the Rococo flavours. They are all excellent but my favourites are the pistachio, the crystallised ginger and the Basil & Persian lime. The dairy free chocolate sorbet is sumptuous: so creamy it is hard to believe there is no cream in it!

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Notes to Editors on Rococo Chocolate

Rococo Chocolates is the foremost London luxury artisan chocolatier and organic cocoa farmer on the Caribbean island of Grenada. Founded in 1983 by Chantal Coady – Britain’s top chocolate authority and trail blazer of the new “British School of Chocolate” bringing quirky design, craftsmanship, engaged ethics, provenance, pleasure and a certain wit. Rococo is still a 100% family owned business.

Chantal was awarded the OBE for her services to Chocolate in 2014 – the first time such an award had been given for chocolate.

Notes to Editors on Ice and Slice

Ice & Slice is a new project by the talented team behind Shot Espresso, the café and aperitif bar near Fulham Broadway. ​Their gelato is made daily combining premium ingredients like Yeo Valley organic milk and double cream, Sicilian pistachios roasted to order, and whole fruit.

Ice & Slice’s quest for the perfect chocolate on which to base their dark chocolate gelato led them to Rococo. What began as wholesale supply became a full blown love affair when the Rococo team tasted the first batch!

The next step was getting Rococo’s head chocolatier together with the Ice & Slice gelatiers and letting the magic happen. The result was gelato flavours to faithfully evoke the taste of Rococo’s unique, award winning chocolates.

 

Chantal Coady OBE, founder & Creative Director of Rococo Chocolate announces the launch of the Roald Dahl Collection.

Roly 045   Crocodile egg 006Coady is delighted to be working with the Dahl family on some very exciting new projects; the first of which are being launched this Easter. After “almost 50 years in gestation” The Crocodile Egg and the Roly-Poly Egg are hatching. Coady explains “Roald Dahl has always been a great inspiration to me, my dad brought the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory back from New York in the ‘60s when it was first published, and it’s been a formative influence on my life in chocolate ever since. This is an amazing project for Rococo to be working on and we are so pleased to have the exclusive license to produce chocolates for the Enormous Crocodile and so many of Dahl’s children’s titles. Later in the year we will produce the first Dahl chocolate bar library, featuring The BFG, The Twits, The Witches and James and the Giant Peach”

 

THE ENORMOUS CROCODILE EGG

We promise that no children were gobbled in the making of this egg, much to the greedy croc’s chagrin…

Open up the beautiful green foiled crocodile pattern milk chocolate shell and you will find six salt water baby green crocodiles* trying to escape/hatch. The 140g egg retails at £14.50 or you can buy two for £25.00

 

THE ROLY–POLY BIRD CHOCOLATE EGG

While trying to find a child to eat, the Enormous Crocodile has a go at the Roly-Poly bird. Happily she manages to escape with her life, but loses her tail feathers. She loves berries to eat, but can’t quite decide if she prefers strawberries or raspberries. The Roald Dahl ‘Roly-Poly Bird Egg’ from Rococo Chocolates gives you the best of both worlds – the choice of strawberries with milk chocolate in one half of the egg and raspberries with white chocolate and fizzing popping candy in the other. The white half of the shell is covered with the pink foil and the milk half with blue. The 150g egg is filled with delicious multi-coloured foiled milk chocolate eggs – and you don’t even have to go hunting for them! The ‘Roly-Poly Bird Egg’ retails at £14.50 or you can get two for £25.00.

Lovely presents to surprise and delight literary kids and their parents.

Less is more…

Happy Easter!

*The baby crocs are milk chocolate and have a pinch of Anglesey sea salt!!

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Glorious Gifts at a Press of a Button – Rococo and Rockflower Collaboration

RockflowerFlowers and chocolate is a classic combination. Ideal for gifts for so many occasions, so it was an obvious to Chantal Coady OBE, owner and founder of Rococo Chocolates, and Andrew McAlpine, owner and founder of Rockflower, to collaborate by combining their two products and make them available to shoppers at TFL stations.

In a recent Q & A session Chantal said: Chocolate and flowers are an obvious combination, although they have rather different requirements in terms of selling them: flowers need lots of water, chocolate needs climate control and a dry environment, so there are also plenty of challenges trying to sell them together. Andrew has a brilliant mind and way of innovating so that these obstacles are no longer problems, I love the sense of innovation that Rockflower delivers, and the fact that you can buy from them instantly, 24 hours a day, whenever you have a whim to get beautiful flowers or chocolates in fact.

And Andrew commented: 2015 will see Rockflower move into three, if not four, other TFL stations in and around London and with that I am very thrilled to know that we are moving into these new locations with Chantal and Rococo Chocolates, which is such a fine complement because the proof of the matter is that people already like this combination in Blackfriars and I think that when we’re in other high profile areas, we’re going to find that this works even better together.

No doubt we will be seeing more of this natural combination in weeks and month to come. They are perfect together for Valentines, for Mother’s Day and for Easter. In fact it is hard to find an occasion when they are not!

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Chantal Coady Collects Her OBE

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Chantal Coady, who was been made an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2014, has today collected her “gong”  from  HRH Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, at the investiture  at Buckingham Palace.

This the first time an OBE has been awarded for services to chocolate. Chantal’s involvement with chocolate goes back to 1983 when she opened her first chocolate shop, Rococo Chocolates, in London’s Kings Road.

Chantal remembering:: “The last time I got close to HM Queen Elizabeth II, was when she visited my school in Addis Ababa in 1965 on her Royal Tour (PIC), and while I always dreamed of chocolate and sweets, not in my wildest fantasies could I have imagined that I would be going to honoured in her Birthday Honours list and visiting Buckingham Palace for the investiture today. I am so proud to be the first person to have received this particular honour FOR SERVICES TO CHOCOLATE and want to thank all those people who have helped me along the way, and especially to my late great mentor Mott Green, founder of the Grenada Chocolate Company.”

Rococo now has 3 shops in London and one in the Northwest at the Chester Grosvenor and Rococo also jointly owns a cocoa farm in Grenada. Chantal and Rococo Chocolates continues to be the pioneering hub of the ‘New British School of Chocolate’

The OBE also recognizes Rococo Chocolates’ contributions to many charities over the years, not to mention its trail-blazing design, craftsmanship, engaged ethics, and the provenance and pleasure which this family-owned business brings to its customers.

Chantal is a Founder Member of the Academy of Chocolate.

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