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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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.

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