Hansdpainted Santa 03Christmas would not be Christmas without Father Christmas, Santa Claus, or Saint Nicholas – whatever you call him.  This year Rococo Chocolates have created some delightful new figurines depicting him beautifully in all his splendour. And, of course, they have thrown in a jolly snowman for good measure.

The figurines are all made with Rococo’s house blend of milk chocolate, which contains cocoa beans from their own farm in Grenada.  All the hand-painted designs are created with natural colourings.

If you really want to make a statement on the table, and delight your children, then the huge hand-painted Father Christmas in his red costume, complete with gift sack, is for you He weighs 250g and retails at £29.95.

Sepia Santa and Child (4)

The more classical figure of Father Christmas with a happy little girl would be a welcome gift for any child. The figurine is made from milk chocolate and has hand painted white and dark chocolate touches.  It weighs 120g and retails at £15.95.

Snowman (1)

And the jolly snowman with his cheeky smile will surely be a favourite for little boys, it is made of white chocolate and has a hand painted scarf and hat. He weighs in at 120g and retails at £15.95.

The figurines will be available from the 4 Rococo shops, Belgravia, Chelsey, Marylebone and Chester as well as on the website from 17 November.

Bathing Beauties

Lush Designs Jungle bathroom         Lush Designs Ship bathroomThe new shower curtains with matching beakers and soap dish from Lush Design will make your bathroom feel like new again. There are three designs and three colours so you have a choice of the mood you are after.

The three designs are:

The Jungle design shower curtain will make your bathroom all exotic with its pattern of giant, possibly carnivorous plants in lovely pinks, reds and oranges.

The Ship design shower curtain will allow you to experience a life on the ocean wave, without the concomitant sea sickness. In fresh and breezy spearmint and teal blue and teaming with nautical activity, every shower will be a watery adventure.

The serenity of a river and the silent comings and goings of silvery fish are pictured on the Fish shower curtain. In a fresh neutral palette that will complement many bathroom decors.

Lush Designs fish bathroom lifestyle

The shower curtains retail at £58.75 and measure 185 x 195 cm

There is a choice of two designs in the beakers – so you know which one is yours! They retail at £24 for a single or you can buy a set complete with soap dish for £72.00. The soap dish on its own retails at £24.00

Pink beakers black washbasin

Note to editors

Lush Designs is the creation of Marie Rodgers and Maria Livings. They design and manufacture home wares and gifts which feature lovely print designs. They studied painting and printmaking at Maidstone Art College and evolved their business while working in the theatre and community arts after moving to South East London.

Chantal Coady Collects Her OBE

Chantal with OBE


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.