I love good chocolate, and Coco makes some great chocolate!
I came in here after my coffee adventure just two doors down, and when I was told that the hot chocolate they make (which sounded fantastic) came from here, I had to check it out.
The store is small, but everything inside looked amazing. I really just wanted to buy as much as possible. However, I restrained myself to dark chocolate almonds (because nuts and chocolate are the best combination), chocolate chili discs (because chocolate and chili are the second best combination), and a package of cardamom and cinnamon hot chocolate mix (because I'm addicted to anything with cardamom).
I haven't tried the discs or the hot chocolate, but if they are anywhere close to the perfection the almonds were, I'm not worried at all. And if it is perfection, it turns out they do mail order, so I know I can still have access even if I live hundreds of miles away.
Could Broughton Street possibly get any better? It turns out, it can, with the newly opened Coco on Broughton.
Coco's have their original store in Bruntsfield, aptly named 'Coco of Bruntsfield'. Luckily(ish) it's not somewhere I normally pass on a day-to-day basis and if I ever wanted any Coco chocolate (which I often do) I'd have to take a wee trip across the Meadows. You can read my original review of if here: yelp.co.uk/biz/coco-of-b…
But after wandering out of Artisan Roast one sunny Sunday, chance would have it I looked right, down the hill, instead of back up and spied the Coco sign which I know too well. "Weneedtogotherenow!!!!" I said (perhaps that had something to do with the 2 cups of Artisan coffee.)
It turns out it had opened that very day. Much like it's Bruntsfield counterpart, it's quite snug inside although perhaps has a little more floor space. There is a small bench that you can sit / perch at for a tea, coffee or one of their flagship hot chocolates (made with real, crushed chocolate).
All their usual produce is there. And if you don't know what I mean by usual produce, or can't hear the sarcasm in my pixels when I type 'usual', I actually mean all that is holy, good, right, sumptuous, decadent, delicious, and quite frankly orgasmic in the world of chocolate. Coco make their own chocolate and it's really exceptional. I tried a little taster of their dark chocolate summer special: lemon and thyme. Forget the overly sweetened lemon that is normally mixed with white chocolate for a sickly sweet lemony hit. This was dark, brooding, lingering on the tongue and whilst I couldn't actually taste thyme per se, the addition of it definitely helped mellow out the tanginess of the lemon without the need for additional sweetness. Wow.
I managed to resist buying anything, but if I ever want a chocolate treat such as lavendar and milk hot chocolate I now know that Coco's isn't too far away from some of my regular haunts. So happy to see this great store with amazing produce opening on one of my favourite streets in the city.
Attended this cosy little shop for the first time for the Qype event. I really liked the off kilter decoration and it had a very warm, cosy atmospherealthough it was a little on the small side.
The general manager took our event and she was incredibly knowledgeable about her products, the store and the historical connection behind chocolate. Fantastic presentation skills too. Good job!
We tried various pieces of chocolate, ranging from the base chocolate to the cacao nibs to Cadburys. Trust me, it is surprising how noticeable the difference between 'real' chocolate and Cadburys is!!
I will definitely be back here as Cocos provide a niche product which would go down well as a treat/gift.
4 Badger stars.
I attended a qype event here recently and WOW if you love chocolate this is the place for you. I had no idea that your run of the mill chocolate is made with vegetable fat (yuk) which is what gives you the coating on your mouth. Of course, Coco's chocolate is made with cocoa butter instead which melts at body temperature and is much better for you. We also tried some standard chocolate and then their own chocolate the difference was amazing.
I am normally a fan of dark chocolate but since the event, I have honestly not been able to stop thinking of how amazing the white chocolate was. I would totally recommend their hot chocolate too the rose and black pepper was so good!
The shop also looks beautiful and a great place to buy a gift or stop for a hot chocolate.
I'll be back soon again for a chocolate fix! :-)
Great Qype event at Coco on Broughton Street. Ten would be connoisseurs, eyes aglow with the childlike delight only chocolate brings, learnt all about chocolate tonight! :o)
From the growing of the cocoa bean itself right up to the difference between commercially produced and real chocolate, we were exposed to a world of chocolate I never knew existed and can't quite understand why I never did.
The chocolate is superb, so many different flavours to try. Our host was lovely, with an extraordinary knowledge of chocolate, answering all our questions and entertaining us with chocolatey tales.
I can't guarantee I'll never again grab a bar of whatever's handy but I have a much better appreciation for real chocolate and the skill and processes that are involved and I'm much more willing to pay the extra pennies for some good proper chocolate. You wouldn't believe the difference!
I'd never been to coco before but I can definitely say I'm coming back! :o)
A great night was had by all who attended the Chocolate Connoisseurs Qype evening.
We learnt all about the background and history of chocolate with numerous tastings to distinguish the differences between different types of chocolate and how to actually taste it (yes there is an art to it, with some people actually being able to distinguish the country of origin just from the taste!). We were also given our very own Chocolate Connoisseur Certificate at the end of the evening.
As someone who isn't a big fan of dark chocolate, usually finding it too bitter, I was pleasantly surprised to find it doesn't always have to be bitter and is actually rather nice I have been converted! My favourite flavour though, and something I would have been unlikely to try had I not attended this event, was certainly the rose milk chocolate which was divine, melted in your mouth and reminded me of Turkish Delight. We also tried some hot chocolate which was truly amazing and I will certainly be popping back in to try some more of these and work my way through the flavours.
The shop is pretty tiny but packs so much deliciousness into it and in addition to the tasty chocolate, the packaging is gorgeous too. There are a few seats available for those who want to sit in and sample the hot chocolate, space is limited but you can always buy a box of the hot chocolate to make at home too so you can have it whenever you wish.
I'm looking forward to my next visit already :-)
I had the genuine pleasure of attending one of COCO's tasting evenings in their new Broughton Shop, and am pleased to report that I walked away from it richer in both knowledge and stomach contents. The instruction was skilled, the tastings well spaced and timed, and the chocolate was, of course, plentiful.
We were treated to the entire spectrum of chocolate, from raw 'nibs' and a hunk of cocoa butter, to highly refined and polished (apparently, yes) finished product. There was plenty of exposure to 'inferior' chocolate, and we left with a keen eye for the dual coco demons of sugar crystallisation and heat bloom (woe-betide anyone who attempts to pass a substandard product off on THIS Qyper).
Since our class, we have already returned for a hot chocolate (namely the fiery chilli blend) and plan on making this shop a regular haunt when venturing over to Broughton street. Not cheap, but highly recommended for all who claim to appreciate the finer pleasures Edinburgh has to offer!
Heading along to the qype event at coco on brought on street I was filled with a mixture of excitement and slight nerves (I love chocolate but have never enjoyed the darker variety). The next hour or so passed in a haze of chocolate glory, with samples of the most amazing hot chocolate I have ever tasted followed by a history of chocolate and more eating! We compared coco's chocolate with more famous branded bars and there is no comparison! I will never be buying cheap brands again-much better for my taste buds and waistline to spend a little more on a smaller quantity of real chocolate. All in all a great night and I'm only upset that the credit card machine wasn't yet working so I wasn't able to buy anything but I will definitely be back!
Coco specialises in Handmade, Luxury Organic Chocolate. All recipes and artwork are created in house, making the finished product completely original and unique Coco. All designs are patented to ensuring a unique, one of a kind product to customers.
Coco is an artisan chocolatier, tempering in small batches on marble slabs. All chocolate is also packed by hand, arriving in store weekly, fresh from the ktichen.
Coco has a large selection of Gluten Free products. All bars, Broken Slabs, Gift Boxes and Drinking Chocolate are suitable for a gluten free diet. All dark chocolate in the range is suitable for vegans (including 9 flavours of drinking chocolate).
Coco's famous Connoisseur Evenings have been educating Edinburgh on what 'Real Chocolate' is made of for the past 6 years and continue to sell our 6 weeks in advance. Coco also runs monthly Chocolate Schools, Corporate Events, Children's Parties and Hen Parties.
Established in 2004.
Coco Chocolate was established in 2004 with the opening of Coco of Bruntsfield, as well as a tiny kitchen in Bruntsfield. Coco outgrew the small kitchen in 2007 and in early 2008 moved to a larger unit at the Midlothian Innovation Centre.
2011 saw the opening of Coco of Broughton, the second boutique in Edinburgh.
Rebecca hails from Sydney, Australia, but trained as a chocolatier in Lyon, France after gaining a degree in Design in London. She eventually started her business in Edinburgh and put the skills together to create a visually dynamic brand, with packaging as beautiful as the chocolates inside.
Rebecca is currently back in Australia, developing Coco in her hometown. There are two boutiques: Coco of Kirribilli and Coco on the Mews as well as brand new harbour side kitchen.
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