Specialist chocolate shop and cafe on cobbled Gandy Street
Chocoholics have been flocking to Gandy Street in Exeter since Dorset-based Chococo opened its third South West chocolate house in the city. Those crazy about cocoa and couverture have been seeking out the edible emporium, which is a fab place to eat, drink and delight in fine chocolate, in all its forms.
A shop visit is a chance to unleash your inner chocolate artist and fill a DIY box with a scrumptious selection of award-winning, fresh, handmade flavours, all brimming with South West ingredients and fine origin chocolate.
Classic delights range from treats for the connoisseur (single-origin chocolate bars) to imaginative, quirky explosions of favour and fun (chocolate fish and chips, dinosaurs and robots).
For a very unique and personal prezzie, look out for edible boxes of either Venezuelan origin milk chocolate or Madagascan dark chocolate, which you can fill with your choice of nine fresh chocolates. And don’t fret about gift wrapping. The Chococo team will turn your prezzie into a truely edible experience – the lucky recipient gets to eat the chocolate and then the box!
As an independent chocolate house, Chococo has been crafting chocolate since 2002. Set up by husband and wife team Andy and Claire Burnet, the couple have put local seasonal ingredients and no nasties (additives, preservatives or extra sugar) at the heart of their chocolate, alongside ethical sourcing.
‘Just as we care about the taste of our finished chocolates, we also care about the bigger picture, about the provenance of our ingredients, whether local or global, and about the people who produce them,’ says Claire.
The store isn’t just a great place to hang out if you want to indulge chocolately pangs of desire. Visitors like to sit a while to sip and sup on locally roasted Crankhouse coffee, a Devon cream tea and locally baked cakes.
Chococo, 22 Gandy Street, Exeter, Devon, EX4 3LS
Owners: Claire & Andy Burnet
- Kids welcome
- Gluten free options
- Online shopping available
International Chocolate Awards 2016 – two silver, two bronze
Academy of Chocolate Awards 2016 – gold, silver and bronze
Great Taste Awards – 38 golds
Chococo sells plenty of dark chocolate gifts which are naturally dairy and gluten free, so perfect for vegans.