Husband and wife team Andy & Claire Burnet started Chococo in December 2002 making fresh handmade chocolate from locally sourced seasonal ingredients. The couple left their corporate marketing and finance jobs in London after their daughter was born and moved to Swanage in Dorset to be near Andy's family and to pursue a new business venture. A huge change of direction for them both, born from Claire's love of fine quality chocolate and passion for flavour.

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The story behind Chococo


The couple started off in a little backstreet unit in Swanage, that was previously a 1960s hairdressers. They turned the ground floor into a tiny chocolate kitchen with a viewing window so that customers could watch them in action making all their delicious chocolates by hand - which meant the shop had to go upstairs! They were determined to make all the chocolates themselves to show customers that they were real people, making real chocolates in a real place. That determination to "keep it real" is still the same today.


Continuous growth over the years meant they acquired more units in the alley for a packing room and a bigger kitchen, which enabled them to move the shop downstairs during 2005. From there they opened a small chocolate cafe next door to the shop in 2009 - but still with not enough space, they moved the production side the following year to a larger unit in Wareham, 10 miles up the road from Swanage. 2011 saw the publishing of the Chococo Chocolate Cook Book and in 2013 the opening of the Winchester Chocolate House; followed by the Exeter Chocolate House in 2016. If that wasn't enough, the Swanage cafe expanded into the unit next door in early 2018, and then immediately afterward in April opened in Horsham too! Not least, 2019 saw the launch of Chococo's award winning Gelato!

We think that's a pretty impressive journey!

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    Ethical chocolate freshly made in Dorset
    Chococo is an independent artisan chocolate brand with a passion for using fresh, local, seasonal ingredients and fine single origin chocolate to create delicious handmade chocolate treats.

    Why I Love Chococo

    Chococo has great heritage as a chocolate brand, producing chocolate for over 20 years, but it has only come onto our radar recently due to the great improvements it is making to its packaging. We love its plastic free tubes, tins and boxes, and clever shapes and flavours. A fun addition to our range - and I can confirm the goldfish are especially delicious!

    Green Tulip Founder