Rococo was founded in March 1983 by Chantal Coady. Armed with a little knowledge, a dangerous passion for chocolate and a belief that there was room for a radically different approach to chocolate, she decided to open a shop in the King’s Road. 25 years later, the author of three books about chocolate, Coady still pushes forward to boundaries of chocolate retailing
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Since I was familiar with two of the bars, I decided to go with the new bar first. It is the Rococo Artisan Chili Pepper Bar from the UK. It is an organic 65% bar that is incredibly creamy. It tells you right on the wrapper that it contains a high percentage of cocoa butter and you can tell by the mouthfeel. This chocoalte bar uses birds eye chili pepper (aka chili padi), which is a well-known Thai pepper. It has a relatively strong heat intensity, which definitely shows in this bar!!
When I put a piece of the chocolate next to my nose I could smell the chili pepper, but when I put it in my mouth that was all I could feel. The heat quickly overtook my mouth and not a crevice was left untouched. This baby is HOT. What about the chocolate? Well, it is very creamy, but I don’t know anything about the taste. The heat of the chili overpowered my mouth so much that I couldn’t taste anything else. The heat lingered in my mouth long after the bar left. If you like heat, then this is the bar for you. I can’t recommend it for the chocolate.
Nirvana Spicy Aztec
The Gluttonous Gardener has always enjoyed working with small specialist suppliers and has devised various products in conjunction with Rococo over the last fifteen years. Pigs in pear trees, Rose boxes and Truffle lovers kits were some of the odder early products devised by Chantal and Ned the respective owners. The high quality of all Rococo products together with the quirky and stylish packaging is a natural marriage with The Gluttonous Gardener ethos. The Gluttonous Gardener have become well known over the years for their imaginative range of gifts that combine high quality edibles and growables and are all beautifully hand packed in wooden crates which are delivered next day nationwide.