Ahh, chocolate. It smells great, it tastes wonderful, it’s silky, rich, and melts in your mouth.
At Cococo Chocolatiers, we love chocolate! We are expert confectioners, manufacturers, and retailers of award-winning artisanal chocolates and purveyors of fine cocoa confectionery including Chocolaterie Bernard Callebaut® products.
We’re a team of talented confectioners, and our business is confectionery — we make delicious and award-winning treats using our own sustainable and fair trade couverture Belgian chocolate. Our chocolatiers make over 80 different recipes in our factory kitchen, many by hand, using simple ingredients like real cream and butter, and no artificial preservatives, and our own sustainable proprietary couverture chocolate. To date, we’ve won 21 International Chocolate Awards. And Cococo is capable of manufacturing and co-packing virtually any product containing chocolate as the primary or defining ingredient.
We know our chocolates are a part of many family traditions spanning generations, and we know our customers count on us to keep making their favourites, year after year, with the same quality and attention to detail that they have come to expect.
What is couverture chocolate?
Couverture chocolate is real chocolate, the finest quality of chocolate. Couverture contains added cocoa butter, which is the fat derived from the cocoa bean. It adds flavour complexity and melts easily in the mouth because cocoa butter melts at below body temperature. Cocoa butter is the most expensive ingredient in chocolate, which is why couverture chocolate is generally more expensive than other types of chocolate — because it contains extra cocoa butter.
What does the word Cococo mean?
Co means together, and Cococo’s three core values are Cocoa, Community, Confections. Our name reflects our values, as does our brand essence, “chocolate together”. So, what does Cococo mean? It means Chocolate Together: together in cocoa sourcing, together in community, together in confections. And what about the icon in our logo? Some people think it’s a flower or a paw print, and that’s fine with us. But it really represents a cross-section of a cocoa pod.
Why are cocoa sourcing and sustainability important?
We are committed to cocoa sourcing. That is why our proprietary couverture chocolate is made using third-party Rainforest Alliance Certified™ cocoa and cocoa butter, both of which are fully traceable. Other chocolate companies may say on their labels or in their marketing that their chocolate is made using sustainable cocoa, but what about the cocoa butter? What greater good is really being served when only a portion of the cocoa ingredients are sustainably sourced? It’s less bad, but not 100% good.
We strive to be sustainable and environmental in our practices—we only use couverture chocolate made with third-party Rainforest Alliance Certified™ cocoa and cocoa butter, both traceable and fairly traded, which helps drive positive change for West African farming communities. Cococo is also an active member of the World Cocoa Foundation and an original signatory of the Cocoa & Forests Initiative (CFI) to help prevent deforestation in cocoa-growing regions.
We believe chocolate is a food that requires all of us — consumers, industry, farmers, buyers, and sellers — to work collaboratively with the shared goal of improving cocoa sustainability across the supply chain. That’s chocolate together. We believe chocolate is a food that requires all of us — consumers, industry, farmers, buyers, and sellers — to work collaboratively with the shared goal of improving cocoa sustainability across the supply chain. That’s Chocolate Together.
In Victoria, find us at Broadmead Shopping Centre.