As I am a complete sweet-tooth I jumped at the invitation to spend an evening surrounded by all things chocolate at the official launch of Coco Kitchen‘s new chocolate workshops and cafe space.
When after-hours workshops at their teeny original shop, I Should Coco on Fore Street, proved popular, owners Kevin and Andrea decided to expand around the corner onto Tregenna Place and open Coco Kitchen to run bespoke artisan chocolate workshops for adults, families and groups.
When I arrived the kids were already getting started making chocolate lollipops and they were so good at piping chocolate onto the design they had chosen I feared making a fool of myself. But workshop leader Becky was friendly and patient and the whole process was very therapeutic. I chose to pipe a seashell design in white chocolate, waiting for it to set before flooding it with milk chocolate and then – my favourite part and decorating the back with a selection of sweets.
Whilst I was waiting for my creation to set in the fridge I sampled the amazing fresh cream truffles created by the team especially for the event and sold in the shop. I got chatting to owner Kevin who told me he and wife Andrea moved to St Ives ten years ago: selling their house in Edinburgh, packing their two kids into the car and driving until they found somewhere they liked! He tells me they stopped in places in Dorset and Devon but didn’t really click with anywhere but fortunately St Ives was a winner as there wasn’t much further to go.
Kevin also had a tour around the tardis-like upstairs of the business where there is space for making and packing. The cafe space was actually an add-on to the workshop when lots of parents wanted to stay while their kids got stuck into making items in a family friendly space with toddler toys, free babychinos for under fives and (of course) hot chocolate and brownies to die for.
All that was left was to wrap and ribbon my creation and head home happy.
Feature by Suz Inman of mightier.co.uk