Monday, 31 December 2012

Cocoa staff do 2012!

Every year in Cocoa we like to treat ourselves (after we've treated everyone else) so this year our staff do was at the lovely Fired Arts cafe on Ecclesall road. We love it here because the staff are SO friendly, the atmosphere is so chilled out, it's a chance to be creative and the best bit is you get to take home your creations. We went on a Thursday evening, which is open late every week (always good to book though) and you are allowed to bring take out and a bottle of wine!

Action shot of our ladies...

Beth with her bowl

 Kitty with her fancy espresso cup

Sophie with her massive mug!

Holly with her bowl

 Action shot of Emily with her trinket box

 Kate hard at work on her Bear bowl

 Georgina painting her bear (bit of a theme)

Evie with her bowl

 And me (Anne) with my bear plate. We didn't plan to all paint so many bears it just happened!

 Bear close up.


 And the gang (missing a few ladies here)

Thursday, 13 December 2012

12 days till Christmas!

Only 12 days till Christmas, so here are my top 12 (in no particular order) Cocoa treats from the shop.

1. Turkish Delight in a beautiful keepsake tin. These have flown off the shelf this year!

2. Montezuma's Chilli & Lime Chocolate Snowballs, for a very zesty Christmas!

 3. Amazing stripey straws for your Christmas tipples! Or possibly the start of some Christmas craft?

4. The cutest praline snowmen, too cute to eat?

5. Italian Nougat at it's best. I'm a complete sucker for packaging but it's gorgeous!

 6. Rococo's Truffle pig box. (we call this our 'man present')

 7. Something I have failed to not eat, Brandy Butter truffles. I must have had about 10 (this week) so good luck buying any yourself!

 8. Proper comfort food, Panettone.

 9. Nutcracker Christmas decoration, I'm a big fan of the Sugar Plum Fairy.

 10. Our own Christmas tea, great for warming you up!

 11. Manderin Lemonade, great for Christmas dinner parties.

 12. The Cherry on top...Cherries soaked in Kirsh!

Which one will you pick?

Friday, 23 November 2012

Purple Tea Party for Neurocare

As part of Neurocare November, Cocoa wanted to celebrate in style and so we hosted a purple picnic chari-tea party. Neurocare raises money to buy equipment and resources for use in the neurology and neurosurgery department of Sheffield's Royal Hallamshire Hospital.

 I (Anne) discovered Neurocare’s work when my husband was diagnosed with a brain tumour back in 2007.  Thanks to the funding of the equipment, John survived and is now fighting fit. Here we are on the night.

So we filled Cocoa full of delicious and very purple delights (this is Neurocare's colour) and raised lots of money for the charity. Here are a few pictures of the night.

Kate in an array of purple.

Purple range in Cocoa.

We're having a party!

Tiny weeny cakes kindly made by my mother in law.

 Kate made an amazing berry trifle.

 Plum Cupcakes.

 Blueberry & Raspberry Cheescakes.

 Cocoa's Berry Nougat.

 Cherry & Berry Brownies.

Delicious berry Mousse.

Caramelised Onion, sun-dried tomatoes and feta tarts.


 Cheese board, with crackers grapes and red onion chutney.

 Vegetarian Sushi with plenty of beetroot to dye the rice purple!

 Purple Dip!

 Cocoa's Sweeties.


 Oh Yes please!


 Then to drink we had red wine & berry punch!


And what's a tea party without tea...we had Figgy Pudding tea, Cherry Blush &

Shepherd's Delight, our berry tea.

We had lots of fun and made even more mess, look at my kitchen!
Thanks for everyone that came and donated, you are all stars.

Thursday, 18 October 2012

All Treats no Tricks!

So it's that time of year again, the leaves are golden & crisp, there's a chill in the air and spells are being cast..... yes it's Halloween! I thought I would just show you some treats (not tricks) to be had in Cocoa this Halloween.

Here we have 'jazz hands' chocolate ghost. All foiled chocolate are 40p or 3 for a £1

  A not too scary chocolate witch.

Scary chocolate Spider!

 Chocolate pumpkin (with a tiny spider on the leaf!)

Marshmallow ghosts!

Marshmallow mix, we sell a big bag of these for £1.50. They are also great on hot chocolate!

Chocolate lolly pops.

We sell these for £1.50


 And a mix bag to share for £3.50