Cornwall

I Should Coco, St. Ives

When in St Ives and pottering about, make sure you aim your potter to I Should Coco. This is possibly the best chocolate shop in Cornwall (perhaps even the UK… but more extensive testing must be done).

One of the most bizarre, but the most popular combinations, is the chilli and tequila chocolate.

I Should Coco handmake chocolate fresh daily in their little kitchen – which you can see inside the shop. The chocolate contains no preservatives or additional chemicals so all you get is a super smooth and darkly delicious pure chocolate.

They are also very creative. The chocolate bars, truffles and slabs are beautiful. Almost like little works of edible art! The salted caramel truffle simply must be bulk bought – you won’t be able to get enough!

Making chocolate began for the owners as a hobby at their local farmers’ market has expanded – due to demand – into Kev and Ann becoming professional chocolatiers. Originally from Edinburgh, they absolutely fell in love with St Ives. And have taken the plunge with their own shop – open seven days a week with a short break during January. They source locally, using Polgoon fizz and the Cornish Seasalt to create their fabulous and unique tastes as well as local honey and milk from in and around St Ives.

The two main staples, both available to buy online, are the Origins and Infusions 80g bars, all handmade in store. They feature two fabulous artists on the front cover, making them consciously locally sourced. The Origins bars really ought to be sold á la rare single estate wines because, as the name suggests, they originate from one particular place.

The Arriba bar a tongue sensation in its creaminess (top tip: if your patience allows, let it dissolve on your tongue and it will unleash hints of exotic spices).

The subtle flavours and distinct differences in the taste are all due to the type of beans, soil, altitude and other intrinsic factors which cannot be recreated artificially. And, for the connoisseur, make sure you read the description found on the back of the wrappers for detailed info on the ancestry of the Origins bar.

The Infusions are creativity and experimenting with texture and flavours. One of the most bizarre, but the most popular combinations, is the chilli and tequila chocolate. But Andrea also informs me that she has created peppercorn chocolate and Cornish Seasalt chocolate which absolutely fly off the shelves, and bacon on chocolate… these stimulate the tongue to enhance the taste.

I Should Coco also offer chocolate workshops which are seriously worth booking in for. The science of chocolate is such an amazing thing and you may learn a new depth of appreciation for the art of the chocolatier.

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I Should Coco, 13 Tregenna Place, St Ives, TR26 1ds | 01736 798756 | ishouldcoco.co.uk

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