Cocoa Sourcing

Cococo Chocolatiers uses only certified sustainable and fair trade couverture chocolate made with Rainforest Alliance Certified™ cocoa and cocoa butter to help drive positive change for farm communities in West Africa. We handcraft our delicious chocolate treats in Calgary with simple ingredients, no artificial preservatives, and no palm oil.

What is Couverture?

Simply put, couverture chocolate is the best quality chocolate, the type of chocolate that professional pastry chefs and artisan chocolatiers use. Couverture is made with added cocoa butter - fat derived entirely from the cocoa bean - and it's this extra cocoa butter that improves taste, texture and mouthfeel because it melts in the mouth so easily, at below body temperature. It also makes tempering necessary. 

Storing Chocolates

Filled Chocolates: Many of our filled chocolate bonbons are perishable because we make them with fresh dairy and no artificial preservatives. So, the chocolates found in our Copper Boxes and Special Collections are best enjoyed fresh, soon after purchasing. Should storage be required, they can be stored in a cool, dry place not above 20-22C / 68-70F—your refrigerator is best—for up to 14 days and away from strong odours. Please refrigerate to maintain freshness and please enjoy within 14 days. If allowed to get too warm, your delicious little chocolates will melt into a gooey mass, and you will have to scrape it out of the box and spoon directly into your mouth (but maybe that’s okay with you — we’re not here to judge).

Solid Chocolates: Store solid chocolate - like bars, shavings, chocolate drops, molded items -  in a cool dry location for up to 12 months. Solid chocolate is very stable.

Chocolate Bloom: If your solid chocolate looks scuffed, or streaky, or has mottled whitish marks on the surface, then that is evidence of something called  "chocolate bloom". Chocolate bloom is one of two types: fat bloom, caused by changes in the fat crystals in the chocolate; and sugar bloom, due to crystals formed by the action of moisture on the sugar. Chocolate that has "bloomed" is still safe to eat, though it might look a bit odd.

Freezing Chocolates

Did you know you can freeze your chocolates? It's true! Simply pack them in an airtight bag or container and place in the freezer for up to 6 months or longer. Then, in a two stage process (which will help maintain the quality of your product), thaw the selected chocolates in the fridge overnight, and then to room temperature for 20 minutes before enjoying.

Enjoy at room temperature: To fully experience its flavour and texture, our chocolates are best enjoyed at room temperature. If stored in a cool place, like a fridge, we recommend placing your chocolates at room temperature at least 20 minutes prior to enjoying (you’ll thank us later).