Whether perfectly packaged as a gift or lazily passed around after Christmas dinner, a box of chocolates is always welcome. Everyone has their favourites; nutty pralines, boozy in the middle, the darker the better… For Cocoa Meraki owner and chocolatier, Jenny Gordon, chocolate orange is the festive flavour of choice. (Her own interpretation of this classic combination takes the form of candied orange slices dipped in white or dark chocolate.)
Prettily displayed in rustic glass cabinets in Rectory Grove’s Bunched Flowers, her handmade creations are a treat for both the eyes and the tastebuds. Crystallised rose petals perch on top of dark chocolate cubes flavoured with rose water, whilst white chocolate and hazelnut praline jewels are regally displayed on a golden tray.
Combining a love of all things creative with her experience selling artisanal products in London’s most famous street markets, Jenny decided to study the art of chocolate making and launch her own business. As a wife and mother of two, she wanted a business that would allow her to spend more time with her family whilst also satisfying her passion for making beautiful (and delicious) things. Cocoa Meraki was born; ‘Meraki’ meaning to do something with soul, creativity or love.
As well as providing a twist on classic combinations, Jenny’s chocolates are a flavour-diary of her memories and experiences, inspired by her travels with family and friends. If you ask her what her all time favourite is you’ll get a list – and who can blame her? They are all as moreish as each other. Her customers’ favourite? The salted peanut honeycomb in milk chocolate. Yum.