Choki of Brockley


Choki of Brockley is a new specialist chocolate maker based in Brockley. Their beautifully wrapped products have already been selling well in the Shop on the Hill and Goldsmiths and they will have their first stall in Greenwich Market next Wednesday.

We met Gemma and Rowan – the team behind Choki - last night, continuing our proud tradition of investigative journalism.

Choki produce hand-made, hand-wrapped chocolate bars and truffles. Although young, they are both experienced chocolatiers who met when they worked together at Bond Street chocolate shop Charbonelle et Walker. When we met them at The Orchard, they were taking a break between receiving a delivery and producing an order for Oxfam. We asked Rowan about their approach to chocolate:

“We take responsible sourcing very seriously and we always use very high quality ingredients. We use fresh cream, which reduces the shelf life of some of our products, but we consider it a really important part of making great chocolate. Our products are definitely a luxury (a bar costs around £3.95, the truffles cost 50p a piece) but for the quality of the product we make, the prices are very reasonable.

“We do like to experiment with chocolate but we avoid gimmicky flavours. I once tasted a “marmite” chocolate, which really didn’t taste of anything. Our chocolates taste like the ingredients we include."

Brockley Central can vouch for the fact that you can taste all the flavours in the honey, lemon and thyme chocolate and that their Earl Grey has a deliciously subtle flavour.

Rowan continued: “The name Choki of Brockley is a bit tongue in cheek, but we always wanted people to know where the chocolate came from. We’re both fairly new to the area (Rowan moved here as a student and convinced Gemma to join him) but we’re very proud to be a Brockley business and we’re aiming to source locally wherever possible.”

Gemma added: “We loved the name Browns of Brockley and went for something similar. In the long-term, we’d love to have our own shop – ideally here. I had to work hard to persuade Rowan that “Brocklate” and “Chockley” were a bad idea – although you never know, maybe we’ll make a special batch with one of those names?

“We’ll be producing special ranges for occasions like Valentine’s Day and Easter and we hope to be at this year’s Summer Fayre as well as the local Christmas Markets. We’d also be happy to talk to people about special orders for parties and weddings if they want to contact us through our website. We’ve even had orders via Facebook.”

Next week in Greenwich will be a big test for them, but based on what we heard and tasted last night. Brockley could soon be the new Bourneville.

There is another very interesting part of the Choki of Brockley story, which we’ll discuss in a separate thread.

In the interests of transparency we should reveal that, we were given approximately £8 worth of chocolate to review, of which Brockley Kate scoffed at least 50p’s worth. We’re pretty sure Brockley Jon had some too although we didn’t actually catch him in the act.

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

hmmmmm choki....

Anonymous said...

When and where will the Valentine's day Chockleys be available from? 'Er upstairs would love a bit o' that.

Brockley Kate said...

Jon did indeed sample the raspberry truffle. And Brockley Sarah tried the Baileys truffle.

Both gave a definite thumbs-up.

Anonymous said...

Good luck to them. The packaging is attractive and I like the name. Will definitely try some. Are selling in it Brockley?

Anonymous said...

Oh yeah, SOTH- I should pay more attention to the article....

Bea said...

Yummy - plan on getting some on my way home tonight. Hope it's not all sold out by the time I get there.

Anonymous said...

Well their joint experience at C et W gives them quite a Choco pedigree. So the "yummies" are sure to be great ! Can't wait to try

Anonymous said...

Good luck Choki girls, no more Hotel Chocolate cr*p for me :)

Sara said...

Can couch for the fact the chocis are amazing, and fantastic news and well done to both of you, will have to take a trip down there from Enfield!
Sarax

Tamsin said...

@Sara Worth a visit anyway - combine it with a night out at the Rivoli...

Anonymous said...

my mouth was watering as i was reading the report. When i next go to greenwich market I will definitely treat myself!

Beecroftian said...

Mmm Brocky Choki, can't wait to try some!

Paddyom said...

Wow, stuff like this is what makes SE4 such a great place. All the best to Choki of Brockley. I will visit SOTH at the weekend and treat myself ;)

Anonymous said...

Very nice article and goodluck to the chocolatiers. I will try to find myself a bar or two.

Maybe Oscars will stock them too?

Ed said...

Perfect local gift for Valentines no?

Anonymous said...

Bought a couple of bars for birthday pressies. Very well received and felt very proud saying it was handmade chocolate from Brockley! Love the wrappers! Just need someone to buy me some so I can actually try it! Good luck guys!

Ed said...

Got three bars for £9 in TSOTH the other day including two lovely pink valentinesy bars (and a dark choc orange one for myself which I can't wait to try).

Hot Gossip said...

Hot Gossip is excited to report that Choki of Brockley will be at http://www.festivalchocolate.co.uk/index-london.html

This weekend.

mewmewmew said...

Good luck to them. The packaging is attractive and I like the name. Will definitely try some. Are selling in it Brockley?



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Anonymous said...

They've stopped trading, sadly.

William said...

Best of luck to them. The packaging is very attractive and the name is catchy. We Will definitely try some.

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JJ said...

Very nice packaging,they will make for a nice gift!!

Neon said...

Very nice assortment of chocolates.Choki will be on my list of gifts to give this x-mas

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