It’s been a rapid two years since I launched Kokopelli’s Chocolate. The time has flown – it seems not so long ago we celebrated our 1st birthday. It’s been a busy second year.
We have run more than 40 chocolate-making and tasting workshops this year, most of which have been private parties for children’s birthdays, hen parties, corporate team-building events, one-to-one tuition, and ‘just because’. We have worked with other organisations to teach public classes too, including The Make Lounge (sadly now closed), Mrs Moore’s Makes and Bakes, I Made It Myself, LJCC, JW3 and others. We have run hands-on demonstrations at Gefiltefest and for many hundreds (!) at the breathtaking BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Neasden, and we have worked with West Hampstead Community Centre to put on free chocolate workshops at Halloween and Easter for local children. We have even gone into primary schools to run chocolate workshops in their classrooms.
As well as these regular events, we ran a wildly successful Edible Cinema event in partnership with JW3, where we screened a cute, romantic French film set in a chocolate factory and created a range of chocolates and other sensory experiences for the audience to mirror what was happening onscreen. We had lemon chocolates, pink peppercorn bark, green tea chocolate, a melt-in-the-mouth ganache, paprika ganache, a sweet-smelling rose for everyone, indoor rain and much more… It sold out in double-time.
We have continued to sell our treats online, to local shops, and at a range of markets, including The Chocolate Festival, as well as in smart City offices, and smaller events such as the launch of a book about the history of chocolate.
A clutch of new products made their way into the online shop over the year in the form of our Matcha Bar, Chocolate Gingers, Passionfruit Caramels, Fudgy Bites, Chocolate Lollipops and last but definitely not least, our beloved Fortune-Telling Cats which fly out of the shop like buttered hotcakes.
Holidays and events throughout the year have given us the excuse to dream up limited edition chocolates for you, bringing you new delights such as Hallowe’en spiderwebs, autumnal Pumpkin Spice chocolates, the Mandarin Pate de Fruit and Nutmeg Caramel at Christmas, the Valentine’s Caramel Collection, and Easter goodies including Chickens, Eggs, ‘Fried Eggs’ and Rocher Nests.
It’s always a pleasure to receive requests for something unusual or bespoke – we love a challenge! We’ve enjoyed providing custom chocolates for both companies and individuals, from cute birthday wishes in chocolate, to personalised chocolates with the lucky recipients’ names, to wedding favours, large Christmas orders and special chocolates for corporate events. Probably the best special request this year was the set of bespoke wedding cake decorations I made from chocolate. Oh yes, those were fabulous and I enjoyed every second of creating them, right through to the satisfaction of hand-delivering them all neatly packaged.
To top it all off, we’ve had some more stellar reviews of our chocolates and a lot of lovely messages from loyal customers and people trying our treats for the first time.
Thank you so much to all of Kokopelli’s customers for making this such a great year for us. I’m excited for the year ahead… bring it on!