It’s probably not a surprise that chocolate was historically a precious substance. As well as being offered up as gifts to gods and royalty, it was also used for ceremonial and medicinal practices. That sacredness is still being honoured to this day, especially in Kokoo, the glorious little hub tucked away in Brixton Village Market. Kokoo takes the gift shop to the next level, stocking only the finest, ethically sourced chocolates from Ghana, Trinidad, Peru, Ecuador and Venezuela.
Kokoo is serious about chocolate, but the real belles of the ball are their melt-in-your-mouth vegan truffles, lovingly handmade and rolled from Peruvian raw cacao and cold-pressed coconut oil, sweetened with agave nectar and coconut cream. If you’re looking for more than sweetness, the added cayenne chilli, acai berries, cinnamon, desiccated coconut and raw hazelnuts serve up a delicate twist to each bite. If you’re looking to go more full-on with flavour, their decadent truffle stones come with an array of luxurious fillings, from chocolate to tropical fruit. Alongside their lollipops and chocolate eggs, no gift package from Kokoo would be complete without a box of their ingots: a tasting selection of chocolate squares, infused with a range of exciting flavours, from dark rum to ginger cake, salted caramel and coffee. The ingots are perfect for a personalised gift, as you can mix and match. Also, everything is processed by small farmer co-operatives, ensuring guilt-free pleasure with every mouthful.
Kukoo is at 9 Granville Arcade, Brixton Village Market, SW9 8PR.