Michael and Naz, founders of Cocoa Jones, stumbled into the world of fine chocolate in 2012 at the London Salon Du Chocolate exhibition. At the time they were looking for a new business venture – one that afforded them creativity, alongside sustained family life.

Within a year, Cocoa Jones were sharing their chocolate with family and friends, creating handmade truffles and bonbons crafted with single-origin Colombian cacao, filled with luxurious seasonal ingredients.

By 2016, Naz and Michael took the next step to launch Cocoa Jones to a wider audience, following their success at local events, cafes and smaller shops.

At the March 2020 Denbies Chocolate Fair, I caught up with Naz and Michael as they launched their new range of hot chocolate, to complement their growing selection of bars and truffles. It took three years to create a sophisticated blend of red cocoa powder from Cameroon, paired with Columbian chocolate to create a hot chocolate mix suited to real cacao lovers. I added three heaped tablespoons of chocolate powder to 250ml of unsweetened oat milk and gave it a whizz in my Morphy Richards velvetiser. The results: Stunning. A smooth, deep hot chocolate. Thick, creamy and perfect for my palate.

As well as hot chocolate, Cocoa Jones makes some colourfully wrapped bars of chocolate, in an assortment of flavours. My favourite has to be the Raspberry, Meringue, and Cocoa Nibs 60% dark bar. And I confess that I ate the whole bar in one night! The meringue chunks worked so well with the raspberry pieces and balanced well against the dark chocolate.

Cocoa Jones offers a great range of vegan chocolate, all made with passion and love. Naz and Michael pour their heart into each chocolate creation, and it shows in the taste. With sales available direct from their website, now is the ideal time to stock up ahead of Easter.

Discover more ethically sourced, locally made chocolate options, and buy online at Cocoa Jones