About Us


Welcome to our on-line chocolate emporium, we have a whole range of hand made chocolates, chocolate workshops, activities and indulgences in our Chocolate Cafe that you can have sent to you or join us to indulge in and learn a bit more about chocolate, the food of the gods. At York Cocoa House we love everything chocolate - eating, making, cooking and most importantly sharing.

When we launched York Cocoa House in November 2011 the dream was to create a home for true chocolate lovers, people like me, who felt they had a personal bond with chocolate. For me, chocolate had always been a companion, through every celebration, exam, commiseration and illness - it was far more than just an inanimate food stuff. I don't know when my love of chocolate started, but looking back, it has always been there. I started making cakes when I was 4, by the age of 8 I had my own signature chocolate fudge recipe, when I was 12 my school project was to track the Cadbury share price, then that Easter I taught myself how to temper chocolate. I realized a few years ago that I was quite obsessed so launched my own chocolate making business - Little Pretty Things, making chocolates in my own home and teaching in people’s kitchens. In September 2011 we discovered the perfect location for us and the Cocoa House started writing its own story.

I am often asked "Why chocolate?", or "What made you do this?" Chocolate has always played a role in my life and I have always been so fascinated by it. It would make me feel so happy if I had had a bad day. People would always be around to help on the farm growing up, the perfect Sunday afternoon would be spent baking a new chocolate recipe and calling everyone in to try it. Living on the farm we had to make do with the ingredients and equipment in the cupboard or the fruit on the trees, or wait until the chickens had laid eggs to make a cake. Some recipes worked, and lots didn't!

My relationship with chocolate has now turned into an obsession; I set out to learn everything I possibly could about chocolate. Every new thing I have discovered has drawn me deeper into the world of chocolate, and introduced me to chocolate lovers, chocolate makers, chocolatiers and experts from around the world telling us of their own experiences with York and the chocolate-making industry, or favourite chocolate recipe. I never imagined how much joy and comfort chocolate brought to others.

At Easter 2018 our journey into chocolate making took us onto a new adventure as Chocolate Makers with the opening of the York Cocoa Works. The York Cocoa Works is our Chocolate Manufactory, based on Castlegate in York, our purpose built chocolate making facility allows us to work with cocoa origins from cocoa farming communities around the world to create our chocolates directly from the cocoa beans themselves. 

Since we opened, we have been joined by an ever-growing team of chocolate enthusiasts, who have shared with us their own appreciation of chocolate as they become part of the Cocoa House family. Their ideas, passion and creativity have enabled us to create the York Cocoa House Chocolate Emporium that we invite you to be a part of. I can't wait to see you at the York Cocoa Works. You'll always be welcome for chocolate and a piece of cake, or just a browse, or maybe to read some of the recipes and books that have inspired our journey.

We look forward to seeing you at York Cocoa Works, in the meantime feel free to browse and have our products sent directly to you, make a reservation for our Chocolate Cafe or make a booking to come and learn more about chocolate with us in our chocolate workshops.  

Best wishes