Specialising in hand-crafted chocolates, cakes and sweet treats, Kokopod Chocolate is fast becoming Brisbane's leading boutique chocolate brand. We chatted with Choc Boss, Brigid Woolnough.
What was your favorite chocolate treat as a child?
We weren’t allowed chocolate regularly in our household.
We were lucky to have two squares on a Friday night and if we were REALLY lucky, we were allowed a whole row!
With this said, any chocolate was good enough at the time but my most favourite flavour was Black Forest.
How did you end up becoming a chocolatier?
Whilst on maternity leave from my Primary teaching position, my keen interest paired with time enabled the inner chocolate obsession to emerge. Further training secured my passion which led to the decision to change careers.
White, milk or dark?
Describe your favourite chocolate in three words….
Caramelised. Chocolate. Macadamias.
All my favourite things put together for the perfect balance of sweetness.
Tell us about your most memorable chocolate experience?
Being invited over to Switzerland to work with some of the world’s leading chocolatier’s was pretty unforgettable (2015).
That and the chocolate fountain at my 21st birthday….hard to pick really!
Where is your favourite place to indulge your choc-habit?
I really like to test new ideas at the factory and taste them at each step. This is far more satisfying to me than eating the end result. It’s all about the trial and process!
Secretly solo or shared indulgence?
Absolutely shared. There is no point having something so good and not being able to talk to someone about it and share the moment of indulgence!
What's the most unusual chocolate you've ever tasted?
Once I tried chocolate coated green and pink peppercorns in Paris which was bizarre, and bacon/parmesan cheese chocolate almonds was a strange yet delicious combo.
What is the mark of an exceptional chocolatier?
Patience. It takes a lot of energy to be content inside your own head when focusing on making chocolate. Patience always leads to a good result.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to follow in your footsteps?
Giving something a go is easy but sticking to something is the challenge. If you’re determined enough to master an art, go for it! Personal growth makes life interesting and chocolate is the perfect mix of creativity, science and mathematical calculations.
Plus, who doesn’t want to eat chocolate for a job right?!
Brigid Woolnough is chief chocolatier at Kokopod Artisan Chocolate.
Kokopod's delicous range is available from our Love Byron Bay Boutique,
or from our online store... love-byronbay.com/chocstore.