Jam packed with antioxidants, magnesium and a heap of goodness, Chow Cacao is a dark delicious and nutritious chocolate handmade in Byron Bay. The Chow Cacao magic started with two tropical ingredients - carefully sourced, organic and Fair-Trade raw cacao from Peru and coconut sugar from Indonesia. We talked to co-founder Trudy Cockroft.
What was your favourite chocolate treat as a child?
The Whittakers 25g Dark Sante Bars… The really skinny chocolate bars! My mum always put one in my lunchbox as a treat.
How did you end up becoming a chocolatier?
I’ve always had a passion for food, and in the last 5 years have been obsessed with creating my own recipes and creations. I started making chocolate about 3 years ago, and fell in love with the process and creating my own version of chocolate with a healthy twist. I was fortunate to get a part time job at the Love Byron Bay Crêperie and Chocolate boutique when I moved to Byron Bay, and my chocolate journey continued there!
White, milk or dark?
Definitely dark! I love the high cacao content. The intense flavours and variety of aromas you can experience from different origin bars really interests me.
Describe your favourite chocolate in three words....
Smooth, Rich & Aromatic
Tell us about your most memorable chocolate experience?
I was at a cacao plantation in Indonesia about 4 years ago and I tasted for the first time the fruity, nutrient dense pulp that surrounds the beans within the cacao pod, amazing! The funny thing is I didn’t know at this point I was going to be a chocolate maker
Where is your favourite place to indulge your choc-habit?
Any place that is quiet & cozy.
Secretly solo or shared indulgence?
A self indulgence is always great.
What's the most unusual chocolate you've ever tasted?
A chocolate covered sun-dried tomato…. very interesting, a puzzle for the palate.
What is the mark of an exceptional chocolatier?
I imagine they have inquisitive minds who like to push the boundaries with the thousands of flavours found in chocolate.
I’m no exceptional chocolatier… I’m still learning everyday, but I love it.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to follow in your footsteps?
Just do it! I didn’t go to chocolating school. I taught myself and therefore I learn something new everyday. If you have the love for it then thats all you need.
Trudy Cockroft is co-founder of Chow Cacao (seen here with partner Will Heringer).
Chow Cacao's delicous range is available from our Love Byron Bay Boutique,
or from our online store... love-byronbay.com/chocstore.