Choccywoccydoodah – Fulfilling Chocolate Fantasies All Over
When Kylie Minogue wanted to celebrate the birthday dedicated to her ‘Green Fairy’ character in Moulin Rouge, she went to Choccywoccydoodah. This funny-named chocolatier company has been in the business for quite long, during which, it has created a lot with chocolate, challenging the boundaries of human imagination with each creation. Well, this is much more classy and sincere than Brooke Shields Valentine’s Day chocolate room idea, so you may just want to know more.
1) Creating For Celebrities
Christine Taylor, who is the chief chocolatier and big boss at the Choccywoccydoodah, describes her designs as “quite, quite bonkers.” For her and her team, led by Chief designers Dave Ratcliffe and Lisa Sewards, has been responsible for creating fabulous chocolate sculptures, cakes, and other items for celebrities ranging from the field of politics to cinema, from theatre to music. They have made delicacies for the members of British Royal Family, British prime ministers, music stars like Elton John, and Madonna. In fact, although Madonna cannot eat chocolate for herself as it would be against her Kabbalah believes, she regularly buys their cakes for her friends. Their designs have been talked about, written about, appreciated, awarded, and coveted everywhere.
2) Passionate for Chocolate & More
The first thing that you may notice about this team with the “bonkers” ideas is that it is in love with chocolate. Hear what the chief designer Ratcliffe says, “I eat a piece of chocolate every day and I’ve not got sick of the taste, even after 13 years.” And with so much working around chocolate, there are bound to be tantrums as Christine admits, “Smashing cakes up happens. Most of the team know exactly what I want. I either love it or hate it – never in between. If I hate it, I smash it on the floor. But if I love it, I really love it.” Watch this video to know more about what transpires at the Choccywoccydoodah before the design is finalized and submitted to the client.
3) The Coveted Designs
They have done it all as far as cakes, chocolates and other goodies are concerned. The most popular of their creations are as follows:
A special pink and yellow multi-tiered creation with a giant chameleon on top and a portrait of Boy George for his 50th birthday.
A 5ft-tall cake topped with two chocolate legs wearing a distinctive red-soled shoe, the hallmark design of Christian Louboutin.
A huge chocolate bar themed on Pirates of The Carribbean, when it was nominated for an Oscar.
When Elton John tied a knot with David Furnish in 2005, he had an extravagant tower made for the ceremony for which he is believed to have paid £5,000.
A Double Dutch (don’t get any ideas!) design that they made for a Dutch couple was immensely popular.
Dave describes further, “The best cakes have a strong theme, like Boy George’s. I love the fact we can be as crazy as we like – I’ve created a cat riding a bicycle and a pheasant on a rugby ball.” Not to mention the two phoenix cakes for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.”
4) The Boss Lady
Christine is somewhat of a maverick and for her chocolate is nothing less than a magical ingredient. She has her shops filled to the brim with kitsch treats, e.g., on her desk sits a cake sculpture garden, just like the one found at a mad hatter’s tea party in Alice in the Wonderland. She also has cake towers (almost toppling over each other), stilettos shaped out of chocolate, and a carousel horse. Describing her ascent into this business, she says, “I never had a business plan and still don’t. But I do work from recipes handed down over three generations, so it was always about the chocolate and I was on a quest to make it do what I wanted.” However, it is not as easy as it sounds. Christine says quite firmly, “Now my team mould chocolate as if it’s Plasticine, and then let it harden so that they can carve it into incredible forms. But the process is top secret and everyone has to sign a confidentiality contract. Working with chocolate is difficult. Tom’s been with me for five years and in the past year has started to make some serious breakthroughs. Jim prides himself on never using scales or electrical equipment. Manuals or formulas just doesn’t work for us.”
The Choccywoccydoodah already are in Brighton in the form of a shop and a bakery and they have recently opened another branch in London’s Carnaby Street. Their busiest time of the year is Easter when they sell the “Sheepish Sheep”, which are chocolate lambs encased in marshmallow fleeces. So, in case you are not afraid to spend a good sum on having your chocolate fantasy fulfilled, the doors of Choccywoccydoodah are wide open.
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