A SOUTH Devon based company will be melting the hearts of all chocolate lovers this Christmas with its seasonal gifts and treats.
This is the third Christmas season for the Cockington Chocolate Company and again it has come up with an innovative range of luxury handmade goodies.
The company is one of several contemporary artists and craft makers in the Stable Yard and Seachange Studios at Cockington Court, near Torquay, who can be seen at work in their studio shops making their specialist high quality items.
The Cockington Chocolate Company is owned and run by Tony Fagan and Simon Storey and all their seasonal fare has been passionately created by Master Chocolatier, Tony, who trained at top chocolate house Slatterly's, in Manchester, to hone his skills and fulfil a lifetime ambition to become a chocolatier.
They have been made at the Cockington workshop where Junior Chocolatier, Jamie Burnham, has been helping and assisting.
Tony said: "The beauty of the new unit for the Cockington Chocolate Co is everything is made on the premises and people can see us work."
Simon explained: "This year a beautiful chocolate log cabin dominates the new products. Another product that is proving to be very popular is a chocolate purse decorated with a beautiful deep red and gold design. Fully edible, this product can be personalised as well.
"One of the most popular items we make is a chocolate Christmas bauble. This item can also be personalised and have a gift hidden inside, which is inserted when being made. Items that have been put inside so far have included lottery tickets, rings, other jewellery and even cash."
Along with these new products, Cockington Chocolate Company makes numerous traditional small chocolate items with the festive season in mind. There are handmade Christmas crackers, that include a handmade truffle, a hat, a joke and even snaps when pulled, foil wrapped chocolate for the Christmas tree, lollies of all shapes and sizes and chocolate steam trains for the young at heart.
Traditional flavoured truffles and chocolates are complemented by new exciting flavours. These include Bucks Fizz, Kia Royale, Eggnog cup, Mulled Wine cup, Chestnut Praline and a Cranberry and Marzipan Chocolate, for real essence of Christmas.
Tony added: "We are always thinking ahead and I have already come up with an idea for next year. My key product is going to be a Chocolate Christmas card so the lucky recipients will be able to eat them, rather than throw them away or recycle.
Since setting up at Cockington Court, the chocolate company has experienced steady growth and, this year, took a major step forward by opening a shop in Totnes.
Cockington Court is a craft centre with a difference. Operated by Torbay Development Agency as a visitor attraction and Innovation Centre, it is one of Torbay's favourite destinations and enjoys a growing reputation as a regional centre for quality arts and crafts.
Cockington Court centre director, Marissa Wakefield, said: "All the crafts makers here are preparing for Christmas by making special gifts and unique craft items for sale directly from their workshops. I look forward to meeting and greeting a whole host of new visitors."
Mayor of Torbay, Gordon Oliver, said: "Cockington Court makes a great day out at any time of year, and is a magical place at Christmas. There is also a festive outdoor skating rink open until December 31.