They say, 9 out of 10 people like chocolate. The 10th person always lies. Women crave it, men hoard it, children love it. What is it about chocolate that makes it a win-win?
Scientifically, chocolate satisfies our inherent craving for sweet and fat. The way it melts in your tongue and mouth, produces as big an increase in brain activity and heart rate as a passionate kiss! Besides, it is health-giving. When eaten in moderation, it truly is a miracle food despite nasties like saturated fat and sugars.
Speaking of which, somewhere in the by-lanes of Barsha1 is an artisan chocolate boutique Cocosia, specializing in exquisite hand-made chocolate. A quick chat with its passionate owner over tea and chocolate (of course) a couple of days back made me realize the intensity and complexity behind making that perfect piece.
Cocosia is an amalgamation of two words: ‘Coco’ from the word Cocoa and ‘Sia’ from the name of the owner Qudsia.
Pakistani-Canadian Chocolatier/Owner Qudsia Karim’s journey began with a postgraduate degree in the art of chocolate making at the Ecole Chocolat Professional School of Chocolate Arts in Vancouver, Canada. She went on to pursue other courses in the field of chocolate technology with renowned institutions all over the world, besides associating herself with stalwarts in the field when it came to apprenticeship. Having picked up an understanding of the finer details of chocolate making together with a passion to delight her customers, she set up Cocosia in 2013.
What makes them special?
Just like any other chocolate shop around town, Cocosia offers a variety of chocolate delicacies from bonbons with praline and ganache to nougat and pâté de fruits. One look at their brochure though, and you would realize that there are some things that set them apart.
- Tea-lovers can officially rejoice as Cocosia specializes in delicate flavors such Earl Grey, English Tea and Thai Lemon Grass infused into ganache, creating a taste sensation that is out of this world. They are also one of the selected purveyors of the most luxurious brand of French tea, the Damman Freres Tea. For those who prefer these flavors separately, their collection of loose teas – classic, flavored and in unique crystal tea bags make a refined accompaniment to their fine chocolates.
- The sheer quality of their French and Swiss sourced grand cru chocolates is remarkable. You probably do not know this but the term ‘Grand Cru’ was first used in France to denote a premium quality chocolate with a distinctive flavor. Their best-sellers include Yuzu (which uses a Japanese citrus fruit for an oriental experience), Fleur De Sel (caramel infused in sea salt flakes), Baden Baden (a German delicacy with a high almond content) and finally, Desert Safari (camel milk caramel) to appeal to local taste buds.
- Personalized engraving is their thing; so be it a birthday, anniversary, baby shower, bridal shower, Diwali, Christmas, Eid or simply branding your company logo on to your chocolate, they do it all. They even offer complete concept creation services including customized packaging depending on the occasion. Plus their collection of chocolates for kids is to die for.
- In trying to move away from strictly traditional Arabic tastes (like hazelnut), they place special emphasis when it comes to seasonal boxes for different cultures. Their Diwali box is known to explore flavors like anjeer, masala chai and gulkand (rose petals) while their Eid and Ramadan collection is heavy on dates.
Cocosia chocolates cost AED 7 per piece roughly. Their box of 12 pieces is available for AED 110 and that of 32 pieces for AED 225. Delivery is available within Dubai at present, and for orders above AED 250.
They say, one of the most special ways to show you care is to gift chocolates. Cocosia’s mission is clear – utilizing the best tools to deliver products made by an expert team of artisans. At the end of the day, good quality, hand crafted chocolates come at a price, for these are not your run-of-the-mill, regular, mass-produced variety.
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