Cocoa Wonderland, Sheffield.

11.3.13

At the weekend my friend and I ventured into Sheffield to visit somewhere we have had our eye on for a while but not found time to visit; Cocoa Wonderland. Sounds pretty fancy doesn't it?

I originally stumbled upon their website when I was trying to find some book and craft clubs in South Yorkshire, as Cocoa run a book club and a knitting club on a regular basis so they popped up in my results. We weren't too sure whether there was the option to sit inside and have treats as well as buying chocolate to take away, but we decided to take a drive up there to find out.

When you walk inside you're met with a small shop area with chocolate everywhere. It's brilliant. It was so busy when we arrived, possibly due to lots of people purchasing last minute Mothers Day presents, that we headed straight through the shop into the small downstairs seating area. Luckily there was a little cosy corner with a couple of free chairs and a table just right for the two of us. There was more seating upstairs, and I'd have loved to go up to have a nosy at the decor, but we stuck to downstairs and perused the menus.

If I ran a chocolate shop/cafe, I would want it to be kitted out just like Cocoa is. Well-worn armchairs, vintage framed postcards and artwork covering every wall surface, and shelves full of pretty items to purchase from giant Easter eggs to fancy photo frames, stripey drinking straws, paper lanterns, and fabric purses.

It can only be described as the Alice in Wonderland of chocolate shops. I only wish I had taken my 'proper' camera instead of having to take snaps with my iPhone, but hopefully you get the gist of it!

What happened next can only be described as a distinct lack of judgement when we placed our orders. We both went for hot chocolate AND a chocolate based cake. Katy had the Rocky Road hot chocolate along with a huge pecan brownie. I opted for the "thick" hot chocolate and a huge slab of double chocolate gateaux.

My chocolate gateaux was delicious and I ate every last morsel of it. The thick hot chocolate was just too rich for me and I utterly regretted not going for a strawberry and white chocolate milkshake, a cup of regular tea, or a normal milky hot chocolate.

Katy polished off her hot chocolate which was topped with "rocky road" goodies but only managed half of her brownie (although I think the other half lasted for about 30 minutes once she got it home...) I had a cheeky bite of the brownie and can confirm it was delicious!

We will be going back without a doubt! Next time we would like to sample one of the tasting platters and I am determined to try a milkshake, as I had complete envy over the other diners who had opted for one.

On our way out we needed to pick up a few bits from the shop for Mothers Day but it was still heaving, with the queue snaking round the shop and nobody quite knowing who was next. The girls behind the counter did a cracking job of serving us all quickly with a smile on their faces, and the time in the queue gave us chance to have a look at the truffles behind the counter and some of the bars of chocolate on display, although it was difficult to get a look at everything. 

We ordered our boxes of truffles, which were wrapped beautifully, and made our way out of the shop and back to the car feeling a little high on sugar but happy nonetheless.


29 comments:

  1. Ooh this place sounds amazing! I don't think it was there when I lived in Sheffield, but I'll be up there this month to visit my family so I'm going to make absolutely sure to find it! Xx

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  2. I've been trying to organise a girls day out but we can't decide on a city to visit. I think this lovely place is reason enough to plump for Sheffield! x Becky

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  3. This place looks [and sounds] amazing! That hot chocolate looks soooo good, but I think I'd find it too sickly too. Strawberry and white choc milkshake sounds really good! Might have to see if we have anything like this down here. Would love to take a visit to somewhere like this! x

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  4. This shop sounds like my idea of heaven!
    Claire x

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  5. This looks amazing, love tea shops and chocolate! Will definitely be going next time i visit sheffield! x

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  6. Oh my goodness I think I will be taking Jonny here when we're back in Sheffield in two weeks seeing his family. It looks like the perfect little chocolate den! x

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  7. Oooh looks delicious x

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  8. Sounds like the greatest place in the world ever!

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  9. Oh my word...this looks amazing! I always like the idea of hot chocolate but am nearly always disappointed by it. It does look delicious though, and the cakes sound wonderful. Great find!

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  10. that cake looks amazing! :)

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  11. I must admit I do not like chocolate but I have been known to pop in here to pick up presents for people, it's a pretty shop!
    btw, Hungry Hound next door do the best takeaway pizza ever! I'm very much a regular there haha! x

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  12. This place looks so lovely! I'm a huge fan of little cafes like this.

    Becca x
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  13. I went here last year, the hot chocolate was immense! I need to go back

    (my post I did is here if you fancy a nosey! http://parmavi0let.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/cocoa-sheffield.html)

    xx

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  14. This place sounds brilliant, may have to visit one day!
    xx

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  15. That sounds like such a lovely girly afternoon. My boyfriend's family are from Dronfield (?) in Sheffield and when we next visit them (we live in my hometown of Brisbane, Australia) i might make them take us here!

    Love your blog xx Feel free to check mine out :)

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  16. Your post is so yummy :) and chocolate cake looks amazing :)

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  17. Thank you from Cocoa, this has made our day! xx

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  19. I think I just died and went to heaven! This place looks and sounds AMAZING!!
    I saw one of your snaps on IG and said "wow" out loud! My husband said "you've just seen yummy food or something haven't you?!" Ha ha, he knows me well :D xx

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  20. This looks like heaven! A lot of my friends live in Sheffield but we don't often stray away from our favourite places - I might have to do a bit of persuading and get them to take me here! Thanks for sharing :) xx

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  21. Well I never knew it was called Cocoa Wonderland! I've had one of the hot chocolates from here before and it was absolutely delish, almost liquid chocolate. Lovely post Victoria x

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  22. OMG! I wanna go! It's getting added to my list of places to visit when i'm home :-) xx

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  23. This place looks so great! I'd love to go some day! The cake looks really yummy and this comes from a person who doesn't like sweets much! :))

    XO,
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  24. Ohhhhh Cocoa I love that place so much! Your post has taken me right back to when I used to live just up from the Botanical Gardens, I LOVE Cocoa and used to visit at least once a week for their belgian hot chocolate yum! ♥ Claire @ Jazzpad

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  25. Vintage + chocolate?? It's like heaven :) I will have to check it out next time I'm in Sheffield
    x

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  26. It all looks so cute, I need to go to Sheffield!

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    x

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  27. Oh wow, this sounds and looks delicious!!

    Tara
    www.thestylerawr.com
    xoxo

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  28. Beautiful pictures
    Cake seem so delicious


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    Coline ♡

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  29. Beautiful pictures
    Cake seem so delicious


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    Coline ♡

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