Chocolate has the ability to take us somewhere.
Joanne Harris, who wrote Chocolat captured the romance and mystery of chocolate and how our combined senses will always fail to resist it. One of our heroes, Roald Dahl, most famous for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory wrote about it because it gave him the incredible scope for exaggeration he loved. What other food could feature in plots like these?
Our journey began in 2001 as our founder Shane Hills set off to discover the essence of chocolate, which he felt was not being fully expressed. Shane travelled to Solingen in Germany to learn the art of chocolate making from the bean and more, and then onto Bruges in Belgium where he was introduced to Dries Cnockaert, a very passionate and talented chocolatier. Inspired by Shane’s dream and with his own desire for adventure, Dries moved to Melbourne to help create the start of our chocolate signature.
Our aim has not changed since these formative days; the dream to create something special. The idea that chocolate could inspire, to ignite connections with chocolate’s deep sensory pleasure and personality.
The first Koko Black salon opened in December 2003 and as luck and love would have it, our delight in sharing the immense pleasure and happiness of chocolate has turned into a local Melbourne enterprise proudly employing over 350 people.
If you love chocolate, you have come to the right place. It’s a long journey to the true nature of chocolate and we invite you to join us.