The founder of a popular Mid Wales chocolate school is inviting local tourism and hospitality businesses to visit on March 22 to make and sample chocolate in its first familiarisation event since moving to new premises in Llanidloes last year.

Owner of Coco Pzazz and Coco Live, Lori Whinn, said: “We are looking forward to meeting businesses and introducing them to our Coco Pzazz chocolate and events at Coco Live.

“We encourage them to please come along to find out more about us, taste our range and also make some chocolate to take home with them.

“It’s just the sort of workshop experience that their guests and visitors to Mid Wales may enjoy and we would love tourism and hospitality businesses to experience it for themselves to help us share the word.

“Our trade counter will be open so businesses can pick up Coco Pzazz bars, buttons and pillow packs at trade prices. We will also be introducing the opportunity of own label chocolate and sharing some exclusive offers.”

Coco Live comprises a team of experienced chocolate makers who pass on their skills to participants at hands on, fun events. These range from a ‘Chocolate Experience’, where chocolate bars and shards are made and decorated, through to making filled chocolates and truffles with a selection of caramel and ganache fillings.

Workshops can be tailored to special dietary requirements, such as vegan and for celebrations, including birthday parties or family celebrations.

Vegan chocolate truffles being made at a Coco Live workshop.
Vegan chocolate truffles being made at a Coco Live workshop. (Coco Live)

“Our informal approach, encouraging bowls to be scraped and spoons to be licked, is a hit with everyone,” said Lori. “After all, chocolate tends to bring out the inner child in all of us!”

Tourism and hospitality businesses wishing to attend the ‘Eat & Greet’ on March 22, between 11am - 1 pm or 2pm - 4pm, are asked to email [email protected] to book their spaces.

Advance booking is recommended as spaces will be limited and a maximum of two people per business will be allowed.

Coco Pzazz chocolate with packaging illustrated by Fox & Boo.
Coco Pzazz chocolate with packaging illustrated by Fox & Boo. (Coco Pzazz)

The event will take place at Coco Pzazz and Coco Live,1 Parc Derwen Fawr, Llanidloes, SY18 6FE. Attendees with food allergies or intolerances are asked to notify Lori and the team when they book.

Coco Live and Coco Pzazz are members of MWT Cymru, an independent membership organisation that represents more than 600 tourism and hospitality businesses across Powys, Ceredigion and Southern Snowdonia.