Agriculture and Food
Stroud to get a taste of artisan chocolatier
Probably the sweetest name yet has been unveiled as the latest business pledging a move into a fast-filling festival of Five Valleys food market.
Chocolatier and bakery Xocolatl, whose team is based in nearby Painswick, is the latest “artisan” trader to join the new Five Valleys Market in Stroud when it opens later in the summer.
The business has been making and selling its delicious cakes and chocolates wholesale for the last five years.
The company’s name is pronounced sho-koh-lah-tuhl and is the Nahuatl Aztec word meaning "bitter water” - a much-revered chocolate drink of the Mesoamerica region.
Aaron Grant, from Xocolatl said: “We have been looking for the right opportunity for a store and chocolate café and this is perfect for us, we are really excited to be part of the new Five Valleys Market.
“We've spent the last few weeks trying lots of different recipes and flavours and we can’t wait to open up and share them with our customers.”
According to Dransfield Properties, the now-owner of the former Merrywalks Shopping Centre and also the company driving the new GFirst LEP-funded development, Xocolatl has built up a reputation in the area.
Its “high quality handmade chocolates and cakes” will beat the heart of its forthcoming chocolate shop and cafe.
The team sources its coffee from Ethical Addictions based in Gloucester and as well as barista coffees it will sell teas, frappes, milkshakes, homemade ice cream and a breakfast and light lunch menu.
Xocolatl hopes to be open later in the summer with an initial takeaway menu in line with guidelines on social distancing.
Other traders are expected to include Pieminister, Tamari-Gi, Thai 2 Go and Falafal Mama.
Centre manager at Five Valleys Dionne Moore said: “It's been great over the last few weeks to see work starting again on the market area and to be able to announce another great trader joining us when we open really is the icing on the cake.
“Xocolatl is a great local company with a delicious range of products, they’re going to be a fantastic addition to the market.”