Pity those with a sweet tooth. They need to make far greater sacrifices thanmost during “restrained” January. All those trying to cut back on their sugarintake, however, will delight in the discovery of a range of tasty but (relatively) guilt-free indulgences at Cocomaya, the London-based finechocolatier and artisan baker.
Now, it may sound a bit odd to suggest visiting a chocolateshop and bakery during a detox session, but Cocomaya has come up withsome timely temptations that seem to deliver a happy compromise. Its teamof chocolatiers has created a New Year’s range of sugar-free chocolate bars(£4) and rose fondants (£1.50 per 10g), while its baking experts areoffering wholemeal croissants (£2.20) for the first time, as well as a seeded speltloaf (£7.50). There’s also a refreshing and purifying choice of herbal teas,such as jasmine, rosebud and chamomile.
Cocomaya’s three London branches (Brompton Road in second and third pictures) provide perfect pit stops for light snacking during the January sales. Many of its products are allergen-free, including items without dairy, wheat, gluten, eggs, nuts and sugar. Afternoon tea (£25) is a particular highlight, with a wide selection of diet-friendly cakes and teas available. And if January detoxers can leave the premises without succumbing to Cocomaya’s Wild Cocoa Bean chocolates decorated with gold leaf (£1.50 each), then they could, perhaps, reward themselves with a more indulgent return trip in February.