Before Frank Keane switched careers and became an authoritative chocolatier, he dealt in collectable ceramics. Take a look at his delectable Koko Chocolates, and you will see the sculptural influence of his previous life writ large on every delightful confection that Frank produces, upstairs from the shop in the centre of Kinsale. The chocolate ganache has an almost marble-like sheen, like precious stone, whilst other creations echo ancient pottery, or Faberge eggs, or Brancusi sculptures. Of course, as a guy with a sense of humour, Frank also makes crazy crocodiles, and Easter eggs, and jagerbombs. But it is the sculptural finesse, and the art in this artisan’s work, that makes the Koko chcolates so singular. It goes without saying that the flavour combinations are wow!; gin and tonic with pink peppercorns; the classic seawwed, honey and ginger; cardamom with Turkish honeycomb. No trip to Kinsale is complete until you have a box of Koko chocs to bring home.
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