Product Type: other Chocolate
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Choccy heaven with the DooDahs.
Member Name: carlz2001uk
Advantages: Amazing cakes, extravagant, a once (or twice!) in a lifetime treat, staff friendly / helpful
Disadvantages: Prices are so so high, cafe in Brighton looks a little tired outside
After recently getting into a programme on the BBC with my daughters, we had become a little obsessed by the cake shop in Brighton called Choccywoccydoodah. My uncle lives in Brighton so as a surprise treat I booked a few nights away with the girls and my mum. Driving for 4.5 hours (one way!) to the other side of the country for a cake might sound a little excessive but it was worth every single mile when I say my daughters faces.
Choccywoccydoodah is like no cake shop you've ever seen. Eccentric and crazy, you cannot believe what your eyes are seeing and its made from chocolate! The window display is a haven for tourists with cameras from the moments the shutters come up in the morning. We were rather eagerly waiting for them to open on our visit and I would definitely recommend going first thing in a morning as it was packed then so I dread to think what it would be like in the peak of the day.
Taken from the DooDahs website 'Choccywoccydoodah are a dedicated team of artists, designers and chocolatiers who specialise in creating decadent, bespoke wedding cakes, chocolate birthday cakes and unique chocolate gifts.' With bespoke cakes, I can only go from what I have seen on the TV show, but nothing is big or crazy enough for the cake makers to the stars. Macy Gray requested a cake dedicated to Stevie Wonder which must play a song, have a Braille etching, oh and be big enough to feed 3,000 people, while an Olympian (I forget which one) wanted a cake built as a chocolate house to feed 5,000 people. It was complete with sweet tiles, an apple pie on the windowsill cooling and lots of gnomes. Unfortunately it didn't survive its journey to the location but they still had great fun smashing it into pieces and eating it nonetheless. The cakes will have costs thousands of pounds, and prices are not given away on the show. I did expect high prices in the shop however, so for anyone planning on visiting, take note of this next part carefully!....
Prices in the shop are astronomical. For a once in a lifetime visit though I was determined that the girls could have something significant enough that it would make the trip worthwhile. A £7 lollipop for example just wasn't going to cut it. A hand carved kitten made from white chocolate and topped in edible glitter was something we seriously considered but at £20 it seemed a waste given that they don't like white chocolate. Finally we opted for a cake, wrapped in amazing choccy cellophane it certainly meant we were noticed walking through the streets of Brighton afterwards! The girls were delighted, and at £35 I actually felt this was better value than paying £7 for a chocolate lolly which would last minutes. The staff in the shop were an absolute delight and were just as whacky as the cakes but this is what makes Choccy what it is. Once we were home I was so relieved that the cake lived up to our expectations of it, and we are still feeding the whole street with cake!
Next up was the Choccy cafe which was only a minute or so walk away, and the girls couldn't believe their luck that they were being treated to both. The cafe is just as tiny as the shop and did look a little tired from the outside, but once inside the mad world continues with cups and saucers in the place of lightbulbs in the light fittings and stags heads under the tables. The drinks menu consisted of mainly everything chocolate which didn't appeal to me. No cokes or lemonades to be seen so I opted for a strawberry milkshake which was heaven in a glass. There were four adults and the woman advised us to share two slices of cake as they were large portions. We were so glad of her advice as we actually left cake and even between four of us couldn't finish it off. The cake was honestly the best cake I've ever eaten in my life and my uncle was especially surprised. He has lived in Brighton for 12 years but never visited the cafe or the shop, and in his own words 'expected it to be all fur coat and no knickers' but he too agreed it was amazing! The staff were again delightful and really took a shine to my two girls giving them a massive container of mixed sweets (as if they didn't have enough treats in the cake!). The free sweets did make up for the £30 odd bill (for two slices of cake and 6 drinks!).
Choccywoccydoodah is also situated in London with a much bigger shop, which we hope to visit soon ; )
Summary: 4 stars
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