Chocolatier revamped “like a jewelry store” with sweets


SOUTH BARRINGTON, Ill. (AP) – After purchasing and remodeling a chocolatier in South Barrington, a suburban businessman is now considering expanding to Barrington.

Mauricio Andrade of North Barrington owns the Cocolotte Chocolate Factory in the South Barrington Arboretum, near Higgins Road and Route 59. The business was previously Anna Shea Chocolates, which Andrade acquired in March.

The name “Cocolotte” comes from the combination of the nickname of Andrade’s daughter, Chloe, Coco, and the name of his other daughter, Charlotte.

Andrade set out to transform the store’s decor as well as its offerings, reports the Daily Herald.

Once dark and frilly, it now has a white color scheme and white marble glass displays, “like a jewelry store,” he said.

Andrade said he kept all of the previous employees, who continue to use the same recipes to make chocolates and candies.

It is also expanding the range of homemade sweets.

Anna Shea sold cupcakes and purchased ice cream from other companies, Andrade said. Cocolotte makes its own cupcakes and will be launching its own ice cream, he said.

In January, he hopes to add homemade macaroons and more pastries, like éclairs.

“They (Anna Shea) had high quality products and we’re going to add more high quality ones,” he said. “We decided to create our own because we want to stand out with freshness and quality. “

Meanwhile, Andrade is also working on opening a new location in Barrington, in the old Carpet Mill building.

Barrington Village Council recently granted special use to the property, allowing it to become a retail chocolate store up front with prep and shipping areas to the rear. Andrade said he hopes to open around June.

Suzanne Corr, president and CEO of the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce, said the group is planning a ribbon cutting for the South Barrington Cocolotte at 4 p.m. on December 7.

“Who doesn’t like chocolate? Said Corr. “We are always happy to see people succeed. Chocolate, fancy chocolate, and gift chocolate are something that seems to be on everyone’s list all year round.

Andrade has a unique story: he was born in Brazil and met his Filipino wife while living in the Philippines. The couple moved to Las Vegas, where they lived for 15 years until Andrade retired from a company that made slot machines. They moved to North Barrington in 2016.

“We decided to move because Vegas is not a great place to raise a family,” he said. “We were looking around and found the Chicago area suburbs – and we fell in love.”

Andrade said he had done some consultations and finally decided he wanted to start making ice cream, which he loves.

He made several trips to Italy in 2018 and early 2019 to research old family recipes in small town ice cream parlors, he said.

“When you walk up to (these stores) you say, ‘What is that smell? It smells like strawberries. When they make a flavor, everyone around the store over 100 feet can smell it, because the smell is amazing.

Andrade said he signed a contract with a northern suburban mall to open an ice cream stand, but the plan was derailed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I said, ‘I have to start over after the pandemic,'” he said. “Then I saw Anna Shea was for sale and I said, ‘Wow, let’s go. “


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