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Newmarket's Cocoa May produces brownies so delicious, words (almost) fail

Founded by Rosie Yates, a former recruitment exec who quit her “successful but unfulfilling” job to bake for a living in 2017, Cocoa May produces brownies so delicious, words almost fail. Striking the perfect balance between soft and chewy, chocolate and the chosen flavour (salted caramel, peanut butter, raspberry and white chocolate, pistachio and sea salt. . .), they’re rich, satisfying, dangerously moreish.

Rosie, who runs the business from her near-Newmarket home, says she’s been a keen baker all her life: “Even as a young girl, I loved baking, and I particularly loved brownies.” It remained a hobby until, jaded by her London day job, she decided to save up, take time out and do a three-month course at Ireland’s esteemed Ballymaloe Cookery School.

“That really ignited my passion for working in food in the long run,” explains Rosie. “Ballymaloe instils in you a knowledge and respect for using the highest quality ingredients available, thus producing the best possible product.”

When setting up Cocoa May, quality of ingredients was paramount: best British butter, free-range eggs and Callebaut chocolate are at the core of all Rosie’s recipes.

Selling at farmers’ markets and fairs throughout the year, as well as via her online shop, Rosie has seen her brownies featured in Country Life, BBC Good Food and Olive Magazine.

“I wanted a business where I could focus on one amazing product,” adds Rosie, “but develop a range of incredible flavours, becoming known as a brand for my stand-out brownies.” As anyone who’s tried a Cocoa May brownie will attest: mission accomplished.

Priced £13.50 for a box of eight, Cocoa May brownies can be ordered for postal delivery at cocoamay.com. Delivered in a letterbox-friendly gift box, you don’t need to be in when they arrive (but, cautions Rosie, please make sure hungry pets aren’t in the vicinity).

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