Christine Taylor and the Choccywoccydoodah crew create chocolate art in the latest season of Chocco Fantasy.

Christine Taylor, owner of the chocolate shop Choccywoccydoodah and star of Chocco Fantasy
on FOX Life, remembers the moment she knew chocolate making was her life’s calling. “I plunged my hands straight into a big bowl of chocolate,” she laughs. “The first time you put your hands in molten warm chocolate and then try and make something out of that chocolate without panicking, without licking your fingers and without worrying—if you can enjoy that, then you know that you’re going to be a good chocolatier.”

Choccywoccydoodah has been serving up decadent chocolates and spectacular cakes since its doors opened in Brighton, England. The name of the shop is just as interesting as its creation. “That name was found at the bottom of a very large bottle of gin. It means nothing. It means everything when you’re drunk and nothing when you’re sober,” Taylor chuckles. To keep up with the high demand for their delectable treats, they buy 3,000 eggs a week, which they crack and beat by hand. Among their clientele are stars like Madonna, actor Wesley Snipes and singer Melanie C., better known as Sporty Spice from the Spice Girls.

ChocolateDreams_postSecondImageChocco Fantasy, the reality show that follows the exploits of Taylor and her colleagues, is now in its fifth season and, according to Taylor, is more wildly exciting than ever. “The craziest cake that we have ever designed was the one that will be featured in Season 5, the very last episode. It stretched us in every way that you could imagine.” Taylor credits the popularity of the show to her staff and their quest for perfection. “People really enjoy seeing clever people, my chocolatiers, struggling like mad, swearing their heads off, having the worst time of their lives trying to meet a challenge. I think that’s what keeps people glued to watching what we do. The fact that we could fail and that sometimes we really do.”

In the end, Taylor’s recipe for triumph in her shop and on TV is simple. “The secret to our success is that we’re not grand. We’re just very ordinary people with very obvious dreams, and I employ talented people who can fulfill those dreams. We create joy and people really appreciate seeing that joy being made.”

Choco Fantasy
Airs in June  |  Check your local listings   |  Fox life