As a young girl, I simply loved baking. I avidly watched cooking shows on public television, took a variety of cooking classes, and read cookbooks like they were novels.
My college roommate also enjoyed cooking and she inspired me to experiment in the kitchen, where I eventually began dabbling in chocolate confections. While falling in love with the creative and technical process, I mainly fell in love with the reactions from people enjoying my creations. Drawing on my Lebanese background, I began experimenting with authentic Middle-Eastern flavors such as pistachio butter and dates with rosewater, hand-made marzipan, and sesame butter.
Ococoa was created as a way to showcase a few of the best qualities of my Middle Eastern heritage, which I deeply respect. From our rich culture of traditions, hospitality, food, and friendship, you are warmly invited to share in my passion and enjoy our fine confections.
Owner and Chocolatier, Ococoa