FLOYD, Va. – At Cocoa Mia, experience is everything.
Co-owner, Jennifer Rudd, explains “Chocolate is far different than what you experience in America.”
That became clear when her husband, Gray, had me try an assortment of chocolates from different countries and from their shop as well. Part of the international interest comes from the time that Gray spent abroad.
“I wanted it to be what I had when I was in Paris.”
This desire is part of why their hot chocolate mix recently was awarded in Virginia Living.
Owning a business like this was foreign to them up until about three years ago. Gray Rudd recalls, “The first thing we did was buy the best confectionary college textbook we could find.”
For Jennifer, a scientist by trade, “Techniques I learned in the laboratory really correlate well to chocolate making.”
They incorporate the weather into the chocolate-making process, which (of course) is right up my alley. Jennifer explains that, “It’s very dependent on temperature and humidity.”