Having travelled through her early career as a journalist, Helen Fraser developed a love for good food...

When celebrating her birthday on the top of a mountain in Finland, she decided to make the jump into a new career in the food sector.

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She had completed a Diploma in Professional Cookery, but over time, came to realise that her real passion was for fine chocolate. She loved the science of chocolate, and the creative freedom it gave her to explore different flavours and combinations.

She studied the artisan way of creating different chocolates, working with some of Europe's most highly regarded practitioners, learning to blend fresh ganache, hand-roll soft melting truffles, and mould gorgeous chocolate pralines.

In 2009, Cocoa Mama was born, and Helen started producing chocolates – from her home kitchen, selling through farmers markets, hotels and restaurants. But even then, the dream was to find a local venue where the chocolates could be sold and courses in chocolate making could be run.

So in 2012, the Cocoa Mama chocolaterie - known locally as The Chocolate Cafe - became the latest foodie destination to arrive in the Suffolk town of Eye. Committed to providing the freshest quality products, and being a central feature for a local foodie community!