A Chocaholic’s Guide To Melbourne
Being a chocaholic can be a difficult condition to live with. Luckily, we know just the places to get your fix.
The prime destination for guilt-free chocolate indulgence. Pana Chocolate has garnered an excellent reputation for their fair trade, vegan, gluten, dairy, soy and preservative free chocolate. The difference between Pana and your standard Cadbury block is that they use wholly organic ingredients with no added sugar and minimal heat, meaning that the chocolate retains high levels of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. So yeah, it’s practically a health food.
491 Church St, Richmond.
The Mörk Chocolate Brew House is a must-visit for any chocolate addict in Melbourne. Their specialty blend of chocolate comes from heavy blocks of pure unsweetened chocolate (100% cocoa liquor) carefully mixed together with unrefined coconut blossom sugar (a low GI sugar that just happens to be a diabetic friendly sweetener). While there are various cafes in Melbourne that stock Mörk’s range of chocolate powders, you will need to head to their Brew House to try their signature concoctions such as the iced chocolate soda or their camp fire hot chocolate, complete with marshmallows and a theatrical plume of camp fire smoke.
150 Errol St, North Melbourne.
Burch & Purchese
Darren Purchese knows a thing or two about desserts and chocolate is definitely not an exception. The Burch and Purchese Sweet Studio in South Yarra is a pastel pink haven for those with a sweet tooth. Stop by for an indulgent chocolate covered cake pop or try one of their almost-too-pretty-to-eat chocolate blocks in flavours such as spiced almond milk or vanilla caramelised white chocolate. Yummm.
647 Chapel St, South Yarra.
Master chocolatier Arno Backes has been working with chocolate for most of his life and has brought his European eye for excellence to Australia, creating high quality chocolate and tempting desserts. With over 400 varieties of chocolate treats to choose from, making a choice might be an issue. Our pick is the handmade truffles, which comes in milk, dark and white chocolate to make sure everyone’s tastes are catered for.
250 Toorak Road, South Yarra & 245 Collins Street, Melbourne.
Tucked away on the third floor of Emporium, Chokolait offers the hungry shopper the ultimate sweet oasis with high quality Belgium chocolate handcrafted to create the stuff of Willy Wonka dreams. The creative chocolatiers are always looking for new and innovate ways to turn their specialty chocolate into a plethora of sweet treats, such as their ability to take some of our favourite things like sticky date pudding and Pavlova and just make them better – by adding chocolate of course.
Level 3, The Emporium 287 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
Melbourne’s very own chocolate factory exists in Brunswick East inside the walls of Monsieur Truffle, where single-origin chocolate goes through the whole process from bean to bar in-house. The café puts the lovingly made chocolate to good use in the form of truffles, hot chocolates and a decadent fondue pot for two. Monsieur Truffle bars are always being made in deliciously new creative flavours and can be found in a range of specialty stores across Melbourne, so you know you can always get your fix.
351 Lygon St, Brunswick East
As Australia’s oldest chocolate producer, Haigh’s has been around for a while – since 1915 in fact. Haigh’s works with premium quality cocoa beans that are farmed with certified ethical and sustainable standards. Because their chocolate is created right from the bean they are able to create eight distinct chocolate blends, each with their own aroma and flavour. Your chocolate hit can come in endless forms at Haigh’s, but we are particularly fans of their famous freckles, their berry chocs (raspberries or strawberries encased in white then milk chocolate), and even the signature chocolate frogs – in dark chocolate of course. Don’t forget to hang around for the free chocolate tastings too.
Multiple locations: 26 Collins Street, Melbourne; 282 Collins Street, Melbourne; 715 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn; 499 Toorak Road, Toorak.
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