To celebrate Easter we have chosen ten enticing chocolatiers from around the country. Which one is your favourite?
1. Chocamama, VIC
Melbourne-based Chocamama specialise in premium chocolates and confectionery. They are experts at mixing up old and new Chocamama’s to create incredible desserts and gifts. What can you expect to indulge in when you visit? Fresh licorice, Turkish delight, honeycomb, boiled lollies, Tasmanian fudge, nougat, peanut brittle, chocolate covered fruit and nuts and more!
2. Sue Lewis Chocolatier, WA
Western Australian-based Sue Lewis Chocolatier is run by Sue who is a qualified chef. With more than 20 years of experience working in London restaurants she has adapting the art of chocolate making from the master chocolatier Paul A. Young. When Sue moved to Perth in 2011 she started off her small business at the Subiaco Farmers Market. Her chocolate proved very popular so she opened her own working studio and shop in Subiaco. Sue creates fresh handmade chocolates using the world’s finest covertures blended with local, seasonal and organic produce.
3. Chocolate Drops, WA
Chocolate Drops is a specialty chocolate shop and tearoom located in the Yanchep National Park in Western Australia. This ‘chocolate haven’ integrates the historic and cultural surroundings. They have been producing handmade chocolates with an Australian focus since 2005 and their cute Tearooms specialises in creative coffee and hot chocolate.
4. Red Cacao Chocolatier, SA
South Australia’s Red Cacao chocolates were founded by chocolatier Marcus Booth-Remmers. He uses only the finest European Couverture in his chocolate. Where did he learn his craft? His passion for chocolate began during the period where he worked in some of South Australia’s top restaurants as a patisserie chef. He also did a European tour to learn from the ‘chocolate experts’. It’s a hard job but someone has to do it!
5. Just Bliss Chocolates, SA
Just Bliss is a South Australia’s boutique chocolatiers which specialises in handmade chocolates using premium couverture. This small family business of chocolate lovers ensure their enticing creations are produced in small batches using traditional techniques and the finest ingredients.
6. Mayfield Chocolates, QLD
Gold Coast chocolatier Mayfield Chocolates was founded in 1993 by Peter Ingall and the late Danica Antunovich. Now based in Brisbane, Mayfield has always used real Australian ingredients to create chocolate in an imaginative and original ways. Their recipes are developed in their Brisbane test kitchen and evaluated by ‘experts’ (now that’s a job we’d happily volunteer for). Their chocolates the best ingredients including fresh cream and cocoa butter.
7. Belle Fleur Fine Chocolates, NSW
Sydney-based chocolatier Belle Fleur (which means ‘Beautiful Flower’ in French) make freshly handmade chocolates daily. They draw on four generations of chocolate-making expertise with over 30 years in their business. The dedicated small team at Belle Fleur produce traditionally handcrafted chocolates in contemporary flavours and shapes.
8. Dello Mano, QLD
Dello Mano is a Brisbane based family business founded in 2006 by Deborah and Bien Peralta. They began with a stall at the local Farmers Markets and then moved to become a thriving business. They now ship their decadent brownies across Australia and internationally.
9. Josophan’s Fine Chocolates, NSW
Blue Mountains chocolatier Josophan’s Fine Chocolates is based in the historic village of Leura. They create fine chocolates using Fair Trade certified chocolates and ‘fresh flavour infusions’. Their chocolate boutique fronts onto the cherry blossom lined street where the public can also watch the chocolate production through a viewing window.
10. Monsieur Truffe, VIC
Melbourne-based Monsieur Truffe opened its first store in Prahran market in 2006 which was a dedicated one-man operation. What started as a simple selection of bars and their ‘bean-to-bars’ range has skyrocketed to incorporate beans from around the world. Monsieur Truffe’s chocolate factory and retail space is now Brunswick based. This small business is committed to sharing an artisanal approach to chocolate-making with fellow chocolate lovers.
11. Fun facts about Easter
Did you know?
1. The tallest Easter egg chocolate was made in Italy in 2011. It stood at 10.39 meters and weighed 7,200 kg.
2. The term Easter gets its name from Eastre, the Anglo-Saxon goddess who symbolises the hare and the egg.
3. The idea of the Easter bunny giving candies and eggs is believed to have originated in Germany during the middle ages.
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