A Chocolate Lover's Guide To Tasmania
Publishedon 06/09/2015 - 05:18 am
Warning: Do not read this article without a decent supply of chocolate at hand. Be sure that you are aware the location of your nearest 24 hour chocolate store, because without it - the insatiable desire that will stir in your appetite when you read what is about to be revealed to you, will be simply unbearable.
In all seriousness, Tasmania is one of the world’s best kept secrets as a chocolate lover’s haven. The abundance of good quality, creamy milk from local dairies coupled with fresh flavoursome produce such as juicy berries, nuts and liqueurs - has well and truly put Tasmania squarely on the chocolate lover’s map.
A chocolate tasting trail on the island will have you cross paths with some of the most creative chocolatiers around, and there’s a chance that you may never want to leave. Allow us to introduce you to the Chocolate Lover’s Guide To Tasmania.
House Of Anvers
The name ‘Anvers’ is synonymous with Tasmanian chocolate.
Igor Van Gerwen, born in Belgium and trained by confectionary masters in Belgium, moved to Tasmania in the late 1980’s - and started making chocolates in his garage after becoming frustrated that commercial chocolate bars was the extent of chocolate availability in Tasmania.
A couple of decades later and Anvers is now a household name, and the cafe and factory in Latrobe on the North West Coast is a leading Tasmanian tourist attraction. The House of Anvers cafe dishes up tasty treats such as Belgian style breakfasts, decadent Belgian waffles and creamy hot chocolate.
For more information, visit http://www.anvers-chocolate.com.au
Cocobean Chocolate Boutique
This delightful chocolate boutique in the Launceston CBD presents gorgeous handcrafted chocolates in beautiful boxes, and, according to locals make a heavenly hot chocolate.
Rick and Theresa Streefland took over the shop space of a previous Swiss chocolatier in 2008, and have since carried on using their secret recipes. The chocolates were originally made on the premises, and due to strong demand for the product they are now made offsite in a custom built kitchen.
Theresa is not interested in mass producing chocolates; she would prefer to keep things small-batch so that customers can enjoy only the freshest of produce. Only the finest ingredients are used at Cocobean, their cacao sourced from Swiss company Felchlin.
For more information, visit http://cocobeanchocolate.com.au
Federation Chocolate Factory
Federation Chocolate Factory is set amongst wilderness in beautiful Taranna, on the Tasman Peninsula, near Port Arthur.
Seventeen unique varieties of artisan chocolates are made in the factory using ingredients such as fruit, nuts, Tasmanian butter and Tasmanian wilderness mountain water. Some of these chocolate flavours include Apple, Licorice Lane, Rum & Raisin, Coffee Liqueur, Cherry Brandy and Brandied Apricot.
Besides chocolate, they also produce nougat, and a range of delicious fudge in flavours such as Crème Brûlée and Cookies & Cream. Leave enough time to decide which of their delicious chocolate flavours to take home with you - it won't be an easy decision!
Open Sunday-Friday, and on Saturdays you can find them at Salamanca Market in Hobart.
For more information, visit http://www.fudgey.com.au
Cat’s Tongue Chocolatiers
The team at Cat’s Tongue like to create a fun-loving work environment, and we can’t help but wonder if it's this good-natured humour that is the secret ingredient to their wonderful chocolate.
Apart from the cheery staff, you’ll be greeted by a very substantial selection of delicious handcrafted chocolates. Choosing a box to take home and savour, is the easy part. Deciding which chocolates to put in the box is the hard part.
The cafe's breakfast and lunch menu comprises both sweet and savoury dishes. To temp you is 'Dr Evil’ - a moist chocolate cookie sandwich with ice-cream and chocolate sauce, Nut Of Dough (a doughnut filled with chocolate crème pâtissière) or for ultimate decadence, Belgian Waffles.
For more information, visit http://www.thecatstongue.com.au
In the heart of Cygnet on the main street is a beautiful old bank building that now houses something more valuable than money - chocolate. Welcome to the home of Cygneture Chocolates.
As you peer into the glass cabinet at the intricate array of beautifully decorated chocolates, just try not to drool on the cabinet - if you can help it. Amongst the molded chocolate selection, you will find flavours such as Pomegranate, Lemongrass & Ginger, Elderflower, and Lotus Chai.
Other delectables included in Cygneture’s range are chocolate coated honeycomb, pralines, truffles and ganaches, to name a few. The focus on seasonal ingredients means that fruit which has been picked in the morning can find its way into a chocolate by lunchtime.
For more information, visit http://www.cygneture.com.au
Nutpatch is an gorgeous little chocolate boutique located in Kettering, just a 30 minute drive South of Hobart. Their leading product is hazelnut nougat, which has been meticulously perfected from an old Italian recipe, and is made using hazelnuts from their nearby orchard.
Also produced by Nutpatch are an impressive range of handmade chocolates which are ideal for special events such as weddings or birthdays. Whether it is molded lettering/numbers, brightly coloured flowers, a violin or a soccer ball, you can count on Nutpatch to deliver an exquisitely crafted chocolate that is so realistic in appearance, it will be the showpiece of any important event.
Small group Masterclasses are also offered, providing the opportunity to work one-on-one with Nutpatch Chocolatier John Zito.
For more information, visit http://nutpatchnougat.blogspot.com.au/p/home.html
Coal River Farm
Opened less than a month ago, the new Coal River Farm is well worth the drive out to beautiful Richmond. Aside from freshly made cheese, bread, jams and gourmet meals served in the cafe using their farm fresh produce, they make their own seasonal chocolates.
Some of the handmade creations you’ll find here are Milk or Dark Chocolate Almond Rocks (chocolate with caramelised almonds and rice puffs) and Chocolate Jewels - squares of chocolate decorated with candied orange, pistachios and caramelised hazelnuts.
Hot Chocolate devotees can grab a container of hot chocolate made onsite - in Original, Cinnamon or Chilli. Dining in? We suggest ordering the Coal River Farm Signature Classic Hot Chocolate served with a handmade chocolate dipped marshmallow.
For more information, visit http://www.coalriverfarm.com.au
Bruny Island Providore
You’ll be tempted to make a purchase if not just for the gorgeous old-school tins encasing these sweet offerings. Bruny Island Providore is a factory outlet for Island Produce Tasmania, who make the sweet treats offsite. A range of Tasmanian produce, gifts and toys are sold here and of course, chocolate.
Chocoholics can expect to find such gems as fudge - milk, white, dark chocolate and caramel, truffles, chocolate sauce, and chocolate coated almost everything (fruit, nuts, honeycomb). Are you on your way yet?
For more information, visit http://www.hiba.com.au
When the idea first sparked in Vanessa Harding’s mind four years ago, she probably didn’t expect that her creation would take off as quickly as it has.
Loaded RockyRoad is what Vanessa calls ‘Rocky Road with a modern twist’. Launched only in January this year, the business is quickly gaining popularity, with the Salted Caramel & Toffee Popcorn flavour having just recently won Bronze at the Hobart Fine Food awards.
The Rocky Road is made in a commercial kitchen in Devonport using locally sourced ingredients. Already there are twenty Tasmanian stockists selling the products, which are currently available in nine different varieties.
Tantalise your tastebuds with flavours such as Lemon Meringue & Macadamia, Honeycomb & Fig & Salted Cashew, Raspberry Delight, and limited edition flavours such as Orange Sherbet.
For more information, visit their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Loaded-RockyRoad/779432572095594
Kate’s Hand Crafted Chocolates at Kate’s Berry Farm
A drive along the East Coast of Tasmania would most definitely be incomplete without a stop at
Kate’s Berry Farm. Picture a charming little farm-shop on a hill flanked by a colourful pink flower garden, rows of juicy berries and views across the bright blue waters of Great Oyster Bay.
Yes, berries are the specialty but here you have the best of both worlds - berries AND chocolate. You’ll be salivating as you browse shelves laden with jars of chocolate coated freeze dried berries.
For those who are nuts about chocolate, this place is for you. Think Belgian chocolate covered macadamias, walnuts and almonds, to name a few. The chocolate coated coffee beans are also a must try.
For more information, visit http://www.katesberryfarm.com
The humble rhubarb may have a retro perception, but Malcolm Ryan is on a mission to change that with a ‘rhubarb revival’.
When Malcolm found himself with a garden full of rhubarb on his North-West Coast farm, he came up with an idea for the best possible use. This included a few years of extensive research, the delivery of a chocolate coating machine from Italy, and a touch of genius.
The end product, launched this year - is Ruby Delights. A crunchy, brilliant red coloured rhubarb centre coated in chocolate. Proving a hit, the unique product is already widely available across many Tasmanian stockists, and is the recent winner of a Silver and Bronze medal at the Tasmanian Fine Food Awards.
For more information, visit http://www.rhubydelights.com.au
Modo Mio Naked
Modo Mio Naked (Modo Mio translated to 'My Style’ in Italian) is the creation of Susanne Dobrowski, who makes chocolate brownies unlike any other. The current range includes seven tempting varieties, such as Death By Chocolate and Salted Caramel Fudge.
The moist, chocolatey baked goods have won multiple awards at the Hobart and Sydney Fine Food Awards, and are hand made using quality locally sourced Tasmanian ingredients. An ultimate chocolate indulgence!
For more information, visit http://www.modomio.com.au
Cadbury Chocolate Factory
There probably aren’t many people who are unfamiliar with the Cadbury brand. Cadbury’s factory in Claremont, Hobart was opened in 1922, the Tasmanian location party chosen for access to an abundant supply of fresh, quality milk. The factory is now the largest chocolate factory in the Southern Hemisphere.
Although factory tours are no longer available, the Cadbury Visitor Centre provides an opportunity to learn about how Cadbury Chocolate is made, and tastings are available here. Visitors can also purchase discounted chocolate from the factory outlet at the end of the visit.
For more information, visit https://www.cadbury.com.au/About-Cadbury/Cadbury-Visitor-Centre.aspx