Chocolate pit stops from Tassie to WA (Happy Easter!)
Here are three places around Australia to get your chocolate fix this Easter.
Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery, Bellbrae, Vic
There are chocolate lamb sausages on the breakfast menu and chocolate beauty kits for sale at this family-friendly chocolaterie (gorci.com.au) between Torquay and Anglesea. Opened last September, its showroom is filled with thousands of chocolates made on site by European chocolatiers (above). There are free tastings, plus six hectares of lawns, native gardens and orchards to explore. Kids will love the 24 ice-cream flavours and the choc-coated jelly snakes.
House of Anvers, Latrobe, Tas
Belgian-trained master Igor Van Gerwen combines Tasmanian cream and butter and the world’s finest cacao to make his celebrated chocolates. At his factory in Tasmania’s north (anvers-chocolate. com.au), you can see chocolates being made, eat them in the café and buy them at the Tasting Centre to take with you. Anvers is famous for its truffles and the fudge isn’t far behind.
The Margaret River Chocolate Company, Metricup, WA
Declaring itself the home of Australia’s best brownies, this factory with showroom and café (chocolatefactory.com.au) has been operating since 1999. As well as fun stuff like giant freckles and rocky road, there’s single-origin chocolate from countries such as Ghana, Ecuador and Costa Rica. The sweetness comes with a social conscience, too; the company helps fund conservation of WA’s endangered fauna, including the quokka and western swamp tortoise.