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But there’s a new homegrown hero poised to step up: Otago Choco­late Com­pany (OCHO).

The eth­i­cal craft choco­late maker was founded in 2013 by for­mer jour­nal­ist Liz Rowe, but af­ter the clo­sure of Cad­bury’s Dunedin fac­tory she de­cided to en­list some peo­ple power.

In just two days she raised $2 mil­lion through crowd-fund­ing.

While soon to splash that cash on a flash new base on Dunedin’s water­front, OCHO’s cur­rent cafe-fronted fac­tory on Vo­gel Street de­liv­ers plenty of melt­ing mo­ments in the mean­time. Watch the au­then­tic choco­latemak­ing process from bean to bar and don’t leave with­out down­ing one of the ridicu­lously deca­dent hot choco­lates. I’ve en­joyed many a New Zealand road trip fu­elled by Jaf­fas, Buzz Bars and choco­late fish, so was keen to go straight to the source.

Sadly, the last packet of Pineap­ple Lumps rolled off the line at Cad­bury’s Dunedin fac­tory last week, with pro­duc­tion of some of its most iconic good­ies mov­ing to Aus­tralia.

The sil­ver-foiled lin­ing is that tours will con­tinue (in­clud­ing the fa­mous choco­late fall, pic­tured), with Cad­bury World plan­ning a new site and ex­pan­sion. The Jaffa Race is also ready to roll on July 20.

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