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Avoid con­fec­tionery isle may­hem this Easter and dis­cover some of the best bou­tique con­nois­seurs based on the Sun­shine Coast

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IT IS time to swap the tra­di­tional break­fast of poached eggs on sour­dough for choco­late eggs and hot cross buns. We’ve hand­picked five of the most de­light­ful hand­crafted choco­lates

on the Sun­shine Coast for you to en­joy this Easter. You’re wel­come.

Choco­late Coun­try

Fancy chewy honey and can­died orange ganache hand-dipped in milk choco­late and dec­o­rated with can­died orange peel and a white choco­late cross? Per­haps roasted peanuts in a peanut

but­ter ganache within a milk choco­late cup and topped with caramelise­d peanuts is more your flavour? There’s an in­dul­gent

treat to sat­isfy all choco­late lovers at Montville’s Choco­late Coun­try. Cre­ate your own box and choose from the metic­u­lously crafted bites of next-level flavours. From fruit-in­fused choco­lates like man­darin, pas­sion­fruit or fin­ger lime truf­fles to crunchy

hazel­nut pra­line, pis­ta­chio pyra­mid and even liquor-in­fused treats like the Tia Maria or Coin­treau truf­fle… en­sure your

pass­port is handy be­cause you’ll be mak­ing a few trips to Choco­late Coun­try pre and post-Easter.

Leif choco­lates

Taste the 100% hand­made dif­fer­ence of Lief Choco­lates. The

bou­tique choco­late mak­ers do more than craft divine treats from the finest in­gre­di­ents; Lief Choco­lates pro­vide food for the soul.

Metic­u­lously hand­crafted in Maleny with its clean air, cool tem­per­a­tures and high rain­fall, ev­ery nat­u­ral and man-made as­pect is cru­cial to­wards cre­at­ing a del­i­cacy where the visual im­pact is as strik­ing as the taste sen­sa­tion. Take their Easter

bun­nies and eggs for ex­am­ple. Avail­able in dark, milk or white choco­late, each treat is painted with white choco­late to en­hance

fea­tures like teeth, eyes, noses and ears. No flaw will pass as each fi­nal prod­uct is thor­oughly checked, hand dec­o­rated with rib­bons, sealed in bags and care­fully boxed up for a mem­o­rable Easter de­liv­ery.

Nut­works

Choco­late and macadamias go to­gether like Easter and eggs. The pas­sion­ate macadamia grow­ers at Yandina’s Nut­works have been sup­ply­ing pre­mium macadamias to the Coast and be­yond

since 1993, so it comes as no sur­prise the Nut­works fac­tory cracked the art of choco­late mak­ing by 2002 to add to their

divine menu… and you can’t go past their all-time favourite Cho­col­i­cous Macadamias this Easter. Inside this choco-li­cous bag of hap­pi­ness you will taste the al­lur­ing com­bi­na­tion of Nut­works’ best-sell­ing Milk Choco­late Macadamias along with Dark Choco­late Macadamias, White Choco­late Macadamias,

Straw­berry-flavoured Macadamias and Jaffa-flavoured Macadamias.

The Choco­late Petal

Tech­ni­cally,and home­grown­this choco­late pro­duce… isn’t but hand­craft­edthe pre­sen­ta­tion us­ing is lo­cal some­thing­dairy else. Hand­made from a home kitchen in Currimundi, The

Choco­late Petal com­bines the beauty of flow­ers with the in­dul­gence of choco­lates wrapped up in one de­li­cious

con­fec­tionery bou­quet. Spoil some­one spe­cial this choco­late sea­son with a charm­ing Easter bou­quet. There’s a bunch to suit all ages and taste buds from a soft and cud­dly bunny rab­bit bear­ing six Lindt Lin­dor balls amongst his bou­quet of roses to a

lux­u­ri­ous golden Easter bou­quet with a 100gm Lindt Lindo Easter Bunny and six golden roses stuffed with your choice of

Lindt Lindo balls or Fer­rero Rocher. There’s even a bunch of wines you can add to spoil the liq­uid lovers. Visit choco­late­petal.com.au to customise your own Easter bou­quet.

At One

What’s a health nut to do over the Easter long week­end? You can have your choco­late and eat it too with the Sun­shine Coast

hin­ter­land-based food com­pany, At One. Their healthy Ca­cao Mint Raw Pa­leo Bars are crafted us­ing 100% raw in­gre­di­ents in­clud­ing dates, cashews, raw ca­cao, co­conut, mesquite pow­der, sea salt and pep­per­mint oil. While they may not be in

the shape of an egg, these nu­tri­tious bars have no added sugar, no preser­va­tives, no added flavours, ve­gan, gluten-free, a pure

pro­tein source, rich in an­tiox­i­dants, source of fi­bre, good source of omega-3 and tastes just as amaz­ing as keep­ing healthy feels.

PHOTO: CON­TRIBUTED.

Com­bin­ing flow­ers with choco­lates, The Choco­late Petal cre­ates charm­ing bouquets bear­ing divine choco­lates from a home kitchen in Currimundi de­liv­ered to your door. Choco­late is one of life’s lit­tle in­dul­gences, but there is a world of dif­fer­ence...

PHOTO: CON­TRIBUTED.

The Choco­late Petal makes Easter spe­cial for all ages.

PHOTO: LOU GIL­BERT

Yandina’s Nut­works is a must-visit choco­late des­ti­na­tion on the Coast.

PHOTO: NADINE SHAW

Cho­col­i­cous Macadamias from Yandina’s Nut­works are a fam­ily favourite year round.

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