Pana Chocolate

Pana Chocolate

491 Church Street Richmond 3121
1300 717 488

Pana is a sanctuary for the sweet toothed who want to keep their consciences clean. There are no sugar-loaded "chocolate" treats here. All you’ll find to indulge in are natural desserts made only from plant-based, organic ingredients. Cacao beans from the Amazon, coconut oil cold-pressed in the Philippines and dark agave nectar from Mexico form full-flavoured treats.

There is the Vespa Wheel (distant cousin to the Wagon), a buckwheat wafer biscuit with a soft coconut marshmallow centre encased by a gooey raspberry chia jam and dipped in cacao. There is also a near endless selection of truffles, ganache, fudge, cookies, lamingtons, cream-pops and brownies.

Production of the 10 types of bar – including the dense and richly textured fig with wild orange, sour cherry with vanilla and mint – happens by hand in a small-scale kitchen behind the shop. Owner Pana Barbounis believes that what remains at the core of Pana is its handcrafted quality. And when you open up the packaging, you can tell that a human has made and wrapped the chocolate.