Out with the cupcakes and in with the sinful delicacies. With the recent opening of Josophan’s and Princess Coco Chocolaterie in the CBD, it is clear that a chocolate storm is taking over Sydney. For some, it’s an occasional treat while for others it is daily necessity. But regardless of our reasons, it appears that our love for chocolate has dramatically changed from the days where a block of Cadbury’s dairy milk would suffice. Jenny Qin, owner and founder of the recently opened Choqlate in Pyrmont, explains her love for chocolate, “I love chocolate. I always wanted to open a chocolate shop and educate people about where chocolate comes from. Cacao is neutral and unsweetened and has a number of health benefits. Chocolate is not a naughty food. It is a superfood.” With an array of options such as single origin, Fair Trade and organic (to name a few), the flavour combinations, types and origins of chocolate are endless. And for the love of the bean, a rare breed of Sydney chocolatiers are showcasing their talents, sourcing the best cacao beans on offer.
Bon Bon Fine Chocolate
With two closely located stores (Strand Arcade and QVB), Bon Bon has been in high demand since its inception in 1982. With an emphasis on Belgian chocolate, sample the extra dark (70 per cent) hot chocolate from the Bezzera machine in the old world Strand Arcade store or purchase the dark Fair Trade slow roasted almonds, dusted with Ecuadorean cocoa. Treat yourself to a chocolate dessert at the cafe below, including the 60 per cent cacao chocolate mousse with crushed hazelnuts, honeycomb and Persian fairy floss.
Pitt Street: Shop 33, Strand Arcade, Sydney
QVB: 455 George Street, Sydney
With its CBD store ideally positioned at the Wentworth Connection to tempt tourists staying at the nearby Sofitel Hotel, Adora prides itself on handmade truffles. Using pure Belgian Callebaut couverture chocolate and cream cultured butter, their natural truffle flavours include passionfruit, ginger, espresso coffee and the Australian Bush Tucker wattleseed. With stores also located at Earlwood and Parramatta, Adora features a selection of chocolate coated marzipan, nut clusters, half dipped fruits, meringues, chocolate lollipops and nougats.
Sydney: Shop P9 Wentworth Connection, 2A Bligh Street, Sydney
Earlwood: 10 Homer Street
Parramatta: 2B/103 George Street
For a contemporary Belgian chocolate experience, head to this highly acclaimed quirky Darlinghurst space run by brother and sister team, Alex and Fanny Chan. Split into two levels, visitors can enjoy the floral South American Grenada Connoisseur Hot Chocolate Drink Set with praline and chocolate mousse at the upstairs Terrace Lounge or head below to admire jewel-like charms glimmering in the glass case such as ‘Balsamico’, balsamic vinegar with strawberry praline, or ‘Mira’, white chocolate ganache infused with Tasmanian mountain pepper berry and strawberry.
251 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst
Just William Chocolates
Suzanne Francis of Just William has been spoiling Eastern Suburb locals since 1984, long before William Street became a trendy fashion precinct. This cupboard size institution continues to attract shopfront peepers, admiring silver trays of decadent truffles, pralines, liqueur bombs, ganaches and old fashion favourites such as chocolate covered marshmallows and caramel fudge. This timeless space is also renowned for its simple but elegant gift boxes along with its extensive range of colourful ribbons behind the counter.
4 William Street, Paddington
Founded by artisan chocolatier Rebecca Kerswell, Coco specialises in organic chocolate. The compact Kirribilli store showcases the beautifully hand painted Siren collection, figs dipped in dark chilli chocolate and honeycomb in organic milk chocolate. Flavour combinations range from pink peppercorn and nutmeg, rosemary to earl tea and bergamot. But for a diverse sample, try the Swellegant box, featuring pink champagne truffles and cognac soaked raisins. Kerswell runs the renowned Sydney Chocolate School, where participants can learn traditional French tempering techniques on marble and enjoy an elegant high tea with glimmering harbour views afterwards.
Kirribilli: Shop 12/3a-9b Broughton Street
Mosman: Myahgah Mews Mosman, Rear 565 Military Road
The Sydney Chocolate School and Coco Chocolate Studio: Building 21, 1110 Middle Head Road, Mosman
At this chocolate workshop-meets-casual-cafe you can expand your knowledge about cacao and chocolate by diving into dessert books, Willie Harcourt-Cooze’s Cacao range or Callebaut products, all of which are available for purchase from the shelves. Be tempted by Belgian chocolate waffles or the Mayan hot chocolate shot made from 100 per cent cacao or ogle over the innovative couverture collection featuring natural flavours such as pineapple and elderflower, lemon myrtle and Murray River pink salt. Choqlate will be holding chocolate tempering and appreciation classes from October.
Shop 1, The Pinnacle, 104 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont
Belle Fleur Fine Chocolates
Drawing on four generations of handmade chocolate producers, Belle Fleur, owned and operated by the ter Heerdt family, is renowned for its refined Belgian Belcolade couverture assortment. With over 50 different flavour combinations, the bite size choices are endless, ranging from ganache infused with fresh chilli or rosewater to strawberry and cream, lemon meringue and lamington. Belle Fleur also carefully crafts an exquisite range of single origin bars with cacao beans sourced from destinations such as Peru, Papua New Guinea, and Vanuatu.
Rozelle: 658 Darling Street
Petersham: 584 Parramatta Road
Drive along William Street and it is likely that somebody will be outside this quaint store plunging into a dark chocolate ice cream sandwich. Run by husband and wife team, David Ralph and Jin Sun Kim, Kakawa offers a white open plan space where visitors can observe the talented chocolate craftsmanship while perusing the alluring praline flavours of tonka and vanilla and sea salted caramel. Also available are fudges, rocky road, nougat, caramels and single origin sourced from locations such as Costa Rica, Madagascar and the Caribbean.
147 William Street, Darlinghurst