DMC Confectionery is based in the McLaren Vale, South Australia, an area rapidly gaining as much fame for their wines as the Barossa Valley and more besides. This picturesque part of my home state is also renowned for gourmet foods including olives, almonds, cheeses, organic produce, the best farmer’s market and chocolate.
This is where Barbara comes in. She contacted Dom and arranged to meet with me. Wisely, she came to my abode bearing gifts:
And she was also the bearer of knowledge which is even more powerful when combined with enthusiasm, determination and a dollop of humour. Needless to say we hit it off nicely.
DMC confectionery is a new reincarnation (or should that be ‘carnation’ if it’s new) of David Medlow Chocolates; a brand that is most well known for their gourmet, grown-up pectin jellies and ‘real’ Turkish delight. DMC confectionery still manufacture these and have even improved on them (watch this space for a review). They also make a uniquely Australian-flavoured filling for an extremely famous Australian chocolate making company who must, for legal reasons, remain nameless. Either that or I’ll have to kill each and every reader.
Fillings aside, DMC confectionery make chocolate frogs. For some reason, it is the frog that is the most famous shape for chocolate and DMC confectionery’s particular little bloke is sold in selected wineries and gourmet shops, still wrapped in de-identifying clear plastic or sold separately.
However, there is a way you can tell if they are DMC confectionery originals and not inferior copies. DMC frogs have toes. That’s right folks; toes! That’s the kind of attention to detail the DMC folk are into – that, and adding famous South Australian red wine varieties to their hand made chocolate truffles that I’ll be reviewing later.
Let’s get back to the milk chocolate frogs. They are truly delicious. To steal a phrase from Simon’s review of Tesco’s Cocopia milk chocolate, these frogs taste like all good quality chocolate frogs should (but often don’t) taste like. They are creamily sweet and could easily be accepted as the Chocolate Love Child produced from the secret fling between Cadbury Dairy Milk and Lindt Extra Creamy.
They melt easily on the tongue yet have enough of a cocoa flavour for adults (even those taking a short detour from The Dark Side) to appreciate. My forty year old and nine year old companion tasters agreed and eagerly ate a second, then third and fourth to keep reminding themselves of just how good they were.
Take heart, Aussie chocablog readers. DMC confectionery frogs and other chocolates including blocks, truffles and jellies are also sold interstate in Melbourne as well as at selected wineries, gourmet cafes and quality chocolatiers. Just remember to search for and buy only those with the toes.