Australia

This page shows Chocablog posts (primarily reviews) about chocolate originating in Australia.

Rocky Road Face-Off

Two Australian rocky roads go head to head.

Delicasey’s Selection

A selection of new flavours from Delicasey's chocolate.

Bracegirdles Dark Chocolate Cranberries

Dark chocolate covered cranberries from Bracegirdles.

Haigh’s Berries

Fruit flavoured chocolate balls from Haigh's

McLaren Vale And Bracegirdles House of Fine Chocolate

A quick chocolate tour of McLaren Vale, South Australia

Delicasey Selection (Part 2)

Another selection of chocolates from Sydney's Delicaseys.

Zokoko Tranquilidad 72%

Australian bean-to-bar chocolate made with wild Bolivian beans.

Daintree Estates, Australian Cocoa

Are we finally about to see commercially successful chocolate made from Australian cocoa beans?

Haigh’s Dark Couverture

A simple 53% dark chocolate from Australian chocolate maker Haigh's.

Delicaseys Selection

A selection of dark chocolates from Australian chocolatier Casey Sheehan.

Melba’s Chocolate Scorched Peanuts & Coffee Beans

Melba’s Chocolate Factory at Woodside is one of those places you go on a tourist drive through the Adelaide Hills; or you take a busload of kids there for a school excursion.

Cooking Chocolate Face-Off

Some months ago, as I was wondering the aisles of my local Foodland, I found Nestlé Plaistowe 70% cooking chocolate. I was curious, but decided to come back to it some other time. Then, more recently, I found alongside it, Lindt …

Chocolatier Assortment

Chocolatier are an Australian company based in Melbourne who have been in business for over 25 years, strange that their products rarely show up in the mass market.

Seaton Fire Slightly Wild & Mild Chai

I recently received some samples from Seaton Fire Chocolates – who proclaim themselves Australia’s Favourite Chilli Chocolate (as voted by their customers). I have to admit that the marketing tag line does put me off a bit; but it also intrigues …

Delicaseys Ginger Crisp

A few months ago I received a present of three selections from Delicaseys Sydney chocolate range. The first two were exceptionally good. Like a child with a favourite food, I put what I thought would be my favourite aside to …

Sugarless Gourmet Dark Chocolate

After a hard day crawling over and under the house doing a spot of new data wiring – it was time for a reward. The choices on a nice spring day came down to a cold beer, or a cup …

Cadbury Dairy Milk Black Forest

The other day I took a trip to Reading in order to do a little shopping, and quite by chance I found myself wandering along Harris Arcade, a rather old fashioned passageway of glass-fronted shops which is home to an …

Delicaseys Fleur De Sel

Part of the goody bag I recently received included a few Delicaseys chocolates from Sydney. I was hugely impressed with the Orange Bliss that I tried first. Next on the list is Fleur De Sel – or as the package describes …

Delicaseys Orange Bliss

The other (better?) half had a short holiday in Sydney with her sister recently, and came back bearing gifts of chocolate. The “Delicaseys” range were apparently what was available at the local shops, so she had to buy some. I’ve been …

Lindt Essence Assorted Selection

I’ve been itching to try these since seeing them appear on our Supermarket shelves some time ago – a new (?) Lindt offering! Or at least – one I’d not come across before. The small bag contains filled chocolates; to quote …

Arnott’s Tim Tam Crush Double Choc Crunch

Both Kath and I have written before about the venerable Tim Tam, and the assortment of fiddles, fixes, and changes that Arnott’s have made over the years to their winning formula. Amongst the stable of Tim and his cousins, the Honeycomb …

Menz Cherrichocs

The long summer here in southern Australia is drawing to a close. Days are getting shorter, temperatures are coming down, warm clothes are being found, and the rains have come to a dry country. Here where I live, when it rains, …

Gourmet Provisions Hazelnut and Chocolate Soft Nougat

I was in my local Foodland a few days back, and saw Nougat. Being something of a sucker for a nice Nougat, I just had to pick one up to see what it was like. I have to confess mixed feelings …

Ricci Dark Chocolate Coated Licorice

OK, I have to come clean. I’m a sucker for licorice. Strange thing is, the rest of the family hate it with a vengeance, which of course means more for me. Boo hoo. When I was a kid, licorice came in …

Ballantyne Exotics Luscious Berries

We found this rather generous 300 gram box of goodies some time ago, and it has been sitting in The Stash ever since, waiting for an opportunity. Trouble is, The Stash is growing, and causing household friction: “Use up some …

Noosa Blueberries In Dark Chocolate

From Australia, courtesy of lucky traveling friends (when do I get to go to somewhere warm and exotic?) this bag purports to contain “A luscious combination of whole Natural Blueberries wrapped in the world’s finest award winning Premium Dark Chocolate”. …

Menz Turkish Delight

I have written and raved before about Menz Fruchocs– an institution as well as an addiction. News! The have an on-line shop, so desperate South Oz expats can get their fix – for a no-doubt suitable shipping fee. But even …

Darrell Lea Rocklea Road

I was very pleased to have a visit from some friends who had recently been to Australia and Singapore, and they were kind enough to source me a few items for us to try together after dinner. From Australia, this …

Leda Minton

Today brings another sampling of the staple food of the chocolate fiend: the Chocolate Mint biscuit. I spotted the Leda Minton “(Now with a DARK CHOC coating)” in my local supermarket the other day, and thought it was worth a try …

Cadbury Old Gold – Before & After

Before As readers will no doubt be aware, Cadbury in Australia have taken a lot of flak for changing the formulation of their chocolate – specifically adding the dreaded “Vegetable Fat” – which turned out to be Palm Oil. At the …

Naturally Good D’Lush Double Choc Biscuits

Strangely enough, chocolate biscuits are a bit of a weakness of mine. Finding something new was a bit a treat. I found these chocky bikkies in my local supermarket a week or so ago and they have been calling, tempting …

Ernest Hillier Ginger

Time again for the Picky Ginger Freak – that’s me – to try another offering and see what it’s like. Ernest Hiller proudly proclaims on his pack to have been in business since 1914, presumably they must be doing something right …

Nestlé Club Cashew Nut & Cherry

Mmmmmm, I hear you say. Cashew & Cherry. A fabulous combo in a family block from the supermarket. Lead me to them. Nestlé have been pushing Club chocolate for years, and recently we have had the packaging upgrade (cardboard just like …

Dark Chocolate Fruchocs

Way back when, the Kath-that’s-moved-on reviewed the South Aussie classic – the Fruchoc. Go read the review. There, now, doesn’t that make you feel better? Want one? Difficult because although Mr Robern Menz makes about 67 million of these things each …

Menz Choccy Crows

When it comes to football and sponsorship, I suppose anything goes. Even chocolate is not immune. When it comes to football and me, I couldn’t care less. A bunch of big burly blokes running around assaulting each other for a couple …

Vault

Safeway supermarkets (aka Woolworths in Australian states other than Victoria) have introduced a brand of ‘fun sized’ chocolates in several varieties that are shameless copies of big sellers and are considerably cheaper than the similar-sized bags produced by Cadbury and …

Arnott’s Honeycomb Tim Tam Crush

I was unchained today and allowed into the supermarket. So I came home with chocolatey goodies, as one does. Amongst my haul was the Tim Tam Crush, something I saw in passing. I bought it on a whim; after all the …

Cadbury Bubbly

No, it’s not champagne, but Cadbury’s very cheeky and blatant copy of Nestlé’s classic Aero bar. Why Nestlé didn’t register names such as the obvious ‘Bubbly’ to protect their product is beyond me, but it’s taken Cadbury many years to either …

San Churro Tapas

The thing I enjoy about being a chocolate reviewer is that even though I have to run and power walk as often as possible so that I don’t resemble a human Lindor ball, it does make me feel as though …

Nestle Club Cashew Nut & Cherry

Nestlé have repackaged their Club Dark chocolate range and some of my favourites (sob) didn’t make the transition. Farewell, dear Mandarin, Club Cappuccino and Mild & Creamy – it was nice knowing you! But a new player has …

Newman’s Nutty Caramel Treat

This looks like it’s fairly new – a companion bar to the delicious Newman’s Ginger Treat and Peppermint Treats reviewed earlier and enjoyed many times since. And yes, I bought two so that the taste test is thorough, no …

San Churro El Fuego Dentro Selection

San Churro is an Australian-based chocolateria that owes its origins to Spanish chocolate as well as their relaxed, sociable way of life. San Churro was the head monk for the Queen of Spain in the sixteenth century and saw …

The Chokolait Hub

It was my husband and daughter who visited this place on an outing together. They liked the chocolate mousse pie so much that they phoned me to tell me about it. Actually ‘taunting’ is probably a better word …

Loving Earth Selection

Having reviewed the Loving Earth Raw Organic Lucuma and Maca chocolate block previously, I was intrigued to try their smaller, 40 gram bars of raw chocolate, especially when their blurb tells me that this has up to four times as …

A Spoonful of Sugar Chocolate Ginger

My friend and colleague Don has been visiting from Australia’s Deep North – in this case, it’s not as far north as one can go, but Townsville, in tropical Far North Queensland. Land of Bananas, Tea plantations, Coffee, Australia’s own …

Cadbury Dairy Milk Desserts Berry Pannacotta

The Cadbury Dairy Milk Desserts range has been around for about three years now and has either been a definite Yay or a Nay. It’s been no surprise to notice that their tragic versions of desserts such as lemon …

RT Delight Authentic Turkish Delight

We seem to have had some pretty ordinary Turkish Delights found and tested, here in the Chocablog Test Kitchen. Or should that be Test Lounge? Either way, Turkish Delight (hereafter called TD) seems to lead to strong opinions – some …

Golden Days Dark Chocolate Sesame Snaps

I’ve just been to my favourite Foodland supermarket to find Violet Crumbles to review for Chocablog, only to find its already been done. Curses! And while there, horror of horrors, they have rearranged and removed what must be slow-moving stock. …

Kirsten Tibballs, Savour Chocolate and Patisserie School

Kirsten Tibballs is one of Australia’s most respected and talented chocolate and pastry chefs, and runs the Savour Chocolate and Patisserie School with fellow expert Paul Kennedy. This diminutive pocket-rocket won the 2004 World Championships for her hand made …

Ultra Fine Foods Dark Chocolate Orange Bliss

Oh what promise these start with. A name like Orange Bliss means something special, something out of this world! HOWEVER, I’m sorry, but a maker called “Ultra Fine Foods” doesn’t have much of a ring to it, and I find it …

Max Brenner Selection

Having recently visited and loved Max Brenner’s, it was time to try some of their chocolates that are displayed as reverently as jewellery in glass cases. Lovely shop assistant Siwei had thoughtfully written a kind of tic-tac-toe inspired diagram that listed …

Loving Earth Raw Organic Chocolate

Loving Earth is a Melbourne-based company that makes chocolate from the highest quality organic ingredients they have literally found and brought back from their community development work and sojourns around the world. They buy their cacao from an indigenous community …

Cadbury Old Gold Roast Almond

Cadbury has been revamping the Old Gold range. For a long time the choices didn’t seem very extensive, and Old Gold was a bit of a yawn. Been round for ages. Yawn. Let’s try something else. I’m pleased to say that …

Nestlé Golden Rough / Mint Pattie

Like the Wagon Wheel, Chomp, Polly Waffle and Violet Crumble; Golden Roughs and Mint Patties have been around for as long as I can remember (at least 35 out of my 40 years). However, I couldn’t remember when I’d …

Lizzy’s Chocolate Creations

My good mate Justine suddenly pulled the car off the main drag and said, “Get out. I mean it – Get out! You have to come inside here with me.” Luckily she was pointing to Lizzy’s Chocolate Creations (lizzyschoc@bigpond.com) in Carnegie, …

Cocoa Belgian Dark

Every now and again you have to get a pleasant surprise, and yesterday was one of those days. The Lady of the House likes to make snide remarks about “The Chocolate Obsession”. But she also finds new and different things when …

Nestlé Club Classic Peppermint Cream

Eldest Son has been berating me for converting him to the Dark Side. He doesn’t much like milk chocolate any more, and at age 15, he’s pretty unimpressed that something he used to enjoy is not seen as so flash …

KitKat Chunky Cookies & Cream

I love the new KitKat Dark and am quite partial to the milk chocolate KitKat Chunky or Chunky caramel when I’m starving but was put off any new flavours in the chunky range by the very ordinary Cookie Dough I …

Premier Food & Beverages

If someone invites you to visit one of ‘the most comprehensive chocolate showrooms in Melbourne’ you’re not going to say ‘no thanks,’ are you? And so one nice morning I met Oliver Dede and Rainer Sandmann of Premier Food and Beverages …

Oliveria Mediterranean Chocolates

At the recent Melbourne Food and Wine Festival was a day called Wicked, in which the ‘Melt’ chocolate hall was my very first – and most important – port of call. Amongst the divine range of chocolates on offer to taste, …

Arnott’s Tim Tam Sweet Surrender

As most of you know, Arnott’s Tim Tam chocolate biscuits are huge in Australia, but every now and then they try and release some new flavours that taste chemical-laden and ordinary; and die a marketing death never to appear on …

Theobroma Chocolate Buddha

One of the nicer things about being an unashamed chocoholic is that friends always know what presents to give you, and dear mates Jill and Kent decided to bring over a chocolate Buddha from Melbourne’s Theobroma Chocolate Lounge during their …

Willabrand Chocolate Enrobed Figs

A while back I tried, and reviewed here, the Willabrand Dark Chocolate Figlettes. The figlettes are little chaps, and at the time I mentioned they have a big brother. Today was the chance to give him a try. The figlettes are …

Lindt Lindola

A few weeks ago, we had an intelligent, thoughtful and excited reader by the name of Tam get in touch: Hi Guys! I’m so confident of Lindt’s ‘Lindola’ collection, (found in Aussie Woolworths thus far) I’ll buy a box for our ‘local …

Max Brenner, Melbourne

Max Brenner has been a worldwide phenomenon that has managed to escape my attention until recently, as I mistakenly assumed it was too posh to enter. His website seems to either reveal very little or freeze up, so I …

Cadbury Chomp (Australia)

This is a blast from the past. Chomp bars were everywhere here in the late seventies and eighties and were one of the cheapest chocolate bars you could buy. Still are in fact and a mother at my …

Newman’s Peppermint Treat

I have never liked mixing the flavours of peppermint (or mint) with milk chocolate and particularly loathe Cadbury’s Peppermint block. You know the one; Dairy milk with snot-green fluid inside. However after absolutely loving Newman’s Ginger Treat, when …

Harry’s Rocky Road Turkish Delight

I’m a relatively new fan of Rocky Road because the stuff I had in childhood usually consisted of crappy compounded chocolate, stale biscuits and rubber-hard raspberry jellies that made eating it about as much fun as feasting on bitumen. …

Pink Lady Chocolate Bilby

To the non-Australian chocolate fans amongst us, the above heading might sound a bit alarming or even slightly rude, but it’s not. Pink Lady is an Aussie owned chocolate company based in Melbourne (so I’ll hopefully be paying them …

Healtheries Nougat Roll

After my previous Healtheries Atomic Cherry experience, I approached this one with some trepidation. The Healtheries Simple Nougat Roll, with its friendly pictures of coconut and apricot, looks appealing. I decided to ignore the “Fact File”. Debunking “health” claims is getting …

The Luckiest Bloke In Melbourne?

An Interview with Thomas Schnetzler, Lindt’s Maître Chocolatier for Australia Swiss-born and raised Thomas Schnetzler chose a patisserie and confectionery apprenticeship and after completing his mandatory Swiss army service a month shy of his twentieth birthday, found himself in Melbourne. …

Ballantyne Ginger Lovers

I’ve had a long fascination with chocolate ginger – for me it is just one of those combinations that works really, really well – provided a rich dark chocolate is used. Knowing this, The Lady Of The House was very …

Woolworths Select Dark Chocolate

After trying Woolworths almond milk chocolate, my hopes were hovering at around pond slime level when their Dark Chocolate block was ready for reviewing. As with the other block, the presentation leaves a lot to be desired. If …

Woolworths Select Almond Chocolate

One of the most disappointing reactions anyone can have after looking forward to their daily (for me) or weekly chocolate treat is to snap off a few squares, let it swirl around the mouth for a few moments before dismissively …

James Road Dark Chocolate Coated Oranges

James Road? Who on earth is James Road? Or where is it? Is it a name or a place? Such are the questions that spring to mind when presented with this box – a gift from the Lady of the House’s Big …

Nestlé Club Classic Fruit & Nut

Nestlé have been selling “Club” chocolate in the wide brown land of Oz for roughly forever. As my colleague and fellow enthusiast Kath has pointed out, the brand has had something of a revamp. Having tried the mixed berry, the …

David Jones Handmade Assortment

David Jones is perhaps the poshest of Australia’s department stores, with their food hall nearly as legendary as Harrods’. Brushing aside their specialist butcher, baker, cake selections, delicatessen, greens, sushi and salads are, naturally, their chocolates. I’ll save their truffles …

Newman’s Ginger Treat

I love chocolate (of course) and I love ginger almost as much but in every form – sweet, savoury, fresh, crystallised, dried, powdered and especially coated in top quality dark chocolate. I’ve eyed off the Newman’s Ginger Treats for …

Healtheries Simple Cherry Bliss

I love my local Foodland store. Each visit turns up something new or unusual. They have the usual selection of Cadbury and Lindt, but it’s the selection of other odds and ends that I look out for. So I was quite …

Yarra Valley Chocolate Swirl

I was in the department store David Jones on a sweltering 39C day and, in air-conditioned comfort happened to ‘find’ myself in their gourmet food hall’s chocolate section. Admittedly what attracted me initially was the similarity to those Hotel Chocolat type …

Menz Choccy Froggys

Today must be silly day. A day for leaping with delight at the thought of hopping into some frogs. But not quite as the French might. Menz have been making confectionary in Adelaide for a long time – roughly forever. They …

KitKat Dark

There is a god after all. I’ve pontificated on before about the wonders of dark chocolate and yet I’ve always been partial to the odd KitKat or seven. Classic or chunky, they’re both good but to see it now available …

Newman’s Chilli Bites

Christmas was a pretty quiet affair this year, and I even asked that Santa not bother paying me a visit – I’m old enough now to have the things I need, and can afford the things I want when I …

Dark Chocolate Taste Test

Aussie Chocabloggers Ashleigh and myself made the happy discovery that we both live in the same city. We and our respective families have met up a few times, found each to our liking and decided to have a blind …

Cocoa Farm Shiraz Chocolate Wine Barrels

Now that we’ve had the recent Cocoa Farm query cleared up, let’s get on to more interesting and important matters, such as their new Shiraz chocolate wine barrels. Cocoa Farm is rapidly becoming known as THE chocolatier in Australia who …

Cadbury Eight Moments

It is always too easy to mock and dismiss Cadbury chocolate as it’s been around forever, is always affordable, predictable, safe and reliable and has about as much personality and flavour thrills as a bathroom tile. Therefore, I wasn’t too excited …

Chocolate @ No5

Hahndorf is an old German town nestled in the hills of Adelaide, South Australia and is more known for its kitsch souvenirs and dodgy looking sausages and sauerkraut than chocolate. However, earlier this year a new player emerged amongst …

Well, naturally AntiOx with Açaí fruit

Another from the stable of chocky that claims to be good for you, this one came courtesy of the health food aisle in our local Woolworths. There seems to be a trend in making and selling things high in antioxidants, it’s …

Haigh’s Milk Chocolate Sultanas & Scorched Almonds

It is with some measure of sadness that I am leaving my home state – and the proud home of Haigh’s Chocolates – South Australia – for a new(ish) life in Melbourne. However it is with great comfort to …

Cocoa Farm Pinot Noir

We recently found Cocoa Farm by accident. They even seem to export to the UK, though the packaging is quite different. In Australia, it’s not that easy to find – some of the second line supermarkets stock the range, and …

Willabrand Dark Chocolate Figlettes

Newest Aussie Chocablogger Ashleigh Quick takes a look at something a little different from down under…. Back when I was a kid, if you wanted jam (jelly, for you Americans), you bought Glen Ewin. It was only about 30 years ago …

Walkers Cherry Brandy Liqueurs

I know I know; cherry liqueur choccies are the cocoa equivalent of Benny Hill – very popular in the 1970s but rarely discussed or touched since then. However I have always liked them. Loved them in fact, but have …

Dick Smith Temptin’

The rather unfortunately named Dick Smith is a living Aussie icon (which is rare, because we tend to celebrate hanged bushrangers, dead horses and failed explorers), well known for making his millions from cheap electronics before selling off his business …

Swiss Glory Showbag

Here in Adelaide, South Australia, we have an annual Royal Agricultural Show. A hundred years ago it might have just focussed on livestock and who won the best handmade scones, but these days it’s about vomit-inducing rollercoaster rides, dodgy …

Cadbury Cherry Ripe Doubled Dipped 70%

Regular readers and mates will know that I have a bit of a Love/Hate relationship with Cadbury. Their green snot peppermint dairy milk block, execrable Fudge Brownie and Boysenberry Shortcake desserts were only (just) forgiven when they revamped their …

Twix Caramel Latte

I know: I’ll apologise now. We have Simon finding us such rare treats as cedar sap chocolates and stuff from Slovenia, Dom showing us how to make a decent hot chocolate drink and Deanna showing us that the US …

Mint-Tastic M&Ms

Mars Confectionery Australia continue to puzzle me, they really do. Whilst they won my heart with their introduction of dark M&Ms (now and always a Lockett family pantry staple); they stomped on it again when they said that they didn’t …

Harmony ‘Rype’ Fruit Centres

The ex-high school English teacher within me tends to avoid buying products that deliberately mis-spell common words, so I had seen these ‘Plantation Rype’ boxes for a while before giving in and buying some. The ‘Rype’sters eventually won me over because …

Bracegirdles House of Fine Chocolate

My local chocolate contact, Monique Bowley sent me a recent press release from Bracegirdles which proudly informed us that they had taken out three gold medal for chocolate at the Royal Adelaide Show this year. Normally South Australian monolith Haigh’s …

Lindt Wafer

There I was, feet firmly planted in the Dark Side, feeling happy with my choice, secure with my tastes, minding my own business. Then all of a sudden my beady eyes fixated on the most sign most sought after …

Chocolates On Parade

I’m not sure if it’s just an Aussie thing or more global, but it seems like there are a lot of small-time chocolate makers who sell to other larger firms or specialty stores only for their products to be re-branded …

Cocoa Farm Orange Organic Dark

Cocoa Farm (www.farmbynature.com.au) is the only chocolate maker that grow their own cocoa beans in Australia and only the second Aussie manufacturer to make their chocolate direct from the cocoa bean instead of the paste (Haigh’s is the other, …

Lindt Hot Chocolate Flakes

Dear, sweet, darling Matthew Thorpe, he of the South Australian Lindt distribution (and generous sharing) and radio fame, gave me a couple of tins of Lindt’s new hot chocolate flakes to try. They’re available at a few selected supermarkets …

Cadbury Old Gold Peppermint

The re-launched Old Gold range of Cadbury dark chocolate varieties is kicking some serious chocolate butt in the supermarket world and deservedly so. I was particularly happy to see that they have also made an Old Gold peppermint block, …

DMC Chocolates

My links to what’s hip and groovy in the music world are hazy at best, but DMC Confectionery remind me of the rappers Run-DMC. Thankfully though, DMC Confectionery have a much larger range, more skilled and far better products. The …

DMC Chocolate Frogs

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 …

Lindt Swiss Tradition Dark Collection

Regular readers of Chocablog will already know that I harbor quite the cocoa-crush on South Australian Lindt Guru, Matt Thorpe. He’s tall, cute and smart but most importantly he comes bearing Lindt products for my delight, delectation and in …

Lindt Petits Desserts

For the first time in my life, I woke up with a chocolate hangover. That’s right – no alcohol, stupid dancing, yelling or shouting the entire pub a round of drinks was involved – just this box of Lindt …

Ferrero Garden

My daughter has been hassling me to buy these for ages because she loves the look of Ferrero Garden’s gorgeous pastel-and-foil colours which are clearly designed to appeal to the girlie lurking inside in all of us. These pretty little …

Australian Mars Bars

It’s been a long time since I’ve eaten the classic Mars Bar and had noticed the new variety, Mars Rocks, appearing more frequently at the supermarket and petrol station as well. Because the number three is my personal lucky …

Lindt Creation 70% Pure Chocolate & Caramel

For the first time in our thirteen year marriage, my darling husband Love Chunks actually got up from watching a live broadcast game of Australian Rules Football featuring his team the Adelaide Crows to tell me that the chocolate I’d …

Nestlé Club Classic Mixed Berry

Not to be outdone by Cadbury’s revamp of their dark chocolate Old Gold range, Nestlé too are still proudly flogging their ‘Club Classic’ dark chocolate varieties, and have introduced a ‘Mixed Berry’ flavour to the supermarket shelves. I really love Nestlé’s …

Cadbury Old Gold Liqueur Flavoured Selection

Uncle Dom, Chocablog Creator and Master Of All Things Containing Cocoa, sent me on a mission. That’s right: when The Dom makes you an offer, you can’t refuse. Kathy from Australia (yes, there’s more of us) alerted Dom …

Australian Lindt Selection

The other day I appeared on the Amanda Blair afternoon show on radio 5AA Adelaide and had the added pleasure of meeting the lovely lad from Lindt, Matthew Thorpe. Perhaps I need to publicly apologise to him, because when he …

Cadbury Flake Luxury

Bloody &%$#@!& Cadburys! They are infuriatingly inconsistent with what they offer the average suburban chocaholic these days. They either do things extremely well (always dependable, good old Dairy Milk and their superb 70% Old Gold chocolate range), or …

Chocolatier Assorted Chocolates

I only lived about one kilometre away from the Chocolatier factory/shop on Waterdale Road, Ivanhoe when we still lived in Melbourne, and yet the only product I ate was a delicious Easter egg a friend gave me from there. …

Fling

A relative newcomer to the Aussie ‘lite’ chocolate bar scene, Fling is made by Masterfoods (Mars). The blurb on the packet purrs, ‘Why have a full on chocolate affair when you can have a fling?’ and describes itself as ‘A delicate …

Coles Belgian Dark Chocolate

In-house brands owned by supermarket chains don’t normally generate an ‘Oh, this must be really good’ response for most shoppers, this one included. Coles supermarkets are the largest chain here in Australia and have re-launched their home brand to …

Cadbury Dairy Milk Desserts Crème Brulee

I have not enjoyed the past three Cadbury Desserts flavours I’ve tried – Lemon Cheesecake, Fudge Brownie or Boysenberry Shortcake but somehow the idea of Crème Brulee inside a thick coating of Dairy Milk was shouting out my name from …

Lucky Chocolates

My daughter and I were perusing the plethora of Mothers’ Day chocolates on sale at our local K-Mart the other day when this rather attractive Chinese-style box caught our eye. It had been marked down from $20 to $5 …

Haigh’s Selection

I seem to have trouble possessing the self-restraint needed to stop gobbling up Haigh’s chocolates before they’re artfully arranged and photographed for the visual delectation of Chocablog readers. If I buy Haigh’s most popular product – a ten pack of their …

Cadbury Honey Almond Nougat Picnic

Call them what you will – Bog Bars, Poo Sticks or Caddyshack Candies, the good old Cadbury Picnic has been around for donkeys’ years and is still worth sinking your teeth into every now and then when your craving insists …

Chocolate Bean Café

As a sedate parent living in the suburbs, I tend to be ready for bedtime by 9:30 and my favourite nightspot is always my own place. Therefore, when my old mates Helen and Sigrid dragged me out on the …

The Heaven Of Haigh’s

As a brave and bold Australian chocolate reviewer, the question I get asked most often is, “Why haven’t you written about Haigh’s chocolates yet?” My answer has always been, “Because they’re so good, so huge in the chocophile world that …

Arnott’s Wagon Wheels

Mostly, the ‘tone’ of chocolates sampled here at Chocablog reside proudly at the upper end of the quality/quirky ingredients/boutique brand spectrum, but even we critics like to downscale when we’re off duty. As such, I thought it was high time the …

Mahony

After doing a radio spot about chocolate recently, the show’s producer took me aside and said, “Have you seen the new Mahony bar in your shop yet? I found some when I was up in Darwin and it’s cheaper and …

Cocoa Farm Mango, Lime & Chilli

Cocoa Farm have been shyly lurking on our local South Australian Foodland supermarket shelves and decent ‘cellar door’ wineries (such as Penfolds, home of Grange) for a wee while now, but have not been launched or advertised with any fanfare …

Cadbury Old Gold 70%

As regular Chocablog readers would know, I have not been a fan of Cadbury’s foray into the ridiculous sounding (and tasting) ‘Desserts’ range using their Dairy Milk chocolate, declaring it a disaster and tasting insultingly inedible. In addition, their …

Cocoa Farm Shiraz Vintage Chocolate

The more health conscious among you will no doubt already be aware that a good quality chocolate contains a fair amount of antioxidants. Well this bar from Australia, via Cocoa Farm also contains something called Vinlife; natural antioxidants from Australian …

Cocolat Easter Chocolates

Originally known as ‘Death by Chocolate’, Cocolat is a South Australian owned and operated company based at Balhannah in the Adelaide hills that specialises in hand made chocolates, cakes and desserts. They have two dessert cafes that I have …

Red Tulip Bunny vs Heritage Eggs

Red Tulip chocolates were founded in 1949 but have since been acquired by Cadbury Schweppes. Despite this, they are still regarded fondly by most Aussies and still considered to be a separate identity because we all have memories of …

Lindt Excellence 70% Squares

Venturing over to the (pause for effect) *Dark Side* can be a little bit scary. When you see blocks and bars stating that they have a minimum cocoa content of 50%, 60%, 70% and 85% it can seem a …

Newman’s Peppermint Thins

Every now and then a ‘freebie’ arrives – this time via an apology from our grocery delivery service, but more often it’s a Kris Kringle or unexpected gift – and I realise just what a choco-snob I’ve become. Newman’s have been …

Swiss Glory

Swiss Glory is not a isolated nudist outpost but a well-respected chocolate manufacturer that has been operating in South Australia since 1979. It is, perhaps not surprisingly, run by Swiss immigrants who are extremely skilled at chocolate making. They regularly …

Chocolade & Chicos

During my brief foray into radio the other day, a listener rang in to suggest that I track down a “chocolate fizzy drink” made in South Australia. I’d never heard of it and was duly intrigued. A visit to Bracegirdle’s …

Dark Chocolate M&Ms

Thank you M&Ms Australia, thank you! You may have disappointed me last year when you advised that it was too difficult to manufacture Peanut Butter M&Ms in Australia due to not having the correct machinery or the will to …

Fardoulis Chocolates

As luck would have it, our lovely neighbours Jill and Andrew invited us over to their house for pre-Christmas nibbles and drinks. Conversations ranged from how weird the uninvited neighbours were, to what jobs we all had, to chocolate. Jill’s …

Cadbury Old Gold

After giving Cadbury a good old bollocking for their disastrous ‘Desserts’ range, it is nice to be able to do a complete 180-degree turn and review their dark chocolate range. Here in Oz it is released under the ‘Old Gold’ label …

Cadbury Dairy Milk Desserts

For most of us, Cadbury is the faithful standby. The readily-available, ever-dependable, reliable old friend. Dairy Milk tastes nice. It’s not startlingly brilliant but it’s not saliva-suckingly awful either. Every now and then, however, Cadbury Australia likes to …

Lindt Lindor 60% Cocoa Balls

Before talking about these deliciously divine Lindor balls, I need to apologise to you all, dear, sweet, intelligent and discerning Chocoblog readers. Normally these articles are accompanied by close up photographs of the chocolate itself, unwrapped and sometimes half-eaten, …

Witor’s Fondente 60%

After having an experience I’d rather forget when tasting Witor’s cousin flavour, Bianco Cuore Al Latte, I was feeling a bit nervous about sinking my teeth into this one: dark chocolate with 60% cacao. The packaging didn’t look too …

Nestlé Violet Crumble

‘It’s the way that it shatters that matters’ is the traditional catch-phrase for this famous Australian bar which has been around since 1913. ‘Violet’ was the inventor’s wife’s favourite flower, and the ‘crumble’ was the honeycomb. Apparently Mr Hoadley found …

Nestlé Milo Bar

Milo – the powdery malty-chocolate stuff you mix in with milk – is very popular here in Australia. It’s a different mixture from what I remember getting in the UK – less powdery and a lot more crumbly and …

Crispy Mint M&Ms

Photo by redphayze It breaks my heart to include a word like ‘mediocre’ when writing about chocolate, but M&Ms deserve a rap on their Australian-subsidiary knuckles. Last year sometime, M&Ms Australia went to considerable trouble and expense to fly over Pamela Anderson …

Fruchocs

In Australia, oldies like to reminisce about the old days when they watched ‘moving pictures’ at the local hall and rolled jaffas down the aisles. Jaffas are not your jaffa cake biscuits, or the actual oranges, but rather ordinary lollies that …

Cadbury Cherry Ripe

Dark chocolate with coconut and cherries.

Tim Tams

Yeah, yeah I know the old joke about Aussies: What’s the difference between an Australia and a tub of yoghurt? After three days the yoghurt develops culture. Hah hardy hah.In the case of Tim Tam biscuits however, …