Must-visit Chocolate Factories For Chocolate Lovers
Because life happens and chocolate helps. Yep, we’re big fans of chocolate here at ellaslist and we’re guessing you are too, I mean, who doesn’t love chocolate? The melt-in-your-mouth deliciousness can cure a bad day, a bad fight, a bad toddler, hey it can even fill your body with helpful antioxidants when eaten in dark form.
Lucky for us Aussies, Australia is sprinkled with plenty of homegrown chocolatiers and chocolate factories just waiting to delight your sweet tooth. Here are 8 of our favourite chocolate factories to check out on the east coast.
NEW SOUTH WALES
1. Junee Licorice & Chocolate Factory
Housed in a restored flour mill in Country NSW, the Junee Licorice & Chocolate Factory is worthy of a family road trip if you love organic Belgium-style chocolate and licorice. Sold under the brand Green Grove Organics, the historic Junee chocolate factory is open 7 days a week. Due to COVID-19, the Junee Licorice & Chocolate Factory are no longer running chocolate tours.
Location: 45-61 Lord Street, Junee
For more information, visit the Junee Licorice & Chocolate Factory website.
2. Blue Mountains Chocolate Company
From chocolates to jams, jellies, cakes, sauces, and even pickles, everything is homemade and utterly delicious at the Blue Mountains Chocolate Company. Located near world-famous Echo Point, the Blue Mountains Chocolate Company is open 7 days a week serving delicious hot chocolates and chocolaty treats in their cafe. You can take home a chocolate souvenir from their shop, which sells handmade Turkish delight, truffles, chocolate body paint, and over 20 different flavoured chocolate bars.
Location: 176 Lurline Street, Katoomba
For more information, visit the Blue Mountains Chocolate Company website.
3. Hunter Valley Chocolate Company
Another iconic chocolate factory in NSW, the Hunter Valley Chocolate Company have been serving the finest Belgium couverture chocolate for over 20 years. The experienced chocolatiers at the Hunter Valley Chocolate Company use distilled pure fruit oil to infuse their chocolates, resulting in a very satisfying, full-bodied flavour. Dark chocolate, white chocolate, sugar-free chocolate, fudge, and even chilli chocolate is on the menu at the Hunter Valley Chocolate Company. To get an inside look at chocolate being made and to enjoy a treat in their cafe, visit the Pokolbin factory and showroom.
Location: 2320 Broke Road, Pokolbin
For more about the Hunter Valley Chocolate Company, visit the website.
4. Charley’s Chocolate Factory
One of only a few places in the world where you can experience the full chocolate journey “From tree to bar”, Charley’s Chocolate Factory is the Golden-Ticket icon of Mission Beach. Aside from stopping in at their onsite chocolate shop, a must-do when visiting Charley’s Chocolate Factory is going on one of their comprehensive chocolate factory tours. Run every Thursday for chocolate-lovers of all ages, you’ll get the opportunity to hear about the 3,800-year history of the cocoa bean as well as witness the journey of this magical specimen from tree to chocolate at their cocoa plantation.
Location: 388 El Arish Mission Beach Road, Mission Beach
Tour ticket prices from $22 per child and $34 per adult
For more information on Charley’s Chocolate Factory, visit the website.
5. Noosa Chocolate Factory
If you love your chocolate with nuts, fruits and marshmallows inside, the Noosa Chocolate Factory is calling your name. Specialising in handcrafted chocolate-covered treats including rocky road, chocolate strawberries, and chocolate macadamias, a trip to the Noosa Chocolate Factory makes for a true afternoon delight. Aside from the heavenly taste, Noosa Chocolate Factory’s calling-card is their locally-sourced ingredients and 7-day shelf-life of all their products, ensuring you only get the freshest chocolate every time.
Location: 144 Adelaide Street, Brisbane. They also have a chocolate factory at 1/15 Project Avenue, Noosaville that’s open 10 am to 2 pm Saturdays.
To find out more about Noosa Chocolate Factory, visit their website.
6. The Chocolate Cottage & Cafe
This delightful chocolate factory and teahouse has been serving up sweet treats for over 20 years. Their handmade delights are all made right on the premises and include old-time favourites such as chocolate hearts and truffles, as well as some quirky creations including Fried Egg, Pigs In Mud, and Funny Face Lollipops. If you’re in the neighbourhood make sure you put aside some time to take in the stunning surrounds of the picturesque acreage, stop at the shop, as well as enjoy lunch at their onsite restaurant.
Location: 10475 New England Highway, Highfields
For more information and opening hours, visit the Chocolate Cottage website.
7. Phillip Island Chocolate Factory
Home of one of the only real-life chocolate fountains in the country, Phillip Island Chocolate Factory isn’t only renowned in Melbourne but also around the world. Go on a magical journey through the history of chocolate at Panny’s Amazing World Of Chocolate where you can enjoy interactive attractions, see chocolate being made, and even sample the sweet stuff along the way! All visitors to Phillip Island Chocolate Factory receive complimentary chocolate on arrival – need we say more?
Location: 930 Phillip Island Road, Newhaven
For more information about Phillip Island Chocolate Factory, visit their website.
8. Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery
Chocolate with a side of ice cream – now that’s a lot of sugar! Set on 16 hectares in the lush Yarra Glenn, a visit to the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery is a site all on its own. The talented European chocolatiers at this chocolate factory certainly know a thing or two about chocolate and are in the kitchen working their magic every day at the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie. Visitors are welcome to witness their delicious concoctions being made from the viewing windows, before enjoying a free chocolate sample and browsing and buying at their onsite store.
Location: 35 Old Healesville Road, Yarra Glenn
To find out more about the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery, visit their website.
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