An Afternoon in Chocolate Heaven

24 Feb

Yarra Valley is not just about wineries, but it is a haven for good produce and fine food as well.

My husband and I keep coming back to Yarra Valley, not only when we have friends or family visiting Melbourne, but when we feel like going for a relaxing drive around greenery or when we want to have a break from the usual places we go to in the city or around our suburbs.

We would go to the farmer’s market once in a while, and lately, we found ourselves going back to the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery, a relatively new place in Yarra Valley.

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To people’s delight, when you step foot inside, this is the sight that will greet you : three big bowls of free chocolate you can help yourself to –

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As you can see, you can sample their white chocolate, milk chocolate, and dark chocolate. So everyone’s tastes, no matter what type of chocolate you prefer sinking your teeth into, is well-catered for. It’s free, so you can nibble on some chocolate while finding something to buy inside the store.

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Aside from the wide range of typical flavours you can choose from off that chocolate wall down that far end of the photo above, they also have a garden line of chocolates below, where flavours such as celery, lavender, curry leaf, fig and fennel are incorporated into the chocolate –

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This makes chocolate sound healthy, don’t you think? ๐Ÿ˜‰

They also have a chocolate therapy section, which offers chocolate or sweet infused lotions and other body products.

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Chocolate flavoured lip balms, anyone? ๐Ÿ™‚

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Chocolate body therapy soaps should provide a relaxing and interesting bath, huh?

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For hard-core chocolate lovers out there looking for the chocolatier type, their three-meter signature truffle cabinet will not disappoint.

What’s good about this place is that it’s not just a store but it’s an activity hub for the family.

They have a viewing window for their chocolate machinery so you can have a look and observe how the chocolate is made –

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They have a cafe that serves breakfast and lunch, ย and the greenery outside provides a nice ambience (where you’ll normally find both kids and adults hanging around).

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Although I’m not sure if the lying around as shown in the photo above is allowed, since there is an actual sign that says no picnics allowed ๐Ÿ˜›

For lunch, I had smoked salmon on rye toast with rocket, red onions, capers and lemon myrtle cream cheese. The salmon tasted fresh (thank goodness, as we hate a fishy taste) and the rocket and capers go well with the salmon. I couldn’t quite place what the cream cheese and its supposed flavour brings to the dish, though.

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Lawrence went for their chicken, bacon and barbecue sauce pizza. They have their own homemade pizza sauce. We liked it at the beginning but then towards the end we found it too sweet already (would have been nice if there’s a bottle of Tabasco nearby ๐Ÿ˜‰ ).

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The coffee, as expected from a Melbourne cafe (yes, I’m a newly converted Melbourne coffee junkie), was great. I didn’t even need to put sugar on my coffee (as I always do!).

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Of course I wouldn’t miss mentioning that aside from the chocolate, it’s the ice cream here that majority of people who come here would queue up for –

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To cap off our afternoon here, we chose to indulge in one of their oh-so-yummy-looking desserts on display below (which by far outshines all the dessert places I’ve come across with here in Melbourne).

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Our choice of dessert was the raspberry macaron delight (note the massive size :D). It’s served with cream on the side and their couverture chocolate. There is a lemon filling along with the fresh raspberries you can see in the photo, which neutralised the sweetness of the dish.

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So there you go. I’ve practically listed everything you can do in your visit here. I think you will agree with me that you can easily spend a whole afternoon here like we did ๐Ÿ™‚

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