Where to stuff your face with chocolate around the world
How the mass consumption of chocolate became synonymous with Easter is something that irks Christians, anti-capitalism and I Quit Sugar crusaders at this time of year. For everyone else, it’s hunting season and bunnies, bilbies, chickens and eggs coated in the finest milk or dark chocolate are all fair game. Because we at Student Flights HQ know a little something about scoffing copious amounts of moulded cocoa creations (c’mon, who hasn’t wanted to dive into the chocolate fountain at Max Brenner’s?), we thought we’d bring you a wish list of where to stuff your face with chocolate around the world. No drooling, please.
A home-grown fave, finally a reason to visit Adelaide (jks). The Haigh family has been coaxing chocolate dreams from the cocoa bean since 1915 and are the oldest family-owned chocolate makers in Australia. Touring the Parkside factory (a 12-minute bus ride from the Adelaide CBD) is free on a guided 20-minute tour, but you’ll have to book ahead. Includes a complimentary cuppa and a choccie.
Stuff your face rating: 1 Milk Peppermint Super Frog
Where: 154 Greenhill Road, Parkside, South Australia, Australia
When: Monday to Saturday from 9am
Theo Chocolate Factory Tour
Fun fact: the tree that yields the cocoa bean is Theobroma, which means “food of the gods” in Greek. And theobromine is the chemical compound attributed to giving chocolate its rep as an aphrodisiac. But Seattle-based Theo Chocolate is not about compound chocolate – they introduced the first organic fair-trade cocoa beans to the US. For $US10, you can take a one-hour guided tour culminating in the mouthgasm that is an exclusive tour choc bar.
Stuff your face rating: 3 fair-trade organic Peanut Butter Cups (soy- and palm oil-free too!)
Where: 3400 Phinney Avenue North, Fremont, Seattle, USA
When: Monday to Sunday 10am to 6pm
Ahhh Nutella. The seductive spread of hazelnuts and cocoa was created in the 1940s by one Mr Pietro Ferrero, founder of the Ferrero company (which also makes Ferrero Rocher, duh). While the Nutella on Aussie shelves is made in Lithgow, the secretive Italian factory where the original elixir is made is located in Alba. It’s not quite a case of ‘no one goes in and no one comes out’, but the factory is not open to the public so you’ll have to make do with sniffing the chocolate-scented air. *sniff*
Stuff your face rating: 1 empty Nutella jar of disappointment
Where: Alba, Piedmont, Italy
When: Not available to the public #nutellafail
If you can dream it, Choccywoccydoodah can craft it in chocolate. From towering cakes for celeb clients (like Alice Cooper, Christian Louboutin and Kylie Minogue) that’ll set you back a rumoured ₤5,000, to giant choc-coated marshmallows and bacon chunky bars, this British chocolaterie has a huge fan base and its own reality TV series. Feast your eyes on the fantastical creations at the Carnaby Street (London) or Brighton stores.
Stuff your face rating: 3 Banoffee Bars
Where: 3 Meeting House Lane, Brighton, UK
When: Monday to Saturday 10am to 6pm, Sunday 11am to 5pm
Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Sprüngli
If you’re a choc addict of Swiss master chocolatier proportions, you’ll already have gleaned the name ‘Lindt’ from the German for Lindt & Sprüngli Chocolate Factory above. A Switzerland mecca for aficionados of the confisiers who have been making sweet, sweet treats for 170 years, while you can’t tour the factory, you can fill up at the chocolate supermarket with heaps of packaged variety plus you get a free Lindt treat at the checkout.
Stuff your face rating: 2 Lindt gold bunnies (it is Easter, after all)
Where: Seestrasse 204, Kilchberg, Switzerland
When: Monday to Friday 10am to 6pm, Saturday 10am to 5pm
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