Jacob Osborn
19 Best Australian Chocolate Brands | Man of Many
This Australian chocolate company began as a one-man operation back in 2006, exclusively serving Melbourne’s Prahran market. Jump ahead a few years and Monsieur Truffe is bigger and better than ever before, with a factory, online store, and a number of International Chocolate Awards winning bars under its belt, including;
1. Monsieur Truffe
A small chocolate maker based in Canberra, this Australian chocolate brand features ethically sourced beans from Peru and Papua New Guinea. Jasper + Myrtle roast their breands on-site, and then blend in all sorts of quality ingredients. With no artificial colours or preservatives used, sustainability and traceability is at the heart of Li Peng and Peter’s business. The brand has also found success at the International Chocolate Awards, taking home a number of awards over the years, including;
2. Jasper + Myrtle
Yoon Kim (not Sade) is the person behind theis ethically sourced Australian chocolate brand. The Smooth Chocolator sources their cocoa beans from various regions around the world then carefully roasts, cracks, winnows, conches, and tempers to perfection. The result is a vast array of distinctive flavours, which has helped this Australian chocolate brand pick up a number of awards, including;
3. The Smooth Chocolator
Every chocolate crafted by Koko Black has its own unique personality and story. Any given day you’ll find the team at Man of Many feasting on a block or two. This is our personal favourite Aussie chocolate brand – but we’re a little biased aren’t we? If you haven’t heard of the brand yet (somehow) get aquinted, this is everything you love about the classic elevated to the next level.
4. Koko Black
Some of the best chocolate in Australia comes to us from chocolatier Michelle Morgan, who plies her craft at the base of the Blue Mountains. The Alto Bene Bolivian 68% dark chocolate won gold at the Sydney Royal Chocolate Competition and with good reason. Along similarly acclaimed lines, the award-winning Tranquilidad 72% must be tasted to be believed. Since 2009, Morgan has been raising the chocolate bar and she won’t be stopping any time soon.
5. Zokoko
Winemaker Josh Bahen made a seamless transition into chocolate, restoring the vintage age of chocolatiering by utilising a 1930’s Barth Sirocco Ball Roaster and circa 1910 Guitard Melangeur in the batch process. Slow and special is how we would describe the chocolate from this Australian brand. The cocoa beans themselves are directly sourced from some of the most remote and exotic places in the world, then stone-ground, conched, tempered, and wrapped at Bahen’s factory in the Margaret River wine region. Choose at random amongst a variety of bars or simply go with the gift set because you can do no wrong with this Australian chocolate brand.
6. Bahen & Co
Alfred E. Haigh founded this Australian chocolate company all the way back in 1915 and here we are over a century later and the brand is still making chocolate from scratch using raw UTZ-certified cocoa beans as a source. In 1993, it launched the Easter bilby, which has since become the stuff of local legend. With store locations in Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne, and Canberra, Haigh’s endures as a veritable institution and a damn great one at that.
7. Haigh’s Chocolate
A huge winner at the 2018 Australian Food Awards, this Melbourne-based collective maintains a “less is more” philosophy. To that end, no single chocolate bar contains more than five ingredients, while most have merely three. In other words, it’s all about the bean, which in this case is sourced directly from co-ops in Central and South America. Purity be thy name!
8. Hunted + Gathered
Former punk band manager and winemaker Peter Wilson discovered the wonders of Valrhona chocolate while travelling through Europe. He and partner Juliana Kennedy launched this Australian chocolate brand in Victoria’s Yarra Valley soon after. That was 25 years ago. Featuring exquisite flavours, melt-in-your-mouth textures, and clever names, the brand’s small-batch blends have been pleasing palates ever since.
9. Melbourne Cocoa
Located on one of Sydney’s trendiest streets, this Australian chocolate shop has garnered quite the following since opening its doors in 1984. Owner Suzanne Francis comes from four generations of chocolate makers and she puts that experience to deft use, one handmade batch at a time. Stop in to see what all the fuss is about.
10. Just William Chocolates
What began in Sweden is now based in Toowoomba, QLD, and we’re all the more thankful for it. Making full use of its new digs, Metiisto ethically sources its cocoa beans from nearby regions like the Solomon Islands, where small-batch farmers go to great lengths to achieve the highest quality. Each and every bean is inspected by the brand before it’s roasted, winnowed, refined, conched, aged, tempered, and wrapped. One taste and you’ll know what all these awards at the Internationl Chocolate Awards are for, including;
11. Metiisto Chocolate
Her name is Lisa Morley but you know her best as Ms Peacock, whose award-winning expertise knows no bounds. If you can think of it, you’ll find it here in the form of honeycomb smash bars and candied nuts and everything in between. The brand also offers a mystery gift service, where you can anonymously send chocolate to a friend or loved one, who must use three clues to guess your identity.
12. Ms Peacock Confections
Hailing from Perth, Sue Lewis is everything one of the best Australian chocolatiers should be and more. Every single chocolate is handmade on-site, using both local ingredients and some of the world’s finest covertures. The truffles or bars will do you just right, as will Lewis’ famous Rocky Road.
13. Sue Lewis Chocolatier
Maleny Chocolate Company is a top Australian provider that churns out a choice product by hand. Staying true to its core principles, the brand never uses artificial flavourings or vegetable oils, using only the best Belgian chocolate couverture for their bars before loading them generously toppings and wrapping them up. You won’t find any fake compound chocolate and definitely no preservatives or artificial flavours either. Best eaten fresh, and quickly!
14. Maleny Chocolate Company
The name pretty much says it all and this boutique chocolate brand duly abides. Located in Adelaide, Just Bliss Chocolates delivers handcrafted and hand-painted chocolates, including the renowned Gin & Tonic Truffles – need we say anymore? These chocolates make for the perfect gift, to say the least.
15. Just Bliss Chocolates
All-natural and delicious, Winnow Chocolates are simply bursting with eye-catching colour and flavourful distinction. Using organic, fair-trade couverture chocolate, the brand employs the traditional French technique of hand-tempering on marble. Waste is kept to a minimum while the taste is truly maxed out.
16. Winnow Chocolates
Inspired by Belgian methods and makers, this top Aussie brand offers excellence in every bite. Passionately combining a blend of premium couverture with locally sourced ingredients including fresh cream, organic honey, 100% pure fruit juices, nuts, fruits and spices to create some of the best chocolate in Australia. If you’re local to the area, why not visit the Wyong Milk Factory in Yarramalong Valley to go full Willy Wonka. And bring your sweet tooth.
17. Luka Chocolates
For a true small-batch experience, head into the suburbs of Brisbane and track down this beloved brick and mortar. Each truffle and bar is hand tempered, dipped, and piped in an onsite kitchen before hitting the display case. It doesn’t get any fresher than this, folks.
18. Couverture & Co
Not only is this native chocolate brand 100% owned and operated by Aussies, but it actually sources cocoa beans from the Daintree region of tropical Far North Queensland. That makes Daintree Estates the first brand to commercially produce chocolate of Australian origin. Enlisting help from a cooperative of farmers, it even uses local dairy and sugar as well. The words “made in Australia” don’t get any more all-encompassing than they do here. Unfortunately, you might have to be a wholesaler to score some of this single-origin goodness. Good luck.
19. Daintree Estates
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