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The chocolate-eating season is upon us again, and our supermarket checkouts are lined with gold as everyone picks up a bunny or four for Easter.
But after a year that saw many Aussie businesses do it tough, discerning shoppers are making this Easter an extra special one by supporting locally-made artisan chocolate rather than reaching for the good old Lindt bunnies, that while lovely, are a bit run-of-the-mill, not to mention imported from Germany.
Here we take a look at three Aussie chocolatiers to elevate your Easter:
Melbourne-based Koko Black has a large range of Easter treats to bring a little homegrown magic to the holiday, including a carton of a dozen delicate praline eggs that look like speckled quail’s eggs, a milk chocolate Nest Egg filled with spiced hot cross bun bites, and an Advent calendar-like Into The Burrow adventure, where you pop out cardboard windows to discover little eggs and praline bunnies.
This year, the brand is celebrating Easter by releasing a vegan-friendly, plant-based line of chocolates that are made without dairy, including a Goji Berry and Quinoa Dark Chocolate Egg made with single-origin Ugandan chocolate.
All of Koko Black’s chocolate is handcrafted in their Willy-Wonka style Melbourne factory, and it’s 100% natural and preservative free, so unlike much of the stuff you find on the supermarket shelves, you’ll have to eat this within a few weeks - so you have a valid reason for polishing these off sooner rather than later.
You also won’t find any of those bright artificial colours in their range, with owner Simon Crowe telling Yahoo Lifestyle it’s a sacrifice they were happy to make, and he’s particularly proud of the orange colour they were able to create with their Carrot Cake Bites.
He’s also excited about using Australian native ingredients like wattleseed, Davidson plum, and lemon myrtle in Koko Black’s chocolate, and this month announced a partnership between the brand and Taronga Conservation Society Australia, to help native wildlife in the wake of 2019’s devastating bushfires.
Get lost in the quirky world of Sydney chocolatier Jen Lo, with the Easter range at Meltdown Artisan.
Instead of foil-wrapped Easter eggs, they have Passionfruit and Cream Fried Eggs which pair well with their White Sesame Crunch Hens and Crispy Hazelnut Praline Drumsticks for a decidedly clucky spin on the holiday.
You’ll have to hurry to get your hands on these however, as this week is the last one they’ll be on offer, and many of the individual eggs, including Yuzu Marzipan, Hot Cross Bun Peanut Praline and Kokuto Nikka Whisky, have already sold out.
Meltdown Artisan uses sustainably grown cocoa, and all of their chocolate is traceable back to the farmers who produced the beans. Everything is handmade and there’s also a vegan range on offer.
Jasper and Myrtle
Tri-colour, bunny shaped chocolate pops are on offer at small Canberra chocolatier, Jasper and Myrtle, this Easter.
The brainchild of Li Peng Monroe, all of Jasper and Myrtle’s chocolate is handmade from Papua New Guinean cocoa beans, with sustainability and traceability of the beans being of utmost importance.
While they don’t have an extensive range of Easter treats, these Dark Chocolate Coated Macadamias are a less guilty option to enjoy over the holiday.
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