Contrary to popular belief, incredible edible indulgences aren't limited to Melbourne's arty laneways. The Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery proves that gourmet delights extend all the way across the Dandenong Ranges. With more than 150 different varieties of chocolate and chocolate-inspired gifts to tempt your tastebuds and your wallet, your sweet tooth will be beyond satisfied here.
A team of French and Belgian chocolatiers work tirelessly to handcraft the diverse menu of chocolate creations, with many ingredients sourced on site. Cherries, plums, apricots, citrus and almonds are grown and picked right from the orchard outside, while other provisions are sourced locally from around the Yarra.
From childhood favourites like the chocolate freckle to more lavish creations like rocky road, truffles, nougat, fudge, chocolate sauces and ice cream, the hard part is deciding where to start (and when to stop)! Sample a range of decadent delights smothered in coverture chocolate, including "bush tucker" chocolate wrapped in packaging designed by the local indigenous tribe – a perfect Australiana gift with heart if you're visiting from abroad.
A handful of Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges tour companies frequent the chocolaterie, including a number of winery tours encouraging patrons to watch, taste, indulge and enjoy their day to the utmost. If you're holidaying with the whole family, the kids will love a hands-on chocolate making workshop while the "big kids" get to spoil themselves at the cafe – dessert pizza or fondue for two, anyone?
The architecturally stunning Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery is the focal point of some 16 hectares of lush Victorian countryside. Explore the sprawling lawns, native gardens, developing wetlands and expansive orchard, or enjoy the view from the cafe over a flaky homemade pastry or scoop of house ice cream, with flavours like cherry ripe, pink bubblegum and tiramisu.