Chocolate and Valentine’s Day go hand in hand. Whether you are gifting a treat to your beloved, child, neighbour, nana, colleague or friend that could really use a sugary pick me up, Region Media has compiled a list of the best locally made small-batch chocolates that won’t break the budget.
From traditional Swiss-made truffels to artful glossy confection flower bouquets, and a revamp of the humble chocolate bar, here are three of the best local Valentine’s Day chocolates to get and gift.
Enigma Fine Chocolates
Slowly growing from a home business frequenting different markets around town, Enigma Fine Chocolates built a loyal local treat-loving following before opening up their own shop in 2019. Housed in the Ori building in Braddon, the stylish chocolate boutique has won numerous awards for their vivid artisan creations using high-quality couverture chocolates from all around the world.
For a gift to impress and to cheekily tick off both chocolates and flowers from your Valentine’s Day shopping list, purchase the bouquet box. With a selection of white, milk, and dark solid chocolate flowers, it is the perfect taster with highlights including the 32% dulcey blond chocolate and 65% single origin Grenadian dark chocolate.
Enigma Fine Chocolates is located in the Ori building, 65/30 Lonsdale Street, Braddon, and is open Wednesday to Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm.
Jasper + Myrtle
Jasper + Myrtle has given the modest chocolate bar a modern makeover. They match the best natural ingredients with the most suitable beans to produce unique combinations and flavours. They liken their creations to fine wine, with each batch created being different and distinctive.
In 2020, the worldwide Academy of Chocolate Awards showered them with praise and handed them three accolades for their chocolate bars. Silver medals were awarded for the Orange, Cinnamon and Cayenne Dark Chocolate along with the White Chocolate with Sour Cherries chocolate bars. The Bougainville PNG 66% Dark Chocolate was awarded a bronze. That’s a perfect trio of gifts for the chocoholic in your life.
Jasper + Myrtle is sold at specialty stores throughout the city from the National Museum of Australia in Acton to the Chifley Grocer. Visit their website for a full list of stockists, or purchase directly from their factory at 1 Dairy Rd, Fyshwick, Monday to Friday from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm.
A trip to Bruno’s Truffels in Mawson is a journey back in time. Said to be Canberra’s first chocolatier, Swiss-born Bruno Ehrensperger has been locally hand-making confections since 1984 using traditional European techniques and recipes.
Using the finest Belgian chocolate, the store is a humble homage to old school varieties of candy, offering a range of more than 50 options, including 25 different fresh-cream, butter-based truffels. From brandied apricots to hazelnut logs, the chocolate is all sold by weight and you can build your own bag to gift your loved one from the display cabinet.
Bruno’s Truffels is located at 106 Mawson Pl, Mawson, and is open Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm and Saturday from 7:30 am to 2:00 pm.