Posted on : 05 September 2018
Chocolate may not be the first thing that springs to mind when you think of Far North Queensland, but two chocolatiers are doing their best to put the region on the chocolate lovers map. The Callebaut Sydney Royal Chocolate Show welcomed entries from Mossman’s The Australian Chocolate Farm and Charley’s Chocolate Factory in Mission Beach… and both were awarded Silver Medals for their chocolate.
In a location more often associated with mango, coffee, papaya and sugar cane The Australian Chocolate Farm and Charley’s Chocolate Factory are creating award-winning chocolate including plain chocolate blocks, coconut dark chocolate, Davidson’s plum dark chocolate and even lemon myrtle dark.
It may be renowned as the place the rainforest meets the reef, but Far North Queensland is now being recognised as the ideal location for cocoa, the trees are best grown in humid, tropical climates. This has attracted a new wave of chocolatiers, seduced by the abundance of natural flavours and bush tucker inspiration.
The Australian Chocolate Farm took home Silver and a Bronze, whilst Charley’s Chocolate Factory received two Silver and four Bronze medals.
Queensland also produced the perfectly named Seatonfire Chilli Chocolate salted caramel dark chilli chocolate, coming from the tiny town of Murphys Creek.
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