If chocolate is ground from the beans of happiness, there is more joy than you can poke a bag of cocoa beans at around Sydney Showground this week.
Is it shiny and moulded correctly? Has it been tempered well and can you taste the cocoa? What about the aroma, and of course, the flavour?
We are talking about chocolate, the remedy for Mondays. The Judges for the Callebaut Sydney Royal Chocolate Show will be recognising and rewarding excellence in the following classes this week: Chocolate Blocks, Individual Chocolates, Boxed Chocolates, Truffles, Chilli Chocolates, Student Exhibits, and handcrafted Showpiece Class.
Taking out four of eight major awards at the 2016 Callebaut Sydney Royal Chocolate Show, Bracegirdle’s House of Fine Chocolates went on to a well-deserved place as a finalist for the 11th annual Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) President’s Medal.
The family owned and operated Bracegirdle’s was founded in Glenelg, South Australia in 2005 and their handmade chocolates have tempted Prince William, Lady Gaga and even the performers from Cirque du Soleil with flavours that include Peanut Butter and Orange Caramel, Yuzu Cheesecake, Fig & Ginger, Orange & Thyme and Peach & Lavender.
“A great sense of kudos for us to win a Show that is nationwide, it is a great thing for our chocolatiers… customers come in and really appreciate the fact that someone from SA has won a national award.” Garry Bracegirdle.
The Champions from this year’s Show will be announced on 22 September.