AUSTRALIAN handcrafted chocolaters are still making a name for themselves in Australia, with the likes of the adora chocolatier and geelong chocolateries being just two of the many small business owners who are able to do it in their own homes.
Handmade choc chocolatures, which are made with natural ingredients such as cocoa, milk chocolate and dried fruit, have been popular in Australia since the Victorian-era chocolate craze in the 1950s.
The chocolate is usually made in a house or workshop, and is made by hand with a specially trained baker.
But despite the popularity, the cost of handcrafted chocolate varies hugely.
One Australian handcrafted shop owner, who asked not to be named, said the cost for a batch of chocolats would run from $60-$70.
While some are sold in bars, some are only available online.
But, the artisanal chocolate is still a good investment for many Australians, as it is not expensive for a small family to buy one.
“I think there is a really good market out there and people who are willing to pay for handmade chocolate, it’s a great way to get a bit of income for their family,” the owner of the Handmade Chocolate Shop in Geelong, who declined to give his name, said.
“It’s a very simple process, it takes a couple of weeks, and you can do it all yourself.
You can even do it on your own if you want.”
There are currently several other artisanal handmade choco-chocolaties in Australia including Handmade Chocolates in Melbourne, Handmade Cocoa in Melbourne’s south, HandMade Chocolate in Geyburn, Hand Made Chocolaty in Adelaide and Handmade Oat Chocolato in Launceston.
The owner of Handmade Coco Chocolatery in Launcester, which is part of the Launcestonian Chocolate Group, said he hoped to expand to other parts of the country in the future.
“We’ll be doing a lot more handmade chocobo chocolating in the near future, which will be a good thing for the whole industry,” he said.
Hand Made Chocolate Shop owner, Michelle Smith, said her customers wanted to see more artisanal chocolated products, but she could only do one shop at a time.
“Some of our customers are really keen to see us expand into other parts,” she said.
A lot of people who visit our shop are wanting to try handmade chococcochets and we’re just one of the few places in Australia that can do that.
“A lot of Australians want to try our handcrafted cacao-chocochaca.
We’re always getting enquiries from people who want to see our cacao chocolate. “
If people are really wanting to do that they can go and see us.”
We’re always getting enquiries from people who want to see our cacao chocolate.
“People want to do their own artisanal cacao and we don’t have that on hand at the moment, so it’s always a good idea to have some on hand.”
Hand Made Cocoa owner, Annabel Jones, said she was happy to cater to those who wanted to try her handmade chochos, but it was important for her to be able to cater for the bigger group.
“You have to be careful with your cacao,” she explained.
Ms Jones said she did not have the resources to expand beyond one shop, and that she wanted to work on other smaller shops. “
As well as doing hand-made choco, you can also do chocolate cacao which is a bit more complicated, and it’s also a bit different to making hand-crafted chocos.”
Ms Jones said she did not have the resources to expand beyond one shop, and that she wanted to work on other smaller shops.
“The market is just so large, it doesn’t fit in a shop so I’m looking to open up a couple more,” she laughed.
Ms Jones started working in the chocolate industry at the age of 16, working at a cafe in Geylang, in Adelaide’s south.
“By the age I was in high school, I was selling cacao from a cafe, but my first shop was a coffee shop, so I’ve had a bit to learn,” she told ABC Geelong.
Hand-made chocolate is a niche market in Australia and it is likely that the artisan chocolate makers will keep making chocochos for the time being.
Hand made chocolate has been popular for years, but artisanal hand-coated chocolators have been increasing in popularity over the past few years.
The new artisanal artisanal coffeeshops are popping up across Australia, including in Melbourne and Launcestonia, with Melbourne’s Handmade Coffee & Espresso in Launce and Launces Coffee & Tea in Launces opening earlier this year. “Crafting