HAPPY WORLD CHOCOLATE DAY
What better way to celebrate world chocolate day than with a definitive listing of Adelaide’s best chocolate?
And we’re pretty lucky in SA, our state is is CHOC-O-BLOCK with awesome chocolate, chocolatiers, and confectioners.
And just in case the Adelaide chocolate hot spots aren’t enough to whet your appetite, we’ve also listed our fave pick from each location to get you started… and for dessert? Oh, we’ve just whipped up a handy chocolate cheat sheet, so when you’re on the hunt for Adelaide’s best chocolate, you know your single origin from your couverture.
Adelaide’s best chocolate
Top of the block: Milk Chocolate Caramel Marbles
Address: Adelaide Arcade, Rundle Mall, Adelaide
Bracegirdles House of Fine Chocolate
Top of the block: Dark Chocolate Rocky Road
Honourable mention: Bracegirdles also make the honest to god best hot chocolate I’ve ever had!
Glenelg: 31 Jetty Road
McLaren Vale: 190 Main Road
Blackwood: 386 Shepherds Hill Road
Marion: Kiosk 104A Westfield Marion
Clarence Gardens: 289 Cross Road
Barossa Valley Chocolate Company
Top of the block: Dark Peanut Brittle
Address: 64 Burings Rd, Tanunda
Top of the block: Wild Thing cake
Adelaide Airport: Terminal 2, 27/1 James Schofield Dr, Adelaide
Kidman Park: Shop 8B/308-320 Grange Rd
Henley Beach: 340 Seaview Rd, Henley Beach
Top of the block: Dark gin & tonic truffle
Address: Shop 5/38 Gawler Place
Providore Adelaide Centre Market
Top of the block: Dark chocolate home made wagon wheel
Honourable mention: The famous Providore chocolate fountain of course!
Address: Stall 66, 44-60 Gouger St, Adelaide
Steven ter Horst
Top of the block: Crackle (Peanut praline with milk chocolate and caramelised rice bubbles enrobed in 38% Milk chocolate. Yes please).
CBD: 2565 Rundle St, Adelaide
Hyde Park: 4/185 King William Road
Top of the block: Ruby Raspberry and Cacao
Address: Shop 3, 41 Mt Barker Road, Stirling
Top of the block: Berry chocs
CBD: Beehive Corner, 2 Rundle Mall, Adelaide
Adelaide Arcade, Shop 1/112/118 Grenfell St, Adelaide
Burnside Village: Atrium Mall Burnside Village, 447 Portrush Rd, Glenside
Glenelg: 87B Jetty Rd, Glenelg
Factory and Retail store: 154 Greenhill Road, Parkside
Adelaide Central Market: Shop 17, Central Market Arcade, Victoria Square, Adelaide
Golden Grove: Shop 24 The Grove Shopping Centre, The Golden Way, Golden Grove
Chocolate Cheat Sheet
Single origin chocolate — at its most basic, single origin means that the chocolate is made using cacao beans from one specific place or “origin.” That might not sound so special, but most chocolate is made using a blend of beans from a lot of different countries; companies like Hershey’s and Mars even create proprietary blends so that their chocolate always tastes exactly the same. In the past 20 years or so, though, artisan chocolate makers have started making bars using beans from one country — and sometimes even one farm — in order to focus on the terroir of that specific bean.
Single estate chocolate — chocolate made from cocoa grown on a single estate. Flavours will change from harvest to harvest.
Couverture — very high-quality chocolate that contains a higher percentage of cocoa butter than baking or eating chocolate. Coverture is the basic chocolate product that a chocolatier transforms into products such as bars and truffles.
Ganache — a mixture of chocolate and cream used for filling truffles.
Cocoa content — the amount of cocoa in the finished chocolate. The higher the cocoa content, the less sugar is used and the more dominant the cocoa flavour is. Beware, 80% and above cocoa content can be quite bitter!