Bruno's Truffles is a Canberra-owned chocolatier, tucked away in a back street behind the Mawson shops, south of the city. Unfortunately, being a chocolatier is an art form that isn't as common in todays factory-produced world, with store-bought chocolates readily available for every occasion. The owner, Swiss-born Bruno Ehrensperger has been creating handmade chocolates since 1984 and has more than 50 types of chocolate at his Mawson store and patisserie. I personally discovered Bruno's Truffles when writing the article 5 Must-Try Local Chocolatiers in Canberra and wanted to go back and visit when the handmade Easter rabbits and eggs would be on the shelves...and of course try some!
Like most people, I love chocolate, however I also love admiring the work of Canberra locals who have spent years honing their skills. Each of the rabbits and eggs at Bruno's Truffles are made by hand, with love and care put into each one - and it shows.
If you have a special Easter rabbit or egg to buy for that special someone, or you have a visitor coming in from overseas who would appreciate a local present, then why not track down Bruno's Truffles, for a unique Easter surprise.
When you walk into the store, the scale of the Easter production is evident in the high shelving units packed with dark, milk and white chocolate products - or a combination of all three. The handmade Easter rabbits and eggs start from $3 and go up towards the $100 price range for some of the larger, impressive creations, depending on the size and complexity of the design. If you take a closer look at the rabbits on the shelves, there are rabbits on motorbikes with jelly bean deliveries, cute ducklings and sweet Easter animal pairings. There are also the large eggs wrapped in cellophane, which would light up the eyes of any child (or adult!) who would receive it.
Shelves packed with handmade eggs, rabbits and easter ducklings
As you look around the rest of the small store and patisserie, there is also evidence of Bruno's Swiss heritage with traditional Swiss pies, slices and treats around the outlet, which would be the perfect gift for anyone from Switzerland or Europe. They make and sell Linzer Torte, which is an Austrian torte and said to be the oldest cake recipe in the world, with evidence that the recipe was first made in 1653. Bruno's also makes Totenbeinli, from the Graubuenden region of Switzerland and Basler Läckerli, a hard spiced Swiss biscuit. Even if you're not from Switzerland, they are a cultural experience - and a delicious one - to buy and take home to enjoy with friends and family.
If you are visiting the store before Easter to have a look around, try and time it just before Easter itself, when they will also be having steaming hot cross buns coming out of the oven. The rest of the year they have crusty sourdough bread made on site and range of bread rolls and bakery items. This quiet and tucked away little business may not be on the top of everyone's list to visit all throughout the year, unless you live nearby, however if you are after a handmade present for Easter or Christmas, then this is one place to start looking on the south side of Canberra.
If you thought Bruno's Truffles had a delicious and extensive range at Easter - look at what he does at Christmas!
Traditional Gingerbread houses, puddings, fruit cakes and more...Source: Bruno's Truffles Facebook