Welcome to The Factory, where you'll be surprised at the range of products in the retail store as well as the goodies in the cafe, the chocolate workshops and the guided tours of the factory floor.
I love the cute frog mugs and just had to get one
Home to Nougat Limar, Bon Bon Fine Chocolate and The Sydney Marshmallow Co., the delicious treats you'll discover in the retail shop are both favourites you've likely come across before and sweet delights new to you.
Lots of different flavoured nougats to choose from
Huge jars of marshmallows atop lots of chocolate goodies
Mouth-watering sensations on display for purchase during my visit included Nougat Teasers (mini fruity balls), blocks of different flavoured nougat and rocky road, chocolate-covered figs and dates, bags of peanut brittle and lollies, white chocolate rainbow drops, white chocolate-covered cranberries, milk chocolate fries and chocolate pretzels, jars of toasted coconut marshmallows and individual artisan chocolates at the counter.
More of the large range of treats available
I wish I could have taken this home in a suitcase
Artisan delights at the counter
There's so much more with coffee beans for sale too, amongst mugs, hampers and gift boxes. The hardest part is limiting oneself and deciding on what to take home.
When you need a bite to eat before you get home, check out the cafe. It's decor fits in well with the wooden tones of the factory and is positioned so that you can walk into it from the retail shop.
Lots of variety in this cafe's menu
A brunch and lunch menu is available 9am-2.30pm with bacon & egg rolls, an avocado affair on sourdough, burgers, chips and hot pans, such as the Italian meatballs in sauce with garlic pizza bread. A kid's menu for under 10's has meals with a sweet treat included.
From the patisserie counter, there's savoury and sweet croissants (the Nutella was delicious), gourmet pies, frittatas, brioche toasty buns, scones, banana bread, cakes and slices and, for something even more decadent, there's waffles involving cookies & cream, banoffee with bananas and caramel fudge sauce, plus more, available all day.
The croissant with plenty of Nutella inside was a treat amongst treats
Check out the full menu here
. The home-made ice cream and fruit sorbets sound great too as do the range of hot chocolates that include the Mint Patty, the Black Forest and the Snowy Mountains. One thing's for sure at this cafe, with so many choices, it requires multiple visits.
The kids will also love the chocolatier workshops (5-14yrs). Running for 60-80mins on weekends, participants learn how chocolate and other sugary sweets are made. The fun hands-on sessions take place at 11am and 1.30pm, with a maximum of 6 per session at the moment due to COVID restrictions. The cost is $50 per child. An apron will be provided upon arrival.
The very clean and COVID-safe workshop
If you're visiting Weds-Fri, kids and adults alike can explore treats being made behind the scenes with a 15-30min factory tour. Sessions are at 11am and 1pm with a maximum of 12 participants whilst COVID restrictions are in place. Adult cost is $10pp and $8pp for seniors and children under 14yrs. Alternatively, you can watch treats being made through the porthole windows.
To book a workshop or tour, click here
So if you're a chocoholic or not (just want a meal), this factory is a highlight for both locals and roadtrippers to the Central Coast.