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by CassandraJoy (subscribe)
I write for Weekend Notes and I take photographs, usually sunsets and sunrises. Occasionally I include my photos in my articles. I like to promote Geelong, and activities around Geelong.
Published April 6th 2016
Chocoholics Welcome Here
Part of the Easter chocolates on display
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Chocolate Mill Hot Chocolate Cafe & Garden

A visit to Daylesford should include a special trip to Chocolate Mill, Mount Franklin. When I went to Daylesford recently I picked up a brochure from Chocolate Mill and decided I needed to go and have a chocolate fix.

Chocoholics this way
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If you drive through Daylesford and head towards Bendigo, the Chocolate Mill is on your left close to Mount Franklin. If you blink you might miss it, so watch out for the signs. (The Chocolate Mill is not crooked, nor is it's roof crooked. The photographer took a slightly slanted photo - see below.)

Chocolate Mill and Garden Beds
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I am a chocoholic, and the first sign that I read, once I had parked my car in the lovely bush setting, was a sign saying "chocoholic" with a sign pointing to the Chocolate Mill entrance.

And Coffee! Double Heaven - chocolate and coffee!
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Now for all you chocoholics out there, the Chocolate Mill is a chocoholics answer to chocolate heaven. You can buy hot chocolate drinks, chocolate tarts, chocolate to take home and more. Then you can dine in the cafe or find a table outside among the trees.

The Entrance to the Cafe
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I ordered hot chocolate and a chocolate tart, and I dined outside in the bush setting, watching the children play in the playground. Chocolate Mill is set in from the highway, in a lovely area surrounded by trees, a small waterhole, and lots of tables and chairs set in the garden.

Chocolate Tart, a Chocoholic's delight
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Hot Chocolate, with melted chocolate at the bottom
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Free entry - there is free entry to the Cafe, and the Chocolate Mill. There are video demonstrations going on all the time, showing how Chocolate Mill makes chocolate, and how cocoa is turned into chocolate. You can also watch through a window to see chocolate being moulded into different shapes.

The Evidence
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Is Clear!
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Chocolate Mill - Belgian couveture chocolates are hand made on site, and sold exclusively from Chocolate Mill, Mount Franklin. There is a retail store in front of the kitchen, with the viewing window so you can watch the chocolate being produced. And there is the cafe where you can purchase hot chocolates, coffee, ice cream, cakes and drinks.

Chocolate Mill uses Fair Trade certified chocolate
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The cafe has two toilets, including a toilet with disabled access. The car park holds up to 50 cars, and there is seating in the cafe and outside for up to 80 chocoholics.

Metal Sculptures in the Garden Beds
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Working in the Community

Chocolate Mill believes that doing business means more than making and selling chocolate. They want to make their business sustainable. For Chocolate Mill, this includes providing a positive and ethical community and environmental contribution, as well as having a strong customer focus.

Community Contribution

Chocolate Mill supports not-for-profit organisations and programs, especially helping people who are struggling to survive, or to live safely and in good health. Chocolate Mill also hopes to encourage other businesses to do the same.

The Playground
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Chocolate Mill - chocolate ingredients and fillings

The fillings for the products made and sold at Chocolate Mill are made on site and contain ingredients from local, national and international producers and suppliers.

The international products are sourced because of their quality, and minimal or no artificial ingredients. The almonds, macadamias and quince paste used by Chocolate Mill are all Australian. The honey comes from bees that visit the Yellowbox in the Mount Franklin area. And the strawberries and raspberries also come from local suppliers.

Tables and Chairs in the Bush Setting
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Environmental Footprint

The Chocolate Mill building is a 2 storey, straw bale construction. It was built by the original owners of Chocolate Mill. It is made with approximately 70 percent recycled materials. It is rendered in earth (soil) and Chocolate Mill generates 25 percent of their power by solar panels.

Chocolate Mill is set on 16 acres of native forest, with native gardens too. The setting is really pretty, and when you sit outside at one of the many tables and chairs, you feel like you are out in the bush, surrounded by trees and bushes.

Chocolate Mill is aiming to be Carbon Neutral. In August 2007, Chocolate Mill planted 10 acres more of native trees for re-forestation to help with erosion and to keep the bush setting.

Bottles Decorate the Walls inside the Chocolate Store
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Chocolate Mill Shop

In the Chocolate Mill Shop staff use biodegradable, unbleached paper shopping bags and boxes. The brochures are printed on 100 percent recycled paper, as are their business cards. The Cooler Bags sold are designed for reuse. Even the toilet paper is one ply unbleached 100 percent recycled paper and the business uses 100 percent recycled computer paper.

The new owners at Chocolate Mill are Nicki and Adrian Straton. The original owners and builders were Jennifer Gregory and Chris Weippert. The Chocolate Mill factory opened in 2004. The Hot Chocolate Cafe opened in 2006.

Windows Inside the Chocolate Store show the width of the StrawBale Walls
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Opening Hours

Monday to Friday Chocolate Mill is open from 10.00am to 3.30pm. Saturday and Sunday Chocolate Mill is open from 10.00am to 12.00pm.

Chocolate Mill offers bus and tour groups a FREE "chocolate sample" for groups of 25 or more people. The demonstration (viewing window) is probably not appropriate for school and university groups.

Chocolates being produced at Chocolate Mill
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Why? For the love of Chocolate
When: Open 7 Days 10.00am to 4:45pm
Phone: (03) 5476 4208
Where: Daylesford Chocolate Mill Shop 5451 Midland Hwy Mt Franklin,
Cost: Free Entry, Cost to purchase food and drinks at Cafe
Your Comment
I don't need any encouragement when chocolate is involved. Everything about the Chocolate Mill sounds interesting.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|8059) 1788 days ago
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