I am an academic and writer living in Melbourne. I love to travel and I also love writing about all the things Melbourne, regional Victoria and other parts of Australia have to offer.
Published September 12th 2018
Yum Yum Yum
Chocoholics rejoice! But even if you are not a true chocolate lover you may change your mind after this tour. This is not a tour just about chocolate: it is partly a tour about some interesting places and history of Melbourne, a chance to meet people who make or work with chocolate, about local products and about how excellent chocolate is made. And yes, there is the chocolate......
From the time you meet Amanda, one of the owners of Chocoholic tours, you know it's going to be fun. She has that sort of personality and enthusiasm for her work. Together with her husband, Amanda, who worked for the company for a number of years, ended up buying the company 18 months ago due to the previous owner's bad health (the website is being updated to reflect this change in ownership). She has other guides too, who I am sure, perform just as great a job of guiding and educating people about chocolate and about some of Melbourne's secrets.
What is the significance of this chocolate fish? Find out on the tour...
Your tour starts with some guidelines about how to get the most out of chocolate tasting and rule number one is to pace yourself! You also get to know briefly about the places you will visit and a little bit about a surprise at the end, by which time you will be well and truly ready to sit down and enjoy the lovely ending of this tour.
There are tours of different lengths, times of day and groups (corporate, hens', VIP Masterclasses) and you can check them all out here. My tour was one of the shorter ones, but this may be perfect for small or family groups. Tours can also include wine and chocolate matching and/or tea and chocolate pairing.
The chocolate tasting is, as you would expect, the main focus of the tours but there is a lot more. You learn some quirky facts about Melbourne, you get to meet people who are passionate about their products and you get to see Melbourne's laneways and streets form a different perspective. Plus you get to meet people from other parts of the world who are just as excited about chocolate. It's fun watching other people's reaction when they taste chocolates they may not have tried before or have been reluctant to try.
I can recommend this tour as an exploration of Melbourne for both visitors and locals - there is food (well mainly chocolate), some surprises along the way, our famous laneways, quirky history, and friendly local producers and sellers - quintessential Melbourne really.