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Published January 10th 2011
Chocolate lovers, prepare yourselves for an inner-city chocolate experience that will leave you with sweet memories – both to enjoy in-store, at home and shared with family and friends. Ganache Chocolate has launched its city store due to popular demand after the success of its South Yarra store at 250 Toorak Road. City folk can now indulge in handmade, European-style chocolates, with a range so extensive, it comprises the widest selection of handmade chocolates in Melbourne. Yum!
So, what can you expect? Rather than read about it, I highly recommend you get yourself down there to experience it first-hand. For the moment though, imagine stunning displays of handcrafted pralines made with the finest couverture chocolate. Or perhaps an enticing range of chocolate bars that are so fine, so carefully-crafted and so divine, you might never again settle for that stuff they pass off as chocolate in the supermarket. In the unfortunate event that I was forced to pick just one, I'd say the Hazelnut is my favourite.
The store is brimming with other enticements: gift-wrapped chocolate figurines; the just-launched range of single-origin chocolates (try the Madagascar); a range of Christmas gift products, including a Christmas tree made from 70% dark French Valrhona Grands Crus Tropilia Amer Noir couverture and finished with gold dust – now that's a decadent mouthful.
Then there's true hot chocolate that's creamy and intensively-flavoured, a savoury menu comprising filled baguettes and more; and a full French-style patisserie comprising artisan gateaux and macarons. (I'm torn between the passionfruit and chocolate macarons, so I can't pick a favourite. Then there's the lavender ...)
It goes without saying that Master Chocolatier Arno Backes is passionate about his art – he's also a nice guy, so if you spot a little guy with a big hat, do say hi.