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Published April 17th 2013
Spice Up Your Life
Before you have walked in the door, the different aromas from inside the store will hit you in a delicious wave. Directly across from the Hopetoun Tea Rooms in the Block Arcade, this quaint, warm and welcoming store stocks over 100 little culinary treasures. Also found in Toorak and Carlton, this little gem will please all.
For those who are wanting a bit of inspiration for their cooking, or for those who love cooking, this place is like a candy store heaven. Gewurzhaus stocks an expansive variety of spices, sugars, teas and salts that are not readily available or are not at all available elsewhere.
Your choices can be brought in jars or these cute little (labelled!) self serve bags.
All you have to do is pick your delight and next to the bucket will be a little black bag with a label that matches your chosen mix. The label also includes cooking information and suggestions and an ingredients list.
Then scoop the mix into your bag. Little scales have been placed around the store for customers use. There is a 20g minimum, but at around $1.30 to $1.50 per 10g, you will get more than enough to satisfy your curiosity.
There is so much in this store, more than a few things are guaranteed to pique your interest. I have already succumbed to the temptation of the Spaghetti alla Bolognese mix, the Cold and Flu tea and Professor Clara's Clarity tea. On my next visit I might not be able to save my purse from buying from the extensive Chocolate Sugar range, Apple Cake Spice, Aussie Meat Pie Spice and Lavender Sugar.
And if these are not enough to tempt you, Gewurzhaus also do a Mix and Mill, meaning that there are little delights here that cannot be found anywhere else. One of these products is Eva's Yummy Tummy Tea. Consisting of a mix which includes spearmint, lemon myrtle and Siberian ginseng to name a few, is one of my personal favourites for calming the stomach and also it tastes, as the name suggests, yummy.
Gewurzhaus also stock a range of vintage inspired kitchenware including aprons, bakeware, tableware and cute novelty items for tea parties. And if all this wasn't enough, you can even take a class at their cooking school. Ranging from classes on how to mix your own blends, to daily family meals, there's something for everyone. All booking forms and class timetables can be found on their website as can a list of all the products that Gewurzhaus stock.