Domestic goddess and backyard explorer with a passion for freelance writing!
Published May 28th 2014
Will you embrace the chocolate culture?
This 'everything chocolate' franchise has taken Australia by storm, aiming to create a new chocolate culture around the world and I have to say, I think they've succeeded so far. Max Brenner is right up there when one is seeking a chocolate related dessert, drink or even just plain old chocolate.
Everything from the decor, to the menu, to the music is designed to create a magical world of pleasure where one can indulge in the sensory experience and escape the outside world. This dreamy, but sophisticated ambience oozes out of the polished wooden tables and chairs, the brown pipes that look like they are being held together with chocolate, bars of white, milk and dark chocolate behind the counters and a pot of warm, melted chocolate for the whole world to see.
Furthermore, all the Max Brenner cafes I've been to have a separate counter set aside one end of the cafe, specially for pralines and other types of chocolate and souvenirs such a mugs, tins of chocolate, luxury chocolate sets, chocolate greeting cards and more, that one can purchase as gifts for special occasions or simply to spoil oneself.
You can find a Max Brenner store anywhere around Sydney, from Bondi and Manly to the city and many other suburbs. I've personally been to the one on Margaret street, Sydney, Parramatta, and Blacktown.
My favourite desserts at Max Brenner include the chocolate truffle, chocolate brownie, hoc late souffle, the trio (yum!) and for breakfast, lunch or dinner, the waffles are fantastic; they come with your choice of ice cream, fresh fruits including strawberries and banana. If one is sharing with a group of people, the fondues are a delectable choice with fruit, marshmallows etc. that one can dip into their own pot of melted mild, dark or white chocolate. For a quick and cheap sugar/ chocolate hit, the lick is a fantastic choice which is essentially a chocolate shot comprised of melted chocolate. If there are kids around, they'll love the chocolate dessert pizza or crepes too.
If that's not enough to satisfy your chocolate taste buds, the hot chocolate drinks are amazing...especially when had in a 'hugmug', a specially created mug to exude feelings of warmth, comfort and love.. you'll see what I mean. My particular favourite is the spicy hot chocolate, which has an exotic chilli flavour and the mocha is a great caffeine and chocolate hit, served in another special cup called the kangaroo cup, designed to serve coffees.
Will you decide to embrace the chocolate culture too?