Freelance writer living in the Barossa Valley, South Australia.
Published October 30th 2011
Melba's Chocolate Factory is located forty minutes east of Adelaide in the Adelaide Hills. The factory is located in the town of Woodside selling old fashioned favourites, along with a Melba's shop selling chocolate and confectionary in Port Elliot. The chocolate factory is an accredited tourism business and a very popular tourist attraction for South Australia and the Hills region.
The Melba's Chocolate Factory holds various traditions and has quite a lot of history already from its start up in 1990. The factory at Woodside is positioned at an historic site which was once the Farmers Union Factory Site. The buildings were long neglected before Melba's chocolate business had started to commence clean up and renovation. The buildings are heritage listed and the complex is now known as 'Heritage Park'. Inside the factory traditions have not been forgotten, Melba's Chocolate Factory manufactures all their favourites with 1940s era chocolate and confectionery making equipment. Melba's have become well known and popular for their unique procedures, it is quite rare to find factories working to this day in the same fashion as Melba's, they take time to make all products to finest quality through these old fashioned processes.
Melba's Chocolate Factory inside, stalls and memorabilia surrounds
As you walk into the factory you can sense a strong aroma of chocolate, liquorice and confectionery being made fresh in the factory. The atmosphere is quite special, giving you a sense of an old quaint factory, there are antiques and memorabilia to be seen throughout Melba's. Centred in the middle of the factory are stalls selling all Melba's products. Surrounding them in the main area are five rooms off to the sides where the manufacturing occurs. All visitors can watch from the barriers as their favourites are created through old fashioned techniques and equipment. Rooms to be viewed are the Chocolate room, Depositing room, Packing room, Panning room and the Toffee room. You can appreciate the work and passion put into the business after you view these rooms.
Melba's makes and sells their finest and great tasting old time favourites everyday, including rocky road, scorched almonds, aprichocs, traffic lights, and the well known inch liquorice blocks. As well as these favourites you can try some of Melba's specialties, these include the giant chocolate letters, freckles, frogs, dinosaurs, cow pats and sheep nuts made from Melba's milk chocolate. These specialties are sure to keep you entertained, there is certainly some difference to this South Australian chocolate factory.
If you are a chocolate, confectionery licorice lover or just have a sweet tooth then Melba's Chocolate Factory is a great stop during your next visit or drive to the Adelaide Hills. Melba's Chocolate Factory welcomes all, including large groups, school groups and those who may be travelling by bus, with good size parking on site. Visitors are also encouraged to ask the staff at Melba's any questions about the factory and its manufacturing. Experience an old time chocolate factory in use at Melba's and try some of their own chocolate and confectionery as you wander through and watch these delicious treats become created.