Stepping out of the car in the raging and rather cold wind was soon worth it as we walked into the entrance of the historic factory. After passing through the historic turn styles we soon found ourselves buried in a mass of chocolately delights.
Easter rabbits. Bilby's. Gift baskets. Giant eggs. Small eggs. Egg cups with chocolate eggs delicately placed inside. And of course the factory's local delights like the chocolate cow pats all greeted us! Being Good Friday I think we expected something of a crowd, but the place was truly bustling with business and plenty of chocolates were still being made as we wandered around.
I must add it's not just chocolates we found delightful. We sampled jelly beans and toffee sweets. Quite a few times if I care to admit. But the real magic of Melba's is definitely the chocolate!
We even witnessed the chocolate coating of almonds in a large red and somewhat rough spinning machine which, to the untrained eye, could easily have been mistaken for a cement mixer! For five minutes the almonds were turned and turned until they looked shiny enough for the worker to start bundling up.
And we also watched as workers tirelessly wrapped up more and more Easter goodies, one by one and all by hand.
After spending a good part of two hours we were all ready to buy our goodies, with fond memories to take home. I spent $50 there and it wasn't my intention to spend quite so much, being on a meagre income myself, but the chocolately delights just leapt, in true Easter bunny fashion, into my basket!
For those wanting more information about Melba's, here it is:
Location: 22 Henry Street, Woodside, SA 5244 Phone: (08) 8389 7868
Opening times: open 7 days from 9am to 4:30pm. (Open public holidays. Closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day)
Other: disabled access and facilities on site. Free entry into gift shop. School groups and bus charters welcome