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Published October 22nd 2012
Update February 16th 2014
Please note: The Choc Pad is now closed and now longer trading.
Diary of a dessertaholic-Life is uncertain,eat dessert first
Dessert foodies, look out! An indulgent refuge for chocolate and dessert lovers has opened in Cronulla this week, much to the delight of locals including myself. Since its opening, I have visited The Choc Pad no less than six times in one week to fulfil my wicked desires. I admit, I have no shame when it comes to chocolate and desserts.
A six tiered dual chocolate fountain majestically sits at the front of this refuge. An elixir of pure Belgium milk and white chocolate flows from cup to cup. Oh to drink from this fountain of youth. Yes youth; chocolate keeps you young.
Double chocolate fountain. OMG I could go to heaven, now my life is complete!
Long upholstered benches line the wall with scatter cushions for extra snuggle. Dark chocolate coloured tables and chairs perfectly shaped chairs for rear end comfort. Add subdued orange lighting and old school R&B echoing throughout the store - and you are sure to be in the mood for a little or a lot of indulgence.
A refuge of indulgence for dessert foodies.
I scan the menu and close my eyes and allow my soul direct me. Ah yes, Peanut Butter and Chocolate Waffle and a hot chocolate; please.
Peanut Butter melting into the waffle squares...mmmmm
My order arrives with oodles of creamy peanut butter partially melting, sinking into the recessed squares on the hot waffle. Warm liquid Belgium chocolate sashayed across the waffle extending over the plate and a generous dollop of ice cream sat in a small dish. I slowly began slicing through the crisp waffle scooping up extra chocolate, adding cold creamy ice cream onto my fork, mixing the textures, flavours and temperatures. I devoured my decadent adventure one heavenly moment at a time. Sipping on my rich hot chocolate, I slowly ran my finger over the plate ensuring there was not a drop of chocolate left. I told you I had no shame.
Caramel, Lime and Coconut pudding, oh so moist!
I returned the following day to taste some more goodies; for review purposes of course. Hmmm, let's see what I could write about.
Ah ha, now there is something I have never tasted. Lime and Coconut Pudding topped with a rich smooth caramel. Once again my order arrived warm, with a swirl of whipped cream on the side and a succulent strawberry. I was a little nervous wondering if it was going to be moist. Clenching my teeth as my spoon sliced through the pudding easily, I sighed with relief as it exposed a very moist scrumptiously flavoured pudding. The lime, coconut and caramel blended beautifully together and I must say you would not need the cream to add moisture, although I did.
Asking for their most wicked hot chocolate, their Ying Yang arrived at my table. Oh my, hot milk poured over thick milk and white chocolate created a swirl effect with a Ying Yang chocolate design on top. Droplets of strawberry coated the glass and a treasure of undissolved chocolate waits at the bottom for you to spoon out and eat. Purely decadent!
I am a dedicated researcher. Well that was my very valid excuse for a third visit to The Choc Pad in the same week. Oh no, the word has spread about their amazing desserts, the place was packed and I had to wait for a table. I grabbed the first available seating and this time ordered their white chocolate, coconut and almond crepe and another wicked drink; a Peanut Butter frappe.
This is the one that broke the dessert foodie's stomach....well only temporarily.
A huge thin crepe folded in fours generously filled with coconut, almonds and wafers, drizzled with creamy white chocolate. Oh this is a very sweet dessert and oh so yummy. As for the frappe, it is thick with just the right ratio of peanut butter to chocolate. I pride myself on the amount of chocolate I can consume in one sitting, yet this combination broke me. I just managed to finish my crepe, yet for the life of me could not finish the frappe, no matter how delicious it was. Oh don't worry, I took the remainder home and finished it for breakfast the next day. Waste not, want not.
Cherry Ripe waffle is divine with a good coffee.
My last expedition set me back, yet only temporarily. A two day sabbatical and I was back again to indulge in their Cherry Ripe waffle. Coconut, cherry flavouring and chocolate over a warm crisp waffle.
During that eventful week, I picked up the occasional Florentine to nibble on and popped in for some strawberry kebabs coated in chocolate. I now pace myself with their wicked, wicked desserts.
Making a vow; I will only eat chocolate dessert on the days ending with 'y'!