Need another reason to treat yourself with some chocolate this winter? This Saturday, July 7, is World Chocolate Day – a day where we celebrate the delicious sweet creation that comes from the magical cacao bean. A whole day dedicated to consuming chocolate? Yes please.
Living in South Australia, chocoholics are spoilt for choice. One of the top spots to indulge those chocolatey cravings is Hahndorf in the Adelaide Hills – the perfect spot to spend this World Chocolate Day. This little Hills haven isn’t just a one-experience-wonder, it’s a chocolate-lovers paradise, with a collection of top-notch chocolatiers to visit, tastes to try, and experiences to sink your sweet-teeth in.
Let’s face it, there’s plenty of other days to celebrate a love of chocolate – there’s Easter, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, birthdays, Halloween, International Chocolate Day (13 September in the US), Milk Chocolate Day (July 22), White Chocolate Day (September 22), and our favourite Chocolate Covered Anything Day (December 16).
We’ve put together a list of our favourite Hahndorf haunts to keep the chocolate cravings at bay all year ’round…
Chocolate @ No.5
Home to one of the most decadent hot chocolates in town, chocolatier Chocolate @ No.5 make all their products on site from the finest ingredients available. Whether you’d like to eat and drink in store, or take some tasty truffles, blocks and treats home to enjoy later, there’s something for every chocolate fanatic.
5 Main Street, Hahndorf
With shops around the state, this South Aussie favourite is a hit in the Hills. The well-known brand – proud members of the I Choose SA campaign – are still made in South Australia by Robern Menz, after 150 years of business. They offer a delectable range of products including their original Apricot FruChocs, chocolate honeycomb, chocolate coffee beans, giant chocolate frogs and their recently launched vegan FruChos. Take the family, gather your pals – you’ll all go home with a bag (or five).
2/80 Main Street, Hahndorf
The Fudge Shop
With over 40 sweet and tasty flavours, The Fudge Shop handcrafts each little piece of fudge that walks out their scrumptious store. Featuring a range of chocolates, salted caramel, butterscotch and their famous chilli chocolate, they’ve got a flavour for every sweet tooth in the family. Get chewing, folks.
Shop 4, 56 Main Street, Hahndorf
The old-fashioned Hahndorf Sweets smells as good as it looks, that all-memorable sweet shop whiff washing over you as soon as you step in the door. Childhood memories abound here, with a range of sugary, chocolatey treats on offer from all over the globe. There’s Wonka Bars (will you be lucky enough to find a Golden Ticket?) and a collection of American chocolates the likes of specialty M&Ms, Hershey’s, Baby Ruth and Reese’s peanut butter cups (these have a cult following, folks – well worth a try).
54a Main Street, Hahndorf
Kitchen 2C is a local favourite, and when it comes to a chocolate-fix, they’ve got you sorted. Our top pick? Their Belgian Chocolate Waffles with Dolce banana caramel sauce – it ticks so many boxes. They also make their own chocolate ganache with 58% couverture chocolate, cream, dark brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and allspice – yum! To top it off, all this deliciousness goes into their Chunky Spiced Hot Chocolate (the chunky part is a generous scoop of chocolate chips).
43b Main Street, Hahndorf
Chocovino at Hahndorf Hill Winery
Indulge in a selection of delectable chocolates from around the world, paired perfectly with Hahndorf Hill wines as you overlook this picturesque property. Come rain, hail or shine, this is an experience like no other. Let the staff guide you, or select the pairing choices to match your own palate. If you’re not much of a drinker, you can skip the wine and just try the chocolate, too.
38 Pain Road, Hahndorf
Natura’s Artisan Ice Cream
Family-owned Natura’s Artisan Ice Cream has been producing the goods on the main street of Hahndorf since 1999. With over 60 flavours – many gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan – you won’t know where to start. One of their most popular chocolate creations is their chilli chocolate ice cream. Go on, get a little adventurous.
1/60 Main Street, Hahndorf
Farm Gate Providore
With an enticing dessert display along the street, you won’t be able to walk past Farm Gate Providore without your mouth watering. Home to a gigantic chocolate fountain, this little gem is chocoholic is heaven. A treasure trove for all things sweet, they also have macarons, strudel and cakes. Let temptation take you in – it’s well worth a gander.
84 Main Street, Hahndorf
Beerenberg Family Farm
When it comes to chocolate-covered fruit, Beerenberg’s chocolate freeze-dried strawberries are a cult hit around these parts, regulars coming from near and far for these little beauties. Available for purchase at the Beerenberg Family Farm shop, they’re described as strawberry-like honeycomb covered in delicious milk or dark chocolate. Crunchy, crispy, sweet and addictive, these little delights will have you coming back.
Mount Barker Road, Hahndorf
Gulf Brewery is a micro-brewery producing hand-crafted boutique beers. Housed in a charming old building on the main street, the brewery is a top spot to relax by the fire in winter, or sit outside and soak up the sun in the warmer months. Offering a unique range of brews, there’s a pint for every palate. For chocolate fiends, there’s a smooth dark chocolate stout, using chocolate malt and Belgian cocoa in the brew process for a frothy chocolate hit.
81 Main Street, Hahndorf //
There’s nothing quite like the smell of freshly-cooked waffle cones – something Royal Copenhagen ice creamery have been perfecting in Australia since 1982. The Hahndorf location has a sweet 18 flavours to choose from, plus a choice of toppings (chocolate, nut dip anyone?). They don’t just do ice cream either, with hot chocolates, waffles and more to choose from. Oh my!
74 Main Street, Hahndorf
Well known for its pizzas, hearty main courses and big breakfasts, The Haus also has a decadent dessert menu. Chocolate-lovers, try the Chocolate Marquise with Cointreau infused orange jelly, chocolate dust and mascarpone cream. There’s also a Mars Bar Cheesecake, or the Haus-made chocolate brownie served with chantilly cream. Oh me, oh my! They also stock Barossa Valley’s Brewing’s Choc Coffee Stout, too, if you’re craving a frothy pint.
38A Main Street, Hahndorf
Ye Olde Ice Creamery
Look for the old-style gelato cart parked on the footpath and you know you’ve made it to Ye Olde Ice Creamery. The hard part? Deciding which flavour to choose. Proudly South Australian-owned, Evercream Gelati are renowned for their authentic gelati and sorbets. Crafted using quality ingredients and traditional Italian methods, Evercream has over 30 flavours to choose from. The selection includes gluten-free traditional ice cream, with flavours including Baileys and Scorched Almond, Dark Dutch Chocolate, and White Chocolate Raspberry Swirl. Get lickin’.
27 Main Street, Hahndorf
The Seasonal Garden Cafe
Now with two locations (second site now open in Norwood), The Seasonal Garden Cafe is famous for its cakes for the dietary conscious. Most are vegan, gluten-free, raw, refined sugar-free and dairy-free, catering for all sorts of needs and desires. While the offerings do change, some of the top shocolate flavours that may adorn the cake fridge include Chocolate Beetroot Cake, Chocolate Salted Caramel Cheesecake, Choc Orange and Almond Cake, Chocolate Peanut, Mint Chocolate and the yummiest raspberry and chocolate gluten-free brownies in town. They also make incredible wedding and special occasion cakes.
100 Mount Barker Road, Hahndorf
If you find some other chocolate treasures in Hahndorf, be sure to let us know in the comments below.