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The Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery – Yarra Valley diaries, part 3

Yarra Valley Chocolaterie

The Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery is one of those “must-visit” destinations when visiting the Yarra Valley, assuming you like chocolate and are wiling to identify yourself as a tourist. The Chocolaterie is located on the Melba Highway just outside the Yarra Glen township, some 60 minutes from Melbourne.

Yarra Valley Chocolaterie

Set on 16 hectares, it’s a very nice place to visit and there’s some stunning scenery to enjoy. The “architect designed” chocolaterie building itself is well laid out and there’s plenty of parking, as you’d expect from a major tourist destination. I bet it’s mad here on weekends.

Yarra Valley Chocolaterie

You can see the chocolatiers at work, behind glass of course. There wasn’t much happening this morning.

Yarra Valley Chocolaterie

There’s plenty to taste if you’re up for a freebie, although I dare you to leave without buying something. There are over 250 varieties of chocolate and gifts to choose from!

Yarra Valley Chocolaterie

We visited during the week before Easter so there was plenty of egg-action to be had.

Yarra Valley Chocolaterie

Yarra Valley Chocolaterie

Yarra Valley Chocolaterie

Yarra Valley Chocolaterie

This looks rather indulgent, and would make a great gift. All of their products are very attractively packaged.

Yarra Valley Chocolaterie

Chocolate with “local scenes”? Sure, why not.

Yarra Valley Chocolaterie

Yarra Valley Chocolaterie

Anyone for chocolate tea?

Yarra Valley Chocolaterie

Nuts.

Yarra Valley Chocolaterie

More nuts.

Yarra Valley Chocolaterie

Yarra Valley Chocolaterie

Chocolate snakes!

Yarra Valley Chocolaterie

No doubt the overseas tourist market accounts for a large percentage of their sales, and there are some peculiar Australian flavours to try. You can also buy chocolate moulded into the shape of any Australian animal you can think of.

Yarra Valley Chocolaterie

These are just plain weird. Caramelised sesame & celery??

Yarra Valley Chocolaterie

I think I need some chocolate therapy.

Yarra Valley Chocolaterie

There’s ice cream, if you haven’t had enough chocolate.

Yarra Valley Chocolaterie

I cannot confirm or deny that I bought something orange. They might have been delicious.

Yarra Valley Chocolaterie

If you can get past the chocolate and still have some money left, there’s a cafe that serves savoury lunch dishes, cold & hot drinks and even breakfast. You can see the full cafe menu here.

Yarra Valley Chocolaterie

You can sit inside or outside, and the view is quite spectacular. The service was friendly, if a little slow.

Yarra Valley Chocolaterie

The chocolate brownies look more like paving slabs!

Yarra Valley Chocolaterie

We tried the triple-chocolate-mousse…

Yarra Valley Chocolaterie

…wiith extra melted chocolate, of course. As you would expect, this was beautiful but incredibly rich. Definitely for sharing.

Yarra Valley Chocolaterie

The “Choccamochachino”.

Yarra Valley ChocolaterieI can’t resist a good mikshake, and they have some interesting creations as you can see here.

Yarra Valley Chocolaterie

I’m not a big fan of coconut but I tried the Coconut Salted Caramel and it was quite delicious – seriously smooth, with the perfect amount of saltiness. The Brownie Crumble would be my next choice.

Yarra Valley Chocolaterie

Yarra Valley Chocolaterie

Yarra Valley Chocolaterie

The Chocolaterie exists purely to sell you chocolate & relatively expensive cafe food, but you know that long before you walk through the door so there’s no reason to criticise. All of their products are immaculately packaged – and what we tasted was of very high quality – so even if you’re not a chocolate fan it’s a great place to do your holiday gift shopping.

It’s open every day of the year (except for Christmas Day) from 9am to 5pm, and should definitely be on your list of places to visit if you’re visiting the Yarra Valley.

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