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chocolate with port or muscat."
Exotic-flavoured chocolates are also on the
menu at the Chocolate Lounge, with tempting
combinations such as black tea, orange blossom
and brandy dipped in decadent dark chocolate
(to name just one).
Fondues are big sellers, as are hot chocolates
tipped into in a hug mug , where you mix your
choice of chocolate buttons (pistols) with hot,
textured milk. Silky smooth, liquid heaven is the
result. Calories guaranteed.
Denmark is home to another noteworthy choc-
olatier. Dark Side Chocolates John Wade (also an
award-winning winemaker) creates unique morsels
that feature Australian flavours. Wattle seed, lemon
myrtle and strawberry eucalypt are all ingredients
he sources from local trees. "Most of my customers
are tourists and the Australian flavours are most
people s first choice," says John.
So popular have John s chocolates become that
business has doubled in the past year -- a further
sign that chocolate tourism is on the up and up.
But if you live in Perth and don t want to travel
for hundreds of kilometres for your chocolate
fix , you ll be pleased to hear there are now three
chocolate-themed cafes around town.
Chocolateria San Churro (an Australian com-
pany with 20 franchised cafes nationwide and soon
to expand overseas) can be found in Fremantle,
Leederville and Subiaco.
These cafes serve, among other things, the
classic Spanish treat known as churros, which are
a bit like long doughnuts that you dip into warm,
melted chocolate. Yummmm.
Manager of the Subiaco cafe Jenna Menzies
says the WA stores are the busiest in Australia
and two more cafes will open soon. "Customers
just love the concept and what we sell, and every-
one leaves in a good mood," says Jenna.
And why wouldn t you be happy? You have a
tummy-full of what many say is an aphrodisiac.
Not only is there a sensual pleasure gained from
consuming it but some experts go so far as saying
that melting chocolate in your mouth increases
your brain activity and heart rate more effectively
than passionate kissing. (I ll have what those
experts are having, thanks.)
Chocolate has even been named as a natural
anti-depressant and the dark variety contains anti-
oxidants that are believed to help ward off cancer
and lower blood pressure.
Unfortunately, the experts also advise consum-
ing it in moderation, as over-indulging in choco-
late can have a negative effect on your health, not
to mention your bottom.
But hey, if one must die, I can think of far
worse things than death by chocolate. sm
PERTH IS HOME to several specialist
chocolate shops and producers and some
make their delicious wares on the premises.
Look out for a new range of chocolates from
Mondo Nougat in the Swan Valley. You can
watch them being made in the factory and
then enjoy eating them in the cafe.
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