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Love Byron Bay creperie and chocolate boutique is dedicated to sourcing, creating and sharing a quality chocolate experience from Byron Bay, Australia. We'll cultivate your understanding of cocoa, stimulate the palate with a discerning appreciation, fire the imagination with unique chocolate encounters and share the passion for this legendary food of the gods. Exceptional chocolate infused with delicious flavours, irresistible aromatic characteristics and high quality cocoa. 


Choc Recipes, Choc Facts, Choc Travels and our regular Chocoholic-not-so-Anonymous feature. All this and more in our weekly blog.

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Choc Travel : Sweet delights in Costa Rica's rainforest

Alison Campbell

Cacao has deep roots in the history of the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica, and chocolate tourism has taken off over the last few years, with everything from a Rainforest Chocolate Tour in which you get to harvest and grind cacao seeds, to factory tours and tastings.

With a view of the majestic Arenal Volcano in La Fortuna of San Carlos, the Rainforest Chocolate Tour offers the sweetest rainforest experience, in a region aptly named 'The Fortune' because of its extremely fertile lands. The 2-hour hands on program, offers participants the opportunity to take part in all parts of the production process, from the harvesting of the fruit, drying and grinding of the seed, developing the traditional chocolate drink of Mesoamerica and of course tasting the highest quality organic chocolate.

Sibu's Chocolate, set in the mountains 20 minutes north of downtown San Jose, weaves culture and history through their tasting tours with a sampling of fresh cacao fruit and roasted cocoa beans and samples of an indigenous hot chocolate recipe from the 1500s. Topped off with dark chocolate squares and classic European-style bonbons made on the premises. 

For true chocolate connoisseurs, the family-run Caribeans Coffee & Chocolate in Puerto Viejo, on the country's Caribbean coast, hosts a week-long chocolate dream vacation that offers a fully immersive bean-to-bar experience. Nearby Chocorart is another must-stop. The Swiss couple that runs this farm uses traditional Maya methods to cultivate their cacao and offers two-hour tours and tastings, including a sampling of their vanilla, mint, orange and coconut flavored signature chocolate stick.

Photo credits: Elfinancierocr, Carlos Chavarria

Choc Travel: Sweet Addiction at the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney

Alison Campbell

The word ‘calyx’ refers to the outermost spiral of a flower, or the pod at the base that protects and binds the flower together. To mark Sydney’s Royal Botanic Garden’s 200th birthday the Royal Botanic Garden have created The Calyx, a world class horticultural rotunda and greenhouse that will showcase ever-changing exhibitions, as well as stunning greenery. Fittingly, the first ever exhibition at The Calyx is Sweet Addiction: The Botanic Story of Chocolate, an exhibition dedicated to the cocoa bean in all its incarnations. A fusion of art theatre and flora.


You can learn about how cocoa grows, how it’s processed (did you know cocoa solids and cocoa butter – i.e. chocolate – come from the fermented and dried seeds of the cocoa plant?) and how chocolate is made today. 

See another side of nature and experience the botanic story of chocolate. From the depths of a South American rainforest, journey through chocolate plantations, ancient history, and a Lindt chocolate mill as you learn amazing facts you never knew about chocolate.

Most impressively, Sweet Addiction features the southern hemisphere’s largest interior green wall, with over 18,000 plants arranged into living artworks representing the Mayan God of Chocolate, a traditional chocolate box.

The self-guided tour includes tastings and there’s a Chocolate Garden where kids can have a chocolate adventure and make their own chocolate treats. Watch their promo video to find out more. Definitely one for the school holidays. :)

The Calyx, Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney, NSW
Open 10am-4pm; until April 17, 2017