I wish I could capture the smell of Haigh’s Chocolates for you.
Next to coffee, the smell of chocolate sends me straight to cloud nine. On a hot Sunday afternoon, after landing in Adelaide from Melbourne, I went on to Haigh’s Chocolate Store for a chocolate factory tour*.
In a world of automation, profit maximization and shareholder-pleasing behavior, it is refreshing to see a family run company that sticks by handcrafted, environmentally-friendly and fair-trade** practices.
Everything at Haigh’s Chocolates was too good to be true! Even the store in Adelaide, located at 2 Rundle Mall, looks exactly the same since 1915.
Sustainability and recycling is part of Haigh’s Chocolates policy and among many of the great things they do, they collect rainwater on their factory roof, use 100% recyclable packaging and even then, it doesn’t end there! Even the chocolate box tray is made from biodegradable and non-genetically modified corn starch! They also give back to sustain Bilbies (endangered Asutralian rabbit-like animal) and native fishes.
So if you’re in town during Easter season, don’t miss the ‘Hot Cross Buns’ special edition that is made up of a spiced chocolate fudge center wrapped in a layer of dark chocolate. The finishing touch is a hand-piped white cross. Simply heavenly!
If you are in Melbourne or Sydney, drop by the store (no tours) and pick up a few chocolate truffles and bars (I also recommend a try of the Caffe Latte truffle and Hazelnut Praline bar). Tours are ongoing at Adelaide from Monday to Saturday at 11.00am, 1.00pm and 2.00pm – phone bookings are essential.
*The Haigh’s Chocolates factory tour is slightly small scale, incomparable to the massive Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory.
** Their cocoa beans are purchased on a fair trade basis. As they also obtain Australian produced raw materials, they cannot be officially stamped as “fair trade certified”.