Posted: 19 Dec 2013

5 of the best places to buy
Christmas chocolate

MasterChef contestant Andrew PriorMelbourne foodie Andrew Prior might have bombed out of MasterChef Australia in season five, but he has not let go of his culinary dreams.

After the show, Andrew started running walking tours around Melbourne’s best food destinations – Queenie’s Food Tours.

Here are Andrew’s top 5 chocolate shops in Melbourne…

1. Ganache Chocolate

250 Toorak Rd, South Yarra, 9804 7485 & 245 Collins St, city, 9650 8388

Master chocolatier Arno Backes has created a lovely range of Christmas products, from a Santa Pop to Saint Nic on a motorbike. I tried the small milk chocolate tree decorated in white chocolate with five different layers. It’s the perfect treat to snack on while watching that Christmas tele movie.

2. Lux Bite

38 Toorak Rd, South Yarra, 9867 5888

I meet Lux Bite’s Bernard Chu on a reality TV show and this meeting has changed my life. Meeting people with passion about what they do is one of the best things about my job –  that and eating food all day in the name of research. Bernard loves to offer something different – think green tea cheesecake. His handcrafted chocolates come in four flavours – passion fruit & kaffir Lime, mandarin jaffa, green tea pistachio and salted caramel. You get two of each flavour in a beautifully stylish black box.

3. Burch & Purchese Sweet Studio

Burch and Purchese Christmas647 Chapel St, South Yarra, 9827 7060

Darren Purchese and his team (including fellow MasterChef alumni Kylie Millar) has created some fantastic edible Christmas decorations that taste as good as they look. Christmas baubles that are made from the finest Belgian chocolate, then hand sprayed and include cool freeze mint and freeze dried strawberries. They are in packaged in clear individual boxes or packs of six (right). You will really need to buy yourself one if you are getting some for someone else.

4. A La Folie

589 Chapel St, South Yarra, 0421 321 135

Here’s another addition to the South Yarra dessert scene, with a selection of delicate, delicious chocolates on offer. Always a delight on my tours, Mercede and her staff are on hand to talk you through the range. If you can’t see them when you get in store, ask for them as sometimes they are busy out the back. Flavours include salted caramel, almond praline, candied orange and my favourite jasmine green tea.

5. Mörk

50 Bourke St, city, 0450 101 329

Mörk is an exciting newcomer on the chocolate scene, run by Swede Josefin Zernell, a chocolatier for 12 years. She has three ranges of take-home hot chocolate mixes that taste like a high quality drink you would have at the best cafes/restaurants in town.

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