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Chocolate Heaven

Exploring Australia
Have you ever been able to enter a chocolate shop and walk out empty handed? No?
Me neither.
And when the shop is attached to a chocolate factory the temptation is even greater. Even those with the strongest willpower will find a purchase impossible to resist if they visit The Factory in the New South Wales coastal city of West Gosford.
In the large factory shop packets and boxes of chocolate, nougat and marshmallows are artfully stacked in tantalising displays.
Handmade confections named after iconic Australian places fill large glass cabinets.
Through the porthole windows between the shop and the factory floor visitors can see all these treats being made. I have to confess I’m too busy tasting free samples to take photos of the production line.
Luckily I remember to use my camera in the café, where the menu boasts five special hot chocolate creations.
A morsel of cake accompanies each drink, just enough to complement its rich flavours and decadent toppings. With such mouthwatering descriptions, it takes much longer to decide which to choose than it does to devour our treats when they arrive.
When afternoon tea is finished and we return to the shop, it’s even harder to select just a few favourites to take away.
I think I might need one of everything!

Belgium Is Famous For…#3 Chocolate

Belgium produces 220 000 tonnes of chocolate very year, and most of it is handmade and of the very highest quality.

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There are more than 2000 chocolate shops in Belgium and even though the chocolate is the main attraction, the shops themselves are a feast for the eyes.

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They are lavishly decorated and beautifully presented. What better job could there be than to work here?

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It’s impossible to come away without tasting a few samples.

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The most difficult decision is what not to purchase, and when the choices are finally made the chocolates are presented in gorgeously beribboned boxes and bags.

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They look almost too good to open…almost!

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