Sunday, January 30, 2011

Haigh's Berry Chocs

Haigh’s Chocolates is Australia’s oldest family-owned chocolatier having opened back in 1915. The Company manufactures its products in Adelaide and has several stores in Victoria, NSW and SA.  John  Haigh the current chairman studied at Lindt and Sprungli in Switzerland in the 1950’s and is responsible for incorporating the traditions of European chocolate making into Haigh’s operations. 

Haigh’s are famous for their chocolate frogs, apricot fruits , Shiraz truffles in which they use wines from the regions in Adelaide and their Australian Collection which feature flavours like honey and macadamia, lemon myrtle, wattle seed and quandong. YUM!

I was walking along George Street in Sydney the other day and came across the Haigh’s store in the Strand Arcade and being the chocoholic that I am I just had to stop in and take a look. Pete and I  visited the Original Haigh’s store in Adelaide last year, but we didn’t purchase anything because at the time, chocolate and I were taking a break. A 3 month break to be precise. It was a trying time indeed but I survived and managed to come out on the other side a few kilos lighter and more in control of my chocolate loving ways. My days of inhaling an entire block of chocolate were behind me. I am now able to savour chocolate without having to eat it all at once! *Ahem* , I digress.

So, I walked in to the Haigh’s store in Sydney and was greeted by heavenly visions of chocolate, I was surrounded by blocks, bars, handmade gourmet delights , chocolate covered nuts and more. My olfactory system went into overdrive as I was embraced by the sweetness in the air.

One of the very friendly staff approached me and asked if I required assistance. Perhaps by  twirling and skipping through the store I had brought some unnecessary attention upon myself. I told her that I wanted to try their most unusual chocolate. I wanted something other than a block to challenge my palate. It was at that moment that I was introduced to Haigh’s Berry Chocs. I was told they were strawberry and raspberry flavoured centres dipped in white chocolate then dipped in milk ( for the strawberry) and dark chocolate ( for the raspberry). Yep, thank you very much, SOLD!

On the way to the counter I also picked up a dark chocolate block with candied orange pieces throughout. It instantly reminded me of Valhrona’s Manjari Orange which I bought in France and fell in love with. Even though we had to purchase an extra bag to travel home with ( most of which was full of various French and English chocolates) I wish I had bought more of the Manjari Orange. I am hoping that the Haigh’s dark orange block can fill the void. I have yet to try it but will keep you updated, I don’t expect it to be long :)

The Berry Chocs were delightful! I was very impressed and so to was Pete and Girlfriday. 

First impressions were good, both the milk and dark chocs have a nice smooth shiny coating of chocolate on the outside. We bit into the first few to discover their makeup, this is what we found:

Milk Berry Choc with Strawberry
Milk Berry Choc with Strawberry
Dark Berry Choc with Raspberry

Next, we savoured the milk and strawberry combo. The milk chocolate layer was smooth and velvety and has just the right amount of sweetness to it without being sickly. The next layer is white chocolate and it is super creamy and smooth with hints of vanilla. It doesn’t last long before the strawberry flavour starts to come through and we are left with a small piece of strawberry type jube which is slightly chewy.Very nice indeed.

The dark chocolate and raspberry combo is divine. For those of you who like dark chocolate, you will be impressed. The dark chocolate layer is smooth and has strong (but lovely) honey flavours coming through. It is not bitter and all and there is definitely no astringency. The white layer is the same as in the milk chocolate combo but it brings a nice sweetness to the dark chocolate. The raspberry jube is also nice and I’m positive there are small raspberry seeds in it. A quick scan of the ingredients reveals that the chocs contain 9% fruit so I could be right.

Girlfriday tells me that Godiva make a similar product that she has previously purchased from Macy's in the United States. She has tried to source them here to no avail. Apparently they are only available through Macy's. She tells us that they differ slightly in that the ‘jube’ is actually 100% fruit and it is slightly sour , producing a great juxtaposition between the sweetness of the chocolate and the tart berry. Unfortunately I will have to wait til one of us travels again to try these. In the meantime, Haigh’s berry chocs are my choice! We all highly recommend them!
Haigh's Berry Chocs
Tell me, what is one of your favourite chocolates?


ourfoodtales said...

I've tried this chocolate and find that I prefer the dark chocolate ones :)

I think last year they did came out with a new flavour (dates?) and it's quite lovely..

chocolatesuze said...

ooh you have got to try the white chocolate block with strawberries pieces zomg it is to die for! i dont normally like white chocolate but the block is crazy awesome!

Not Quite Nigella said...

Ooh this, along with the frogs are my favorite Haighs product! Although I think that I should probably try more (for research purposes) ;)

Anonymous said...

Was in Lyon,France last year and heard about a chocolate produced by "Richart" named Godiva,having a love of this food had to try some. Exquisite,sumptuous,magnificent,best I,ve ever tasted,but quite expensive.

Hannah said...

Ooooh! Chocolate chocolate chocolate! You know this post makes me happy ;) Sadly, though, I've had almost no Haigh's in my life. I'd say "none" but my officemate brought me their honeycomb milk chocolate last year, which was lovely. I need to get my Melbourne-living brother to bring me these...

Linda V @ Bubble and Sweet said...

Oh yum these look delicious. I used to love the violet chocolate from Haighs, haven't had them for quite a while.

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