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Chocolate Down Under

This group is for ChocolateLife members living and working in Australasia (Australia, NZ, PNG, Vanuatu, Samoa, Fiji, etc).

Location: Australasia, Worldwide
Members: 123
Latest Activity: on Wednesday

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Discussion Forum

Australian Chocolate Update

Started by Tom. Last reply by Tom on Wednesday. 76 Replies

Companies that specialise in Australian made single origin chocolate:Cicada ChocolateBahen and Co Chocolate MakerZokokoDaintree EstatesCheck them out and add new ones if I have missed some, i know…Continue

Tags: estates, bahen, cicada, daintree, zokoko

Source for beans

Started by Liz. Last reply by Liz on Tuesday. 8 Replies

Hi All,I'm just starting out on this journey and I am trying to find a good source for beans.  I have done research but am finding the cost of shipping to Australia is quite high.I would ideally like…Continue

Tags: beans, cocoa

Santha Grinder Drum dented

Started by Liz Dec 11. 0 Replies

Just received my Santha today and the drum is all dented, not smooth and finished like I would expect.  Is this normal?  It looks like it was packed quite well, so I don't know why it is like this.Continue

Chocolate foil wrappers

Started by Liz. Last reply by Liz Nov 5. 9 Replies

Hi all,I have been on the net for hours and I can't find an Aussie company that sells colored foil candy wrappers, most that I find are all 3x3 size and I am looking for something bigger.  there are…Continue

Kickstarter and Papua New Guinea cocoa

Started by Liz Nov 5. 0 Replies

for those that are keen to support the PNG cocoa industry, here is a great kickstarter opportunity…Continue

Starting Out...advice on machines

Started by Peter. Last reply by Marco Dabizzi Oct 19. 6 Replies

So, I wish to make my own bean to bar chocolate for the primary reason that there is no 90% chocolate to be had in Australia (I currently buy it from the UK) and becuase I would just love to do it…Continue

For sale- Chocovision Revolation Delta, plus transformer to use it in Australia

Started by Philippa. Last reply by White Chocolate Lover Oct 6. 3 Replies

Hi allI have a chocovision revolation delta temperer for sale- has only been used a couple of times.Also comes with a step down transformer etc so it can be used in Australia.Pick up or delivery is…Continue

I'm looking for a small tempering machine in New Zealand. Anyone have one lying around?

Started by Logan Simpson. Last reply by Ilya Snowdon Sep 29. 3 Replies

Hello,I am looking to get into chocolate making and I am wanting to buy a tempering machine. However, they are very difficult to come by in New Zealand, and shipping from overseas is extortionate.I…Continue

Chocolate World 5 x CW1495 20mm half-sphere for sale

Started by Lisa Morley Aug 4. 0 Replies

Hi allI have 5 x CW1495 20mm half-sphere moulds for sale. Used twice for a custom order, no longer needed. They're in perfect condition. I paid $30 per mould from Richard Foot. Will sell all for…Continue


Started by Lisa Morley. Last reply by Lisa Morley May 15. 2 Replies

Hi allI'm selling a roller cutter, purchased recently and used twice. Please see link for the actual roller cuter I purchased from TCF Sales in the US. …Continue


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Comment by Jeff Stern on October 17, 2010 at 7:57pm
This is a great addition, thanks Clay. Though I'm not down under, I've had a lot of chocolate-related correspondence with those who are, so I've joined up and am here to help.
Comment by Clay Gordon on October 17, 2010 at 7:26pm
@Melanie - Maybe sculpting Ayres Rock out of chocolate .... ?
Comment by Tom on October 17, 2010 at 7:19pm
Nice one Clay. Australia is a pot almost ready to boil, there are lots of people just starting or tinkering around. This is a great idea, I agree with Lynn that by helping each other we will all get stronger, it is a big country and I don't think we will get around to stepping on each others toes for quite some time.
Comment by Melanie on October 17, 2010 at 7:12pm
What a great idea, thanks Clay!

If you think about it, Australasians have great taste, no wonder there are so many chocolate lovers here. And we are also an enterprising group of people, who like to share our interests with like minded people. Hence the large number of people on the chocolate life from downunder. What we lack in population numbers we make up in enthusiasm. :)

Having said all that, I am not a chocolateur. I just love eating chocolate, but have developed such taste for it that I can only eat the real thing. I am also experimenting with a new hobby - cake decorating, because it makes such a change from my usual brain type work (I am an academic).

However, my first ventures into making modelling chocolate have not worked well, I came out with a gooey mess that oozed all over the place. If I ever succeed I'll make a chocolate harbour bridge to use as the avatar!

cheers to all,
Comment by Lynn Green on October 17, 2010 at 6:37pm
Well done Clay! You are right, having a network in our part of the world is definitely going to be helpful! I am originally from Ohio, but have been here 22 years. 2 1/2 yrs ago I established Geraldton Hill Bute SA I own and manage a predominately wholesale home based business creating artisan toffees and other sweet creations in country SA on the York Peninsula. I spend hours sourcing all things to do with the business. To have a forum to obtain and share knowledge about where others source items is always helpful. Some are not willing to share info, but I believe that by sharing we make each other stronger and the industry stronger and better. So, thank you very much Clay!!
Comment by Amanda White on October 17, 2010 at 6:28pm
Hi Clay. Thanks for linking all us Aussies up. I have enjoyed following your blog. I am from Roberts Confectionery, and we are a chocolate making supplies wholesaler and retailer so look forward to hearing what people are up to. Would also love to assist any other Chocolate Down Under members in sourcing supplies etc. Thanks again. Amanda Our website is
Comment by Hanna Frederick on October 17, 2010 at 6:25pm
Hi Clay, what a great idea! I am a new Melbournian chocolatier (moved from NZ). I was looking for an active forum here in AU - I found it! Well done!
Comment by Natan Nadas on October 17, 2010 at 5:53pm
Hi Clay

Thanks for thinking about us Down Under!!!

We have a chocolate factory (Dullo in inner Sydney.

So happy we have a mention!!

Keep up the great work!!

Comment by Robert Frederick Rankin on October 17, 2010 at 5:48pm
Great idea Clay. As a beginner in making chocolate for local beans in Samoa I'm glad to be a part of a more closely connected community of chocolate makers in our area. I've learnt plenty from Chocolate Life already and thanks for that. Hope to learn a lot more. - Bob Rankin
Comment by Christine Doerr on October 17, 2010 at 5:31pm
Welcoming Australia and New Zealand The Chocolate Life!

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