Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery
Scrumdiddlyumptious! It’s the only word to describe a visit to the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery, located at 35 Old Healesville Road Yarra Glen in Victoria.
Just a short one hour drive from Melbourne’s CBD the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery is a popular ‘foodie’ destination set amongst the picturesque countryside of the Yarra Valley, one of Australia’s premium wine producing regions. Entry is free and it’s open every day from 9am to 5pm (except Christmas Day). Ample parking is also available.
The Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery, developed by passionate foodies Ian and Leanne Neeland, is a relative new comer to the Yarra Valley region with its doors opening for business in 2012. Once opened, the Chocolaterie quickly gained popularity amongst locals and is now a well-known Yarra Valley tourist destination.
The Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery’s product range is created from fruits and nuts picked from their own orchard of cherries, apricots, plums, citrus, quinces and almonds, as well as other locally sourced provisions and the best quality Belgian couverture chocolate.
Yarra Valley Chocolaterie
Visitors to the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery can choose from a range of truffles, lavish chocolate bars (one of which is a meter long), nut clusters, exquisite chocolate coated creations inspired by the Yarra Valley surrounds, and bush tucker chocolates in packaging designed by local Indigenous residents, plus many more delectable chocolate and ice cream creations.
I highly recommend arriving at the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery with an empty stomach and stretchy pants so you’ve got plenty of room to take advantage of the free ‘help yourself’ chocolate tastings that greet you upon entry. My personal favourite is the dark chocolate. Delish!
To the left of the building is a live theatre of chocolatiers. Through the glass viewing windows you can watch the talented chocolatiers at work creating their hand-crafted chocolates and ice creams.
Yarra Valley Ice Creamery
The ice-cream serves are generous and the texture is smooth and creamy. As a lover of ice-cream I can never resist ordering a double scoop. On this occasion I ordered mango sorbet and vanilla bean. Yum! We didn’t have to wait too long for our ice-cream but I’ve been told by friends who live in the area, that on busy days the queue can sometimes stretch out the door.
The Café menu features ingredients from the kitchen garden or sourced from nearby farms. A feast for the eyes is the Café display cabinet, which is filled with macaroons and decadent desserts, fondue and pastries that are freshly made on site by the chocolatiers, some of whom are pastry chefs. All desserts are served with freshly whipped cream and a shot of white, milk or dark liquid chocolate. OMG! I had my eye on the lemon meringue tart but after loading up on chocolate and ice-cream, sadly I just couldn’t fit it in. Next time!
Be warned, on busy days and times the queue at the Café can also get quite long. After ordering our coffees we made our way to the outdoor dining area, which is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the fresh country air and Yarra Valley vista. It took about thirty minutes for our coffees to arrive, which wasn’t unexpected due to the large number of visitors at the time.
Whilst drinking our coffee out on the deck we enjoyed watching some children playing cricket on the lawn. After we finished our coffee, we took a walk around the garden and the wetlands conservation area to help burn off the calories consumed. The perfect way to end our visit to the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery.
For those interested, the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery also offer exclusive chocolatier classes, tastings sessions or workshops. For more information or to make a booking, visit their website or telephone 61 3 9730 2777.
A visit to the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery is the perfect foodie destination for chocolate lovers, and a delicious experience the whole family can enjoy.
While you are in the area, you might also be interested in visiting some other great places in the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges, such as:
- Alowyn Gardens
- Blue Lotus Water Garden
- Coldstream Brewery
- De Bortoli Estate
- Domaine Chandon
- Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary
- La La Falls and Ada Tree,
- Maroondah Reservoir Park
- Mount Buang
- Puffing Billy
Enjoy the sugar rush!