Easter chocolate figures

We love our chocolate Bunnies more than anybody, but our speciality Easter range doesn’t end there. We have some other fantastic chocolate figures which are handcrafted from the finest couverture, and come straight from the chocolate kitchen above our South Yarra lounge to our shelves!

New Easter Sheep

New Easter Sheep

Our Easter Sheep has had a makeover (pictured left), with cute little pointy ears and a white chocolate fur coat. Almost too cute to eat (but also very delicious, so eating is recommended). Shop this little guy on our website here

We also have some cheeky Easter chickens (below), which are available in either milk or white chocolate and decorated with a combination of white, milk and 60% dark chocolate. These figures come in two sizes: small (approx. 16cm) and medium (approx. 20cm). Shop them here, and here.

Easter Chicken

Easter Chicken

 

 

Don’t forget we also have our year-round range of chocolate figures if you are looking for something a bit different, which includes chocolate mice, dinosaurs, dogs, cats, and there are even dragons and crocodiles on offer! These are fantastic to enjoy yourself, or give as gifts. See the range here.

If something from our range is not readily available in our lounges, order through our website and we can have our kitchen make it especially for you.

If you are going to order through our website and have your packages posted, the 10th April is the last day we can do so in order that they arrive in time for the Easter weekend. If ordering after this date, you can also choose to have your order available for pick-up in one of our lounges – simply select the Click & Collect shipping option at checkout.

Some of the Ganache range of chocolate figures

Some of the Ganache range of chocolate figures

Happy browsing, and if you need any help contact one of our lounges and speak to our friendly staff! Collins Street lounge: 03 9650 8388 | South Yarra: 03 9804 7485

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Everything Bunny at Ganache

The Easter weekend is now less than a month away, and school holidays will be upon us in no time at all! If you are already starting to think about the delicious chocolate-y gifts you might give to friends and family, we are here to make that easy.

The theme of this week’s is our wide range of Easter Bunnies, which are some of our favourite chocolate figures. Whatever you are looking for, we are sure you will find it here!

Our gorgeous Traditional bunnies are our most popular bunny and make the perfect Easter gift. Created with 60% dark or milk chocolate and hand decorated with white, milk and 60% dark chocolate. These are available in four sizes so will perfectly fit your needs no matter what they are.

Traditional Bunny

Our Laughing Bunnies are cheeky and fun, and are also available in milk and 60% dark chocolate. Its happy face makes it the perfect gift for the cheerful and upbeat person in your life!

Our Basket-Carrying Bunny is in a classic European style, and is made from milk chocolate and decorated with white and 60% dark chocolate. Also available in four sizes.

Laughing Bunny

 

 

 

 

 

For something with a little European flair, our Frau and Herr Austria Bunnies are a traditional gift. Perhaps the right present for your parents or grandparents, as this couple go together perfectly.

We also have some great themed Bunnies – for example, if there is a new Mum in your life we have a delightful Bunny Pushing a Pram which combines delicious milk, white and dark chocolate.

For the sport-loving kids (or adults!) in your life what about our Scooter Bunny, which is a fun and action-inspired choice, or perhaps our Tennis Bunny for that person who is always ready for a round on the court.

For someone who likes the classroom more than the playing field, our Schoolboy Bunny is dressed in a classic European style school uniform and made with milk chocolate then hand decorated with white and 60% dark chocolate.

L-R: Pram Bunny, Schoolboy Bunny, Scooter Bunny

Our Berlin Bunny is absolutely stunning (if we do say so ourselves) and is named after the antique metal mould used to make him, which was made in the city of Berlin. It comes metallic dusted and made from our delicious milk chocolate or 60% dark chocolate. Only a very few of these will be made so be sure to get in early.

Berlin Bunny (pictured right)

Berlin Bunny

As you may have seen in our last blog, we’ve also added a Floppy Bunny to our bunny family, which makes for a very cute gift indeed!

For just a small gift, our mini marbled or graffiti bunnies are perfect to grab and take with you to an event or add to your table setting.

Our chocolate figures are handmade using only use the finest European chocolate, so every creation is unique and superb in their detail.

Marbled Bunny

Marbled Bunny

 

 

To browse and purchase come in to one of our lounges and speak with our friendly staff, or visit the Easter section of our online store.

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Easter is landing at Ganache!

We cannot believe it either, but the Easter weekend is going to be upon us in only one month! We love any time of year where chocolate takes a special place in our celebrations, and Easter is certainly that kind of holiday.

Over the next few weeks we are going to be blogging our wide Easter range which you may already know very well – filled eggs, specialty eggs, bunnies, Easter chickens, we could go on – but we are also excited to announce some brand new additions to our chocolate family!

New to our extensive Bunny range is our Floppy Bunny, with big, floppy ears and a cheeky smile this is almost too cute to eat!

New Floppy Bunny

New Floppy Bunny. Also pictured: Easter eggs

We also have a new-look Easter sheep with cute little ears and a white chocolate coat. Perfect for the child in your life (or adult – we assume nothing!).

New Easter Sheep

New Easter Sheep

We really loved our chocolate graffiti bars, and now some of our bunnies have had the graffiti makeover! Its miniature size makes this little guy a perfect small gift or addition to a table setting.

Mini Graffiti Bunny

Already on the shelves: Mini Graffiti Bunny

Also – our delicious Freckled Eggs now come in a tube, which makes them perfect for sharing, or grabbing on the go and taking with you to a gathering. Offer them around and they’ll be gone in no time – that is if you are willing to share.

All our chocolate figures are handcrafted using the highest quality milk, dark and white couverture.

Come in to one of our lounges yourself and browse as our Easter range hits the shelves straight from our chocolate kitchen, alongside our year-round range of chocolate bars, chocolate covered delights, chocolate figures and individual pralines.

Our Easter products are also available for purchase in our online store.

Happy shopping!

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Ganache Chocolate Club’s sweet reward

If you feel like it’s really about time someone rewarded you for your love of chocolate, we are here to make your day with an exclusive offer for all our Ganache Chocolate Club members…

Visit us with your Chocolate Club card and enjoy 10% off ALL retail products in-store!

new display shelvesThat means that all our members can treat themselves to our entire retail range at a discount, at both our South Yarra and Collins Street lounges.

No matter your taste or favourites, we are bound to have something perfect for you in our wide range, which has been specially and lovingly hand-crafted by our master Chocolatiers.

While you’re here, be sure to check out our NEW 45g Chocolate Bar and Chocolate Popcorn varieties.

Don’t forget to bring your club card to redeem this offer. If you haven’t yet joined, you can do so at this link and we’ll post your card out to you, or sign up on the spot with our friendly staff in one of our lounges.

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Visit us in store or online today to view the full range, and take advantage of this sweet offer!
This discount cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers.

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Tips: get the most benefit from your chocolate

As much as we all seriously love chocolate (which we do), we perhaps also sometimes spend time feeling bad about enjoying it and wondering how good it is for us. We are here to bust any myth you may have in your head that chocolate has no health benefits, and give you some other tips to help you get the most out of your favourite treat.

1. Go dark
Dark chocolate is high in antioxidants, has minerals like magnesium and iron, and has been linked to multiple health benefits including lowered risk of heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure! We love our dark and very dark chocolate because the higher the percentage of cacao, the more nutrients and antioxidants are retained, and the better it is for you. Our dark chocolate bar range here at Ganache begins at 60% and includes 75%, 85% and 99% (!) No matter your preference you are bound to find something to satisfy your cravings in the purest and best way possible.

Choc Bars close up2. Try chocolate for your next energy boost
If you think chocolate is only a late-in-the-evening snack, think again! A small amount of high quality, 75% dark chocolate has around 22mg of caffeine. That is only about a quarter of the caffeine in a cup of coffee, but if all you need is a little boost it could be the perfect choice. Pair a few squares of quality chocolate with a piece of fruit or a handful of nuts (or choose a bar already with nuts, like our hazelnut variety) for a well-rounded snack to get you through the afternoon.

Dark chocolate bar

Dark chocolate bar

 

3. Think outside the box
Your next chocolate hit doesn’t necessarily need to come in the form of a chocolate bar (though that is often what we choose…) For example, a frappe or milkshake made with chocolate ganache and gelato is a different and refreshing way to get that sweet hit, or a paleo ball with coconut and cacao will have the same effect minus the calories and processing. Include cocoa powder or nibs in recipes, melt quality chocolate and add to protein smoothies or balls, or make a decadent chocolate sauce – the possibilities are endless!

Refreshing: White chocolate frappe and Iced Chocolate

Refreshing: White chocolate frappe and Iced Chocolate

4. Don’t let dietary needs be a barrier
It can be tricky and sometimes disappointing when our dietary needs or dietary lifestyle choices mean that we are limited or restricted in what we can enjoy for a treat, but this doesn’t need to be the case! If you know where to look you will find some delicious which can cater to your needs.

See some examples from our range:

Raspberry Mousse

Dairy, gluten and gelatin free: Raspberry Mousse

Gluten free patisserie (clockwise): Passion Mango Mousse, Raspberry Mousse, Triple Mousse

Gluten free: Passion Mango, Raspberry Mousse, Triple Mousse

Nut free: Brownie Mousse, Lemon Tart

Nut free: Brownie Mousse, Lemon Tart

Vegan: Vegan chocolate frappe, vegan chocolate cake, vegan hot chocolate

Paleo: Paleo Balls (hazelnut & apricot, cacao & coconut, goji berry)

Here at Ganache there is something for you to enjoy no matter your taste, dietary needs or lifestyle. We also have platters, pralines, chocolate covered delights and chocolate bars with no added sugar which are appropriate for various dietary requirements.

Visit one of our European Chocolate lounges and speak to our friendly staff, or visit our website to see our full range and have your favourite products delivered to your door: ganache.com.au

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Chocolate and craft beer at Northland

You may have seen a little mention in the Urban List last week about Northland’s Cultural Food Academy, presenting quarterly cooking masterclasses which showcase some of Melbourne’s favourite venues and food trends.

OLIVIA_THYME _ Northland Shopping Centre 11.02.16 _123Last weekend it was chocolate and craft beer, with our own chocolatier Arno Backes teaming up with Murray Robinson from Melbourne’s 3 Ravens Brewery for the ultimate cooking and education workshop!

Ganache Chocolate Master Chocolatier, Arno Backes

Ganache Chocolate Master Chocolatier, Arno Backes

Participants were able to cook and taste under Arno and Murray’s expert guidance, learned to make a truffle ganache and made their way through a paired chocolate and beer flight.

Beer and chocolate in the one place, at the same time? Glorious.

Arno Backes and Murray Robinson

Arno Backes and Murray Robinson

The icing on the cake: all proceeds raised on the day are to be donated to SecondBite, which provides fresh, nutritious meals to people in need within the community.

Scroll down for some more photos of the day!
(All photo credit: Olivia&Thyme Photography, www.oliviaandthyme.com)

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Experience a luxurious Chocolate High Tea at Ganache

The opportunity is here to indulge yourself in a decadent afternoon in a casual environment and delectable delights at Ganache Chocolate’s South Yarra chocolate lounge! The delightful spread on offer features a range of delicious savoury snacks in addition to a broad selection of sweet cakes, patisserie items and chocolate treats.

Begin your culinary experience with our popular toasted sourdough sandwiches with a variety of tempting fillings including a three cheese melt and pulled pork with Swiss cheese, and our delicious quiches to compliment. You will also be treated with our favourite patisserie from our extensive range of decadent French inspired classics to accompany macarons, milk chocolate covered honeycomb sticks and a hot or cold beverage.

A selection of our famous individual chocolates will also be served from our extensive menu of pralines including champagne truffles, caramel ganache chocolate domes, chai infused milk chocolates and Figaro hazelnut pralines filled with slivered roasted almonds, pistachios, and Amarena cherries.

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Each individual praline, in addition to all of our patisserie items, are crafted in our Chocolate Kitchen in South Yarra by out talented team of chocolatiers, led by Master Chocolatier, Arno Backes. Growing up in Germany, Arno was fascinated by the artisan approach to cooking and at the age of 15 enrolled in a pastry chef apprenticeship at the Brueckencafe in St. Wendel. After several years, Arno moved to London to accept a role at Marasus Petit Fours, where he refined the art of preparing handcrafted chocolates for famous establishments, including Harrods, The Ritz, The Dorchester, Glen Eagles and on occasion, the British Royal Family.

When:           Everyday from  25th February
Where:          Ganache Chocolate, 250 Toorak Road, South Yarra 3141
Cost:              $35pp or $45 with a cocktail
Dietary:         Gluten free options are available
To book:       Bookings are advised. Call 9804 7485
Numbers:    a minimum of two guests and a maximum of 10 guests can be accommodated in one sitting.


Chocolate High Tea Menu

  • Pulled Pork and Cheese Toastie: Gouda cheese, cheddar cheese, pulled pork meat and Béchamel Sauce on sour dough bread from Tivoli Rd Bakery.
  • Vegetarian option: 3 Cheese Melt Toastie: Gouda cheese, brie, shredded parmesan cheese and red onion on sour dough bread from Tivoli Rd Bakery.
  • Ham & Spinach Quiche, with broccoli and Parmesan cheese
  • Vegetarian option: Mushroom Quiche, with goats cheese, leeks, mushrooms and peas
  • Hazelnut Fan Slice
  • Brownie Mousse Slice
  • Selection of macarons
  • Parisian Teacake made using honey from our rooftop.
  •  Honeycomb Sticks
  • Selection of individual praline chocolates
  • Honeycomb sticks
  • Drinks: Tea, coffee or hot chocolate​
  • Option: Select a Cocktail from: Raspberry Bliss, Le Blanc Café, Chocolate Cointreau Deluxe, Ganache’s Espresso Martini and The Urban Cocktail.
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3 reasons to give chocolate for Valentine’s Day

If you are spending hours online trying to find the best Valentines gift for your loved one, here are three reasons why we think it should be chocolate. Maybe we are biased in our love for chocolate, but the following is backed up by science and who are we to argue with science?

In our Valentine's Day range: White chocolate strawberry heart

In our Valentine’s Day range: White chocolate strawberry heart

1. History and tradition

As far back as the Aztecs couples would drink a cup of cocoa and exchange cocoa beans during their marriage ceremony! This was only the beginning. By the Victorian era chocolate was rising as a popular food, the tradition of Valentine’s Day was sweeping across Europe, and when a well known company created the first ever heart shaped chocolate boxes – well, the connection was obvious!

In our Valentine's Day range: heart-shaped deluxe box filled with our delectable individual pralines

In our Valentine’s Day range: heart-shaped deluxe box filled with our delectable individual pralines

2. Because the science says so

One of the reasons chocolate has always been linked with love and Valentine’s Day is because its ingredients can trigger a feel good chemical in the brain. Along with a delicious taste this can put people in the mood for some romance, and isn’t that exactly what we want on Valentine’s Day?

In our Valentine's Day range: delicious and adorable chocolate freckle hearts

In our Valentine’s Day range: delicious and adorable chocolate freckle hearts

3. Above all: an expression of love!

Chocolate is all about luxury and indulgence and this why even today people still consider it to be the best gift for Valentine’s Day, given out of the desire to pamper and make people happy.

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Our Valentine’s Day range is full of heart-shaped and love-inspired chocolate creations, including pralines, pops, deluxe boxes, and chocolate figures and moulds. So why not stick with tradition this year and gift your loved one some chocolate?

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Our new, tennis-themed creation

The Australian Open is here!

Every year we, along with thousands of you, enjoy watching the tennis greats battle it out in the fierce Australian heat, and this year we are so excited that we have made you a sweet tennis-themed treat for you to enjoy court-side!

milk milk tennis ball

Milk chocolate tennis ball

Our delicious chocolate tennis balls are the perfect treat to indulge in this tennis season and can been teamed with our delectable chocolate tennis racquets too.
Game, set, match!

Milk and yellow tennis balls with tennis racquet

Milk and yellow tennis balls with tennis racquet

Visit us at either of our chocolate lounges to try our new Tennis Chocolates this sporting season!

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Specialty summer drink menu!

We’re now a month into summer, the temperatures are rising and we have been experimenting with some delicious new drinks to cool you down. We are pretty happy with what we’ve created: icy cold, chocolate-inspired and extremely refreshing! Read on (though we advise not to do so while thirsty)…

White Chocolate Milkshake $7.20
A deliciously thick white chocolate blended shake served with rich vanilla syrup and topped with a generous sprinkle of pure chocolate flakes makes the perfect indulgent treat to spoil yourself with this summer.

White Chocolate milkshake

White Chocolate milkshake

White Chocolate Frappé $7.20
Cool down with our luxuriously icy white chocolate frappe special featuring rich vanilla gelato, our delicious white chocolate, milk and ice all blended together to create the perfect refreshing drink.

White Chocolate frappe

White Chocolate frappe

Vegan Chocolate Frappé $7.20 
A delightfully refreshing and delicious combination of our Vegan Chocolate Ganache, chocolate sorbet and your choice of Soy or Almond milk is a fantastic cooling drink to enjoy in the warm summer sun.

Vegan-friendly Chocolate frappe

Vegan-friendly Chocolate frappe

Iced Chai Latte $5.50
Enjoy our refreshing summer drink made with luxurious chai, rich vanilla syrup and just a dash of delightfully sweet honey all combined with milk and ice to create a smooth and refreshing beverage.

Iced chai latte

Iced chai latte

All available in both our air-conditioned chocolate lounges now!

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