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If you’ve visited our lounges recently, you might have seen that we’ve given our chocolate-covered and delectable delights range a slightly new and different home. It started with our popcorn range, and now they will all be living in our shiny tubes. We love this change!

Durable plastic makes your treats easy to simply toss in your bag and carry around, and you can keep a lid on them which is so useful. They also look great and very polished, making them perfect for gift giving.

Come into our lounges and browse for yourself, or as always, buy online: http://www.ganache.com.au/

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L-R: Dark chocolate covered licorice, Choc Orange, Mocha Almond

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Delectable delights range

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Dark chocolate coated ginger; Dipped Orange

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L-R: Chocolate covered ginger, Dipped Orange, Chocolate coated coffee beans

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L: Chocolate coated delights Mix; R: Chocolate Coated Macadamias

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NEW Chocolate classes and dates

Of all the great and creative things we do here at Ganache, one of our favourites is hosting our chocolate making classes which anyone can attend. We have now scheduled new dates for the second half of this year, and two NEW classes!

Whether you love a decorated chocolate bar, truffles that melt in your mouth, patisserie, or macarons, there will be something delicious for you to make.

Learn from our Master Chocolatier over 2 hours, and take home your creations. Have a lot of fun in the process.

All our classes are also available as a private group booking of 6+ people, for corporate team-building, hen’s parties, or just a fun afternoon out. If you are interested in this for your workplace or other event, send us an email at sales@ganache.com.au or 03 9804 7485.

Scroll down for a preview of the classes, and follow the links to our bookings site.

chocolate bars

Create your own unique Chocolate Bars
See more and book here

Learn how to make chocolate ganache, the techniques involved with making filled bar, how to temper chocolate, and how to create perfect combinations of toppings and infusions for your own bars.

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Create your own Chocolate Dessert – NEW
See more and book here

Learn how to make a multilayered dessert such as you find in our patisserie, and the variety of techniques that are involved.

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Learn how to make Nougat and Honeycomb
See more and book here

Learn the basic knowledge involved with making honeycomb and nougat, and how to temper chocolate.
Note: this is mostly a demonstration class

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Seriously Salted Caramel 3 ways – NEW
Learn more and book here

Learn how to make a salted caramel spread, a salted caramel ganache used in cakes, and a delicious salted caramel anglais to fill tart shells.

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Create the Perfect Macaron
See more and book here

Learn how to make the perfect macaron, and the most delicious ganache filling

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Truffle Making Experience
See more and book here

Learn how to make a variety of delicious truffles, using the techniques of piping, rolling and dipping.

 

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The verdict on our Chocolate High Tea

We have loved incorporating our Chocolate High Tea into our routine over the last few months, and we love how many of you have experienced it! Patisserie, pralines, macarons, and hot chocolates galore. Heaven.

high tea 08_03 (3)We were especially delighted to have made TimeOut’s list of the Best High Teas in Melbourne, one of only 11 other excellent establishments to do so! You can read the full story on the TimeOut website here.

Read another blog review here, courtesy of A Chronicle of Gastronomy.

If these don’t convince you, here are some of the
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Breanna Leopando | Rating: 4.5
First time having High Tea. Was not disappointed, staff was very welcoming with smiles. Our waiter had briefed us through the menu and was very attentive to exceed customer service. Lovely place very secluded and imitate. Great variety of cakes and warm items, would recommend high tea for first timers or a place to hang out with the girls

Leanne Dando | Rating: 4.5
LOVED IT! Absolutely amazing. Had the high tea here which was only 35 bucks including a drink and would come here again definitely. Didn’t eat until dinner. There were so much variety of food. From their sandwiches to sweet goodies! I would definitely go here again. Loved their cheese toasties and their pulled pork toasties probably my favourite. Their cakes were great too. Hot chocolate here is YUM YUM YUM. The best staff. And if you do the high tea they put you in a private room in the back which we loved! Highly recommended.

Caroline Beaney | Rating: 4
On Saturday a group of friends and I tried Ganache’s chocolate high tea. Unlike a lot of high teas I’ve tried, Ganache’s high tea had way more sweets than savoury food. Not only were there chocolate cakes and macaroons but they also had a separate plate filled up with chocolates. There were only two savoury dishes – a pulled pork and cheese sandwich and a quiche. I loved the high tea but it definitely needed more savoury food to balance out all the sweetness. The highlight of the high tea wasn’t the sweets but instead (surprisingly) the pulled pork and cheese sandwiches!! Yum! I loved how the chefs came out and explained each item in detail. It was a fun experience and I would definitely recommend it. The servings are huge! At $35 per person it is well valued.

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We serve our Chocolate High Tea every day of the week at South Yarra, for $35pp or $45pp with a chocolate cocktail. Call us on 9804 7485, or book online and let us know when you are coming in the comments section at checkout.

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We love honey, and the hive that bee-longs to us

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We love our beehive, and the honey it produces!

In our South Yarra chocolate and pastry kitchens, Arno and our team of chefs love to use local ingredients where possible. You can’t get much more local than our roof, where we have a hive of bees and where all the raw, unfiltered honey comes from that we use in our chocolates, delectable delights, and patisserie cakes.

Bees are really integral to our eco-system. Not only do they produce the honey we eat, but together they pollinate more than one third of the global food supply – including hundreds of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and species of native Australian plant life.

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Our raw, unfiltered urban honey being poured.

Bees can pollinate up to within 5km of their hive, and provide other plant life with endurance over time. Honey bees can produce up to 150kg of honey per hive; hard work for 50,000 tiny creatures!

Bees are also under threat, which makes our hive even more important. It has been almost four years since we set it up and started collecting its honey. In that time we have come up with new ideas for using this delicious resource, and improved some old ones.

Our Parisien teacakes, one of our café favourites, is made using a honey and almond sponge which gives it a lovely almost crunchy top when it comes out of the oven.

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Parisien teacakes with honey almond sponge.

You can find it adorning our chocolate bars, and in our milk chocolate honeycomb sticks, and dark chocolate sticks with honeycomb and raspberry.

Melbourne Honey praline

Melbourne Honey praline

It is also used in our popular individual pralines, which you can get in chocolate boxes here. The Honey Almond – which Arno developed for a supplier to the Royal Family in England – and our Melbourne Honey, with a soft creamy ganache.

If you like it pure and simple, you can’t go past straight honey from our rooftop. Use it in cooking, or spread on fresh bread!

Come in today and browse our range, or shop online.

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Deals and specials at Ganache

Here at Ganache we like to look after our customers with great specials to keep you smiling, and we regularly have new combo deals to satisfy your sweet or savoury cravings and which give you the best value for your money.

Starting next week (from 15 May) we will be starting a sweet croissant and coffee combo deal for only $5.50!
Be sure to visit ourcoffee croissant 5.50 Collins or South Yarra stores to redeem this while it lasts. Sweet croissants include: almond, pistachio, chocolate & pistachio, and Nutella.

You may have missed some of the deals we’ve offered in the past, but have a look at them, and keep an eye out for these or others to appear again!

Coffee and an individual praline for $5
3 for the price of 2 panned products
Coffee and a fresh, house-made teacake for $5
Coffee and a macaron for $5
Coffee and paleo ball for $5

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and keep an eye for our next special!

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Four delicious gift ideas this Mother’s Day

fb mothers day coverMother’s Day – it’s one of those holidays that seem to sneak up on us every May. And yet, it’s certainly not a gift that you’d want to leave to the last minute. We are reminding you of it super early so you can’t possibly make this mistake, and have rounded up four of the sweetest ways to tell your mother you love her this Mother’s Day season.

1. The classic gift: a chocolate box

Isn’t Mother’s Day all about spoiling your mum? Treat her to our custom deluxe boxes or treasure chests filled with your selection from our extensive range of high quality, handcrafted pralines. You can order online, or come in to one of our lounges and let our friendly staff assist you.

8pc Deluxe Chocolate Box. (photo: misshanue.com)

8pc Deluxe Chocolate Box. (photo: misshanue.com)

2. The decadent gift: chocolate high tea at Ganache

Bring your mum in for the ultimate treat: our luxurious chocolate high tea featuring a range of our best and most delicious sweet and savoury treats, paired with coffee, tea, hot chocolate, or for only an extra $10 a chocolate cocktail. You can see more about our high tea at our blog. Bookings are essential and seatings are limited so call us to inquire, but if you miss out just come into one of our lounges and treat mum to a hot chocolate! See our classic and specialty range here.

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3. The fun gift: a gift voucher for one of our chocolate classes

Master Chocolatier Arno Backes leading a chocolate class.

Master Chocolatier Arno Backes leading a chocolate class.

We run chocolate classes throughout the year which are hosted by our Master Chocolatier, and they are open to anyone! Give your mum the gift of learning how to make the perfect macaron, a creamy truffle, or her own unique chocolate bar. All classes are hands on and guests take home whatever they create. See more information about our classes here.

If you’d rather give the gift of choosing, we also have gift vouchers for our lounges, which can be purchased in store and used towards any of our products. We can also post these straight out to you if purchased online. See here.

4. The extra gift: a little special something

Our range is full of other products both big and small which would make perfect gifts, including praline-filled shoes, cups, and hearts, chocolate pops, decorated chocolate hearts, our entire range of chocolate bars, and delectable and chocolate covered delights.

Clockwise: praline-filled chocolate shoe; chocolate freckle hearts; praline-filled chocolate heart shell

Clockwise: praline-filled chocolate shoe; chocolate freckle hearts; praline-filled chocolate heart shell

Happy shopping!

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It’s an eggs-cellent Easter

School holidays have begun, we are making lists, and next weekend is the Easter weekend! Next. Weekend. There couldn’t be more activity in our chocolate kitchen as we continue to fill our shelves with delicious Easter products.

Every year some of our favourite and most popular products belong to our chocolate Easter egg range. These are the ultimate symbol of Easter celebrations, and we have them available in such an assortment of creative designs that something is bound to suit your needs no matter what they are.

Filled eggs

Great for those who love our handcrafted pralines, our filled eggs come complete with a delectable selection of our individual chocolates. Chocolate connoisseurs who wish to sample a range of our specialty flavours: these eggs are for you! With selections such as our popular Raspberry, Lime, Noir and Au Lait, everyone is sure to find a favourite.

Filled eggs

Chocolate eggs filled with pralines

These are available in a variety of sizes ranging from 4 pieces to 100 pieces, and are sure to charm colleagues, friends or family at an Easter event. Everyone can sample pralines of their choice, and then enjoy a piece of the delicious couverture shell. A gift that keeps on giving. For the entire range, see our website

Speciality eggs

Medium-sized eggs in a variety of styles. The dotty egg is a particular favourite, with cheerful coloured polka dots, or the spun eggs which feature a gorgeous pattern in milk, white and dark chocolate. Also available in marbled chocolate, colourful graffiti, and metallic gold.

L: Dotty Specialty egg, R: Spun Chocolate Egg

Specialty Eggs. L: Dotty Egg, R: Spun Egg

Our limited edition Giant Eggs are also available for purchase in our stores and are a spectacular gift. Also available in marbled, graffiti, spun, and dotty varieties. Perfect for an Easter party to share with guests, or give as a gift and be somebody’s chocolate hero!

Giant Spun Egg & Giant Dotty Egg

Giant Spun Egg & Giant Dotty Egg

Mini eggs

At the opposite end of the spectrum are our mini eggs, perfect if you prefer a smaller treat. These come in handy 3 or 5 piece gift boxes for you to give away, or put them to use in your Easter egg hunt.

Mini Easter Eggs

Mini Easter Eggs

Come in and browse our entire range with our friendly staff in one of our lounges, or browse online in the Easter section of our online store. Order by the end of this week for delivery (7th April), or choose Click & Collect at checkout and pick-up in store.

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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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