Tennis + chocolate = perfect January combination

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It is hard to think of a scenario that says ‘January in Melbourne’ more than the sound of a tennis ball hitting a racquet on an (almost uncomfortably) warm day at the beginning of the new year. This city, this weather and this month all go hand in hand with the Australian Open (like orange and chocolate, for example). tennis

It is a match made in heaven, pun intended.

Our chocolate and retail range is truly Melbourne – local ingredients sourced from Melbourne wherever that is possible, and every single thing you find in our lounges handmade in our on-site kitchens.

It is only natural then that we like to pay chocolate homage to the events happening around us in this our beautiful city, like chocolate footballs for the Grand Final – and chocolate tennis balls for the Australian Open!

For a very limited time in both our chocolate lounges you can find milk and white chocolate tennis balls, or for something very fun, a special gift box with chocolate tennis balls and a tennis racquet. All edible of course!

These would be perfect if you are having people over to watch the tennis, simply for a  snack, to take with you to a match, or as a gift for a tennis-crazy person in your life!

Get them while they last – and savour this beautiful time of year.

 

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Santa Claus is coming to Ganache

Gift Santas coming together in the kitchen
Gift Santas coming together in the kitchen

 Christmas simply would not be Christmas without our favourite gift-giving character. At Ganache, we have created a large selection of gorgeous chocolate Santas to take pride of place in your home this festive season. Each one is crafted with our couverture chocolate in a variety of kinds and sizes.

Traditional Santa starting at $29

Our hollow traditional Santa is the perfect chocolate gift for children and adults alike and is crafted using a selection of pure, rich milk and white couverture by our talented team of chocolatiers here in Melbourne.

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Traditional Santa

 

 

Belgian Santa $29

Our beautiful Belgian chocolate Santa is one of a selection of cute chocolate Santa mould to choose from this Christmas. Complete with his bag bursting full of gifts and cheeky grin, this hollow chocolate Santa has been lovingly crafted from pure milk, dark and white Belgian couverture.

Gift-Giving Santa $39

This mischievous Santa is one of our most popular Christmas moulds and is the perfect Christmas gift, made from smooth chocolate couverture and handcrafted by our talented Melbourne chocolatiers.

 

Gift Santa
Gift Santa

Motorcycle Santa $22

This chocolate Santa on a motorcycle is a perfect gift for all riders, made with milk chocolate and decorated with white and dark chocolate. Stands approx. 12cm high.

Praline-filled Santa Boot $29

A hollow chocolate boot handcrafted out of milk chocolate, filled with an assortment of our pralines (six). The traditional European style of the boot being from Denmark might have you dreaming of a white winter Christmas. Approx.12cm high.

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Praline-filled Santa Boot

 

Come in and browse the full range, or browse and order online: http://www.ganache.com.au/christmas-chocolates/

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Christmas! Everything you need to know

We’re coming up to (already in?) one of the busiest periods of every year. We know you are making endless lists and plans to get organised for the Christmas season or will be soon, so we will make this as easy as possible: here are all the key dates you need from us – when we are open over the Christmas and New Year period as well as deadlines for orders from our online store.

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When are you open over Christmas?
So glad you asked! Here are our opening hours over Christmas and New Year:

Christmas Eve          10:00am-6:00pm
Christmas Day          CLOSED
Boxing Day                11:00am-6:00pm
27th-30th December    hours as normal
New Years’ Eve         10:00am-6:00pm
New Years’ Day         12:00pm-6:00pm

 What are the cut-off dates for Christmas delivery?

We strongly recommend getting your online orders in no later than:

18th December                  for delivery in Victoria
11th December                  for interstate delivery

We can’t guarantee delivery in time for Christmas if orders are placed to be posted after these dates.

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 Is there any way I can order after these dates?

Yes! Our online store has a ‘Click & Collect’ option, which means you can order and pay online and then collect your order in one of our lounges. Select this option at checkout, and let us know in the comments when and where you would like to collect.

How can I track my posted order?

We keep hold of a tracking number for every parcel we post. When your order is dispatched you will receive an email offering the tracking number; please respond to this email and let us know if you would like the number to track the item yourself.

For general information about delivery cost, delivery areas and estimated delivery times see our website: http://www.ganache.com.au/shipping-and-delivery.html

What about cake orders?

Cake orders are business as usual. Cakes can be ordered up to and including the 22nd December, for final pick up available before 6:00pm on Christmas Eve. Order in our online store www.ganache.com.au, visit us in person or ring us on 9804 7485 to order.

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Have any other questions? Give us a call or check out our website. And have you come in to see our Christmas range yet? Follow us on Facebook for daily photos, updates and info about our creations.

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Christmas hamper range

These are great if you want to give an end-of-year reward or thank you to your work team, or just looking to thank your colleagues, customers, or stakeholders.

The hamper products come pre-selected and beautifully packaged together, saving you the time and the trouble of making your own choices. Unless of course you would like to, as we’re more than happy to fill custom orders.

Have a look below at the hampers we offer, what’s inside, and the cost.
*please note the products that are packaged in bags in images now come packaged in clear PVC tubes.

Star Hamper

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Snowman Hamper

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 Santa Hamper

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Custom Hamper

Make up your own Hamper with a range of our fantastic seasonal and everyday chocolate products.

We’ve got something to meet your every need, no matter what it is. Call us on 9804 8216 or email sales@ganache.com.au to discuss options and pricing

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Horse pops and shoes and cocktails, oh my!

Melbourne truly goes wild for Cup Day and the whole spring racing season. The weather gets warmer, we get to dress up a little bit fancy, and we get a long weekend! If you’re off to the races or hosting your own event at home, we are here with some spring racing inspired ideas designed to make your day the easiest and most enjoyable it can be.

If you’re going to the races, we have put together a takeaway hamper inspired by our chocolate high tea which is perfectly portioned for two. It includes two drinks each, and a selection from our sweet and savoury range including patisserie, macarons, pralines, salt caramel popcorn, quiches, teacake, and our chocolate horse head pops.

It all comes packaged in a thermos bag to protect your treats from the heat.

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Skip the lines and the high costs at the races, instead pre-order and pick this up from one of our lounges on your way in the morning.

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If you’re staying home or having some people over, you can also buy our chocolate horse head pops from our lounges. These make great little on-theme party favours.

So do our praline filled or solid mini shoes.

You can also order our patisserie and other sweet treats on UberEats (every day over the long weekend except Tues 7/11 when our lounges will be closed).

 

We’re also sharing two recipes for two of our in-house cocktails, one fruity and one chocolate-y, so that you can whip up a couple of batches in no time!

For the fruit lovers …

Raspberry Bliss Cocktail

raspb cocktail 130ml Rubis (or other strawberry liqueur)
15ml Cointreau
30ml apple juice
1x scoop raspberry sorbet
3x ice cubes

Blend ingredients together and garnish martini glass with a slice of orange. Voila!

For the chocolate lovers …

Chocolate Cointreau Deluxe

15ml Baileys
30ml Cointreau
15ml Frangelico
30ml dark chocolate ganache (buy at most supermarkets)
1x scoop chocolate gelato

choc cocktailBlend together and garnish martini glass with chocolate syrup and chocolate shavings.

Both cocktails are best served chilled and preferably sitting in the sun with your favourite people.

Our lounges will be closed on the Melbourne Cup public holiday (Tues 7/11) but open the rest of the time. Enjoy the long weekend whatever you are doing!

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Chocolate classes: everything you need to know

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. So here is everything you need to know on how to get involved with our classes, including final dates for this year, dates for next year, private classes, and gift vouchers.

The last classes for 2017 were supposed to be held in October, but due to demand we have added some further dates into November. So if you missed out on attending a class this year, now you haven’t!

Master Chocolatier Arno Backes with A LOT of honeycomb

Master Chocolatier Arno Backes with A LOT of honeycomb

Your next opportunity is this Saturday 21/10, where you can attend our Nougat and Honeycomb class. This is mostly a demonstration class, giving some insights into how honeycomb and nougat are made. Master Chocolatier Arno Backes will take you through this, and demonstrate various tempering techniques. At the end you will have some seriously delicious honeycomb and chocolate sticks. Arno will be working with honeycomb that comes from the beehive on the roof of the South Yarra chocolate lounge. You can see more and book here.

bar teaser fbOn Saturday 25th November you can come along to a Unique Chocolate Bars class, learn how to make your own chocolate bar and decorate it to your heart’s content. The best part is you get to take home your unique creations! Book here.

Piped chocolate truffles
Piped chocolate truffles

 

On Sunday 26th November is the Truffle Making Experience, one of our most popular classes. It is (we think) almost impossible not to love truffles – they are classic and melt-in-your-mouth. This is a fun-filled, hands-on class, in which you will learn how to make a variety of these signature chocolates. This includes related techniques such as piping, rolling, dipping, and tempering. Book here.

These chocolate making classes are also a fantastic idea if you are looking for a group activity, whether it is a corporate work team you want to reward or another more personal events such as a hens party. If you’re interested in a private class, we will be taking limited bookings in November and very early December.
Email us at enquiries@ganache.com.au to discuss dates and availability.

Finally, we have nailed down our dates for the first half of 2018. Here is a little sneak peak:

Salted Caramel 3 ways – 4th March, 20th May ($95)
Nougat and Honeycomb Chocolate Workshop – 19th May ($75)
Truffle Making Experience – 4th Feb, 17th March, 2nd June ($85)
Create Unique Chocolate Bars – 3rd Feb, 6th May ($75)
The Perfect Macaron – 17th Feb, 18th March, 3rd June ($100)
Chocolate Dessert Creation – 18th Feb, 5th May, 23rd June ($85)
Taste of Chocolate - 3rd March, 24th June ($65)

All classes start at 1pm, last approx. 2 hrs and are personally hosted by our Master Chocolatier at our South Yarra chocolate lounge.

You can find more information about each of these classes and book at our bookings site.

Don’t forget that we can raise gift vouchers for any of these classes, which are valid for a year from date of purchase. This is a fantastic Christmas gift idea. You can purchase these through We Teach Me, or through our website. If there is a gift voucher you would like to purchase but can’t find, just contact us!

Hope to see you in one of our classes soon!

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New summer drinks!

We have been waiting for at least a month for the weather to warm up (we’re optimists) and it finally is! To welcome in this true spring and almost summer weather, we’ve launched a couple of new cool drinks.

They’re fun twists on an affogato – one for the chocolate lovers, and one more fruity.

Ganache Magic Splice
Ganache Magic Splice

Ganache Magic Splice

A cool glass decorated with a web of melted hazelnut, a scoop of coffee gelato, and a jug of warm salted caramel chocolate to pour over at your leisure. Garnished with crushed coffee beans and chocolate shavings

Raspberry Vanilla Splice

Raspberry Vanilla Splice

Raspberry Vanilla Splice

A cool glass with a scoop of vanilla gelato garnished with dried strawberries & cream tea, with a side jug of raspberry syrup consisting of blended raspberry sorbet, raspberry puree & full cream milk.

Available in both the South Yarra and Collins St lounges now!

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Chocolate High Tea: Spring edition

Since we first wrote a blog introducing our new chocolate High Tea in February this year, it has become so popular that we expanded it into both of our chocolate lounges. We truly love seeing people relaxing and taking their time over a generous sampling of our sweet and savoury range, and hearing what people are enjoying the most.

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You can see what we said about our High Teas at that time here, and read some reviews here.

In anticipation of warmer weather and to keep things fresh and up to date, we’ve now revamped the menu with a Spring edition. The delicious spread still features a broad selection of sweet cakes, patisserie items and chocolate treats, with just a few changes.

Chocolate High Tea - Spring update

Chocolate High Tea – Spring update

Chocolate High Tea Menu – Spring Edition

  • Pulled Pork and Cheese Toastie: Gouda cheese, cheddar cheese, pulled pork meat and Béchamel Sauce on sour dough bread from Tivoli Rd Bakery.
  • Ham & Spinach Quiche, with broccoli and Parmesan cheese
  • Vegetarian option: 3 Cheese Melt Toastie: Gouda cheese, brie, shredded parmesan cheese and red onion on sour dough bread from Tivoli Rd Bakery.
  • Vegetarian option: Mushroom Quiche, with goats cheese, leeks, mushrooms and peas
  • Hazelnut Fan Slice
  • Passionfruit & Mango Mousse Slice
  • Selection of macarons
  • Parisian Teacake made using honey from our rooftop
  • Selection of individual praline chocolates
  • Salted Caramel Popcorn
  • Drinks: Tea, coffee or hot chocolate
  • Option: Add in a Chocolate Cocktail: Raspberry Bliss, Le Blanc Café, Chocolate Cointreau Deluxe, Ganache’s Espresso Martini and The Urban Cocktail (available at South Yarra only)
Master Chocolatier Arno Backes with the Chocolate High Tea

Master Chocolatier Arno Backes with the Chocolate High Tea

When:           Everyday
Where:          Ganache Chocolate
(South Yarra: 250 Toorak Road / Collins St: 245 Collins St)
Cost:              $39pp or $49 with a cocktail (cocktail only available at South Yarra)
Dietary:        Gluten free and vegetarian options are available
To book:       Bookings are advised. Call 9804 7485
Note: with regard to numbers, a minimum of two guests and a maximum of 10 guests can be accommodated in one sitting. For groups any bigger than this, please contact us to enquire.

Book online at the Ganache online store, or call one of our lounges and book directly with our staff: 9804 7485 (South Yarra) / 9650 8388 (Collins St).

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The upside of not-quite-Spring

We were hoping that the beginning of spring in Melbourne would be the start of cooler drinks and sunnier days, but as we type this blog it is grey outside, and pouring rain! Winter has not quite gone and warmth has not quite arrived. Ah, Melbourne. Your weather cannot be relied upon, but fortunately the deliciousness of our Hot Chocolates can be!

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Hot Chocolate on Tap

Our range includes twelve varieties of delicious, liquid, chocolatey goodness, all made with real ganache and garnished with the signature Ganache ‘G’.

If you like your hot chocolate classic with a slight twist, go for our signature 60% dark ganache variety, or perhaps 60% dark with cinnamon, chilli, mint or hazelnut. For a slightly different taste, we have a salt caramel hot chocolate, or white / milk specialty varieties if dark chocolate is not quite your taste.

Shots of Hot Chocolate

Shots of Hot Chocolate

We also have a delicious hot chocolate which is 100% vegan-friendly, made with vegan ganache. There are two other new favourites for the more adventurous, including a white chocolate chai, espresso, and winter spice.

For the kids among us we have a perfectly sized baby hot chocolate, which you can also get in a platter alongside a ganache mouse and chocolate spoon - perfect for school holidays!

Liqueur Hot Chocolate

Liqueur Hot Chocolate

We also have not forgotten our favourite adults: next time you’re after a hot chocolate at South Yarra, ask our friendly staff to add a shot of your favourite liqueur that we have on our shelf and turn it into a luxurious experience. No excuse or reason required.

Come and visit one of our lounges for a chocolatey, cosy escape. Available year-round, no matter the weather. We are also often experimenting with new flavours, so stay tuned!

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4 great gift ideas for Father’s Day

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Somehow, suddenly, September is almost upon us which means Father’s Day is nearly here! We know that Dads are pretty special people, and so getting the perfect gift is important. To make it as easy as possible, we’ve rounded up four different chocolate-y ways to thank and celebrate your Dad this Father’s Day, no matter who he is or what he loves.

1. The classic gift: a chocolate box

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24pc Deluxe Box

We have one of the most extensive ranges of high quality, handcrafted pralines and truffles in Melbourne. Dads deserve to be spoiled sometimes too, so why not tailor a delicious chocolate deluxe box or treasure chest exactly to his taste? You can order online, or come in to one of our lounges and let our friendly staff assist you. Choose the size and your selection, and you’re done!

2. The hobby gift: chocolate figures and moulded chocolate

Does your Dad love footy, or soccer, or car racing (just for example)? Give him the chocolate-y version! We have a wide range of chocolate moulds and figures, including footy balls, soccer balls, and animals. Come in store to browse, or have a look at our range here. footy in box

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

We run chocolate classes throughout the year which are personally hosted by our Master Chocolatier, and they are open to anyone! Give your Dad the gift of creativity with a class to learn how to make the perfect macaron, a creamy truffle, or his 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 something

Clockwise: 45g chocolate bars, Rocky Road Bites, Nougat, Delectable Delights

Clockwise: 45g chocolate bars, Rocky Road Bites, Nougat, Delectable Delights

Our range is full of other products both big and small which would make perfect gifts, including chocolate pops, our entire range of chocolate bars, and delectable and chocolate covered delights.

5. Bonus idea: cake!

Why not just bring your Dad into one of our lounges on the weekend, and shout him a slice of our delicious patisserie and a hot chocolate? You could even invite him to choose something from our shelves. You can’t go wrong.

Patisserie. (photo cred: © Stéphane Spatafora - www.stephanespatafora.com)

Patisserie. (photo cred: © Stéphane Spatafora – www.stephanespatafora.com)

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