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St. Louis House of Fine Ice Cream & Dessert

St Louis strawberry fondue

St Louis strawberry fondue

This was a very exciting dessert. We were lucky enough to be seated inside after first sitting outside, when a little table was vacated. Then, when ordering we were told there were no bananas left for the strawberry and banana fondue – so sadly, we had to get only strawberries as well as lolly raspberries. I wasn’t sad at all! Strawberries are clearly the more superior fruit! These strawberries were lovely and tart and complemented the high quality chocolate perfectly.

St Louis house of fine icecream and chocolate fondue and hot chocolate

St Louis house of fine icecream and chocolate fondue and hot chocolate

This hot chocolate was a point of contention. While one person had a perfect hot chocolate, two of us had a distinct taste of cinnamon. It wasn’t pleasant – if I wanted cinnamon I would have bought a spiced hot chocolate! However, was one was perfect I will assume that it the one that is normally served.

St Louis was a great place to indulge in chocolate goodies! Highly recommended (especially when they run out of bananas…)

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Steven Ter Horst

They’ve moved to a trendy shopfront down the East End, and they’re serving delicious chocolates, desserts and drinks. Getting a chocolatey dessert and sweet milky drink was too much for me – their iced teas are also recommended. The food is good quality but I’m not sure if I was overly impressed with my drink.

Salted chocolate caramel tart & honeycomb vanilla milkshake

Salted chocolate caramel tart & honeycomb vanilla milkshake

The tart was rich and decadent – the drink was sweet and very liquid. It didn’t have enough honeycomb chunks and I would have liked a thicker consistency.

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Bracegirdle’s, Greenhill Road

My favourite drink at Bracegirdle’s is their chocolate frappe. It is amazing. I take a sip, let the ice melt on my tongue and taste the chocolate. It’s so cool, refreshing and decadent. The chocolate flavour is fantastic and it’s the best frappe I’ve ever had, anywhere, hands down. It makes me wonder if there is anywhere out that makes a proper frappe. Other than Bracegirdle’s.

Milk chocolate frappe

Milk chocolate frappe

So delicious. Perfect for 40 degree days!


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San Churros, Glebe NSW

Franchises are a hit and miss for me. You know what to expect. You assume the quality will be the same everywhere.

A friend of mine used to manage at KFC. I would complain the chips were always undercooked. He would always defend them and say they’re cooked exactly how they are supposed to be (it’s all a matter of timing!) But for me, the chips were not cooked for long enough and obviously the required time isn’t long enough!

I remember visiting San Churros years ago when it was in Melbourne CBD. Their hot chocolate was thick and the churros were new and exciting.

San Churros - Spanish hot chocolate, iced chocolate and churros

San Churros – Spanish hot chocolate, iced chocolate and churros

I visited the Glebe store while at the 2013 Glebe Street Fair. The weather was dismal and hot chocolate seemed like a great idea, especially as it started bucketing down with rain just as we were walking past, without umbrellas!

It wasn’t the same quality I remember, though. The hot chocolate just didn’t seem thick enough. The churros were a little pale. The iced chocolate, though, was spot on. It wasn’t busy and so wasn’t too loud. It was okay.


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Princess Coco

Princess Coco

Princess Coco

Princess Coco is lovely. The shabby chic decor, plush purple velvet chairs in cosy booths and fabulous desserts are perfect for a date night or drinks with friends.

I highly recommend both the iced chocolate au lait (milk!) and the iced early grey chocolate (the bergamot ends up making it taste almost orange-chocolate). My dark hot chocolate was probably the most boring/pedestrian drink of all three! Massive food envy time!

Apparently the desserts are really good as well. It gives me an excuse to return, soon.

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Haigh’s Chocolates

When I graduated from University, my grandma gave me a box of Haigh’s Chocolates.

Haigh’s is a South Australian icon. With their Beehive Corner store on Rundle Mall and the visitor centre on Greenhill Road, Parkside, as well as locations in the Adelaide Arcade and the Adelaide Central Markets, Adelaideans are spoilt for choice.

Luckily for me, Haigh’s has also opened stores interstate, with two locations in Sydney, NSW. It’s always heartwarming to see people walk past me in the city toting bags and boxes of Haigh’s goodies. When I walk past it’s hard not to buy a truffle or two.

I would like to recommend the raspberry truffle, a dark chocolate exterior, a white chocolate layer and a filling of slightly tart raspberry in the middle. Or the Peach Melba, a limited edition white chocolate truffle with pieces of peach and a delicate peach flavour. I love the tang of the lemon truffle, encased in white chocolate.
If you like creams, it’s hard to pass on the rose or violet creams, which have strong flower notes. The flavours are always impeccable.

Another drawcard is getting a chocolate tasting at the end! One of my friends said she once bought something and they didn’t offer her a tasting, so she stood there for a while until the staff member offered her one.

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Steven Ter Horst

Steven Ter Horst

Steven Ter Horst

When only the best will do, it’s worth looking into a dessert café which specialises in chocolate. Located on Unley Road, Malvern, is a small chocolatier specialising in making Belgian chocolates*. Steven Ter Horst also have a small stock of decadent cakes and goodies which are well worth a taste. Their prices are reasonable, however the serve usually only includes the cake, so no accompaniments. The cake pictured above was one of two desserts shared between two. Due to the richness of this dessert, it is best shared.

Steven Ter Horst

Steven Ter Horst

This was my choice, a slightly less exciting dessert. It had a crunchy base which I can only describe as chocolate crackle. The mousse part was extremely delicate, light and fluffy. It lacked a richness of flavour which distinguished it in any way. Sadly at the later hour, there were few desserts available to choose from.

I would like to return at a time when more desserts are available, as I’ve heard that their salted caramel tarts are divine, and I have a weakness for that flavour! I also want to try the Lemon Lust, lemon being another favourite flavour. Their drinks were also nice, though I’d recommend going for something other than a hot or iced chocolate if you are also having a chocolate dessert. Definitely worth a visit – just make sure you don’t settle.

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*Just as an aside – does anyone else feel a little amazed when people talk about Belgium chocolate? It’s Belgian chocolate, from Belgium. Belgium is the place.

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Chocolatree – North Adelaide

I love dessert. I love chocolate. I remember one Nestle block which had two layers, a dark and a milk, it had red packaging and it was so good. The height of chocolate milkshakes  – Nesquik. Now my taste buds are mature. I go to Haighs, Bracegirdle’s and the Chocolate Bean. I’m always on the lookout for a new chocolate dessert destination.

Chocolatree is a dessert café which serves chocolate in drink and dessert form. It’s a little more expensive than some, desserts are typically $10-15. I had an Iced Salted Caramel drink and cake with anglaise, melted chocolate, strawberries and strawberry coulis.

Chocolatree

Chocolatree

The drink was really nice. Look at my fabulous dessert! A strange choice when considering that I ordered the Chocolate Delice, supposedly a piece of cake with other elements. The chocolate curls and melted chocolate were delicious. The strawberry pieces and strawberry coulis were fantastic, providing refreshing bursts of sweet flavour. The anglaise was quite thin but pleasant flavoured. The downside was the cake, which I assumed was the main part of the dessert! There were around 5 or 6 small pieces of soggy cake floating around in this dessert. Next time I’ll get a dessert which is a little less liquid, because the cakes I saw in the counter looked nice.

Muffin!

Muffin!

Muffin and icecream – didn’t try it but it looked nice.

Milk and Dark hot chocolate

Milk and Dark hot chocolate

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I noticed many tables leaving food behind. I’m not sure if this was due to overindulgence or because people are wasteful but I think it’s a shame. Eating what is on my plate is important to me. On the other hand, people judge restaurants by the size of their meals, even if the portions then tend to be twice as much as they need. Is food left on the plate a good or bad sign?

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San Churros – Adelaide keeps face

San Churros Banana Sundae

San Churros Banana Sundae

I first went to San Churros five or so years ago. In Melbourne. It was pretty awesome – a small, dimly lit café serving thick Spanish hot chocolate and churros. Fast forward to the present day, and here is Adelaide, boasting its very own San Churros, est. March, 2013. Find it on the corner of Rundle St (East) and East Terrace. Or just look for a huge line of people.

I have to admit, the one time I went there (during the Fringe Festival), I was actually seated quite quickly. I’ve heard complaints from others that the wait time is high. It’s still early days, and a chain from Melbourne, so I am sure the wait time will diminish. Look at the Chocolate Bean – while it’s usually full, there isn’t usually a lineup.

Now, the dessert. I really enjoyed the flavour combination of chocolate (melted – but real, not syrup), banana, cream and nuts. The churros were comparable to Chocolate Taperia and not better or worse. Chocolate Taperia’s churros were a bit doughier on the inside but San Churros lacked softness in the interior.

San Churros is definitely worth a visit though a little pricier, in my opinion, than some dessert cafés, but prices are inline with Chocolate Taperia, a café with a similar theme, but less emphasis on churros. Check them out.

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Chocolate Taperia

Horchata, Chocolate Taperia

Horchata, Chocolate Taperia

Horchata has to be the most satisfying word to say. It is also immensely satisfying to drink, with it’s rice-and-spice flavour. Chocolate Taperia made a good first impression with this!

Located on Melbourne St in North Adelaide, Chocolate Taperia is just one of many dessert destinations which have popped up around the CBD and its surrounds in recent years. It used to be: Elephant Walk, Dairy Bell, Spatz and only a few others. Now there seems to be new places opening up every few months. Chocolate Taperia’s main claim to difference is their Spanish influence, rather than traditional desserts.

Tasting Platter, Chocolate Taperia

Tasting Platter, Chocolate Taperia

Not a very well lit photo, but a delicious dessert consisting of churros (the new big thing in Adelaide, with the opening of San Churros and at least two Churro trucks at the latest Fork in the Road), dulche de leche empanadas (AMAZING), and some banana fritters – which had a more technical name I promptly forgot.

The empanadas were stand out – I have a particular fondness for dulche de leche, that’s for sure.

All in all, a moderate to high priced dessert bar suitable for romantic dates or after dinner face stuffing with friends!

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