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Chocolatier tempts sweet-toothed

THE South West’s latest tourist attraction, The Margaret River Chocolate Company, is now open for business.

The company combines a state-of-the-art chocolate making factory with an interactive tourism destination.

European-trained chocolatier and manager Soren Houlberg will be making a wide range of chocolate products from hand-made truffles and chocolate coated fruits, nuts and sweets to rich chocolate sauces and chocolate milk.

Mr Houlber trained as a chocolatier and patissere in Denmark, Germany and Switzerland and worked with many of Europe’s leading hotels and chocolatiers before moving to Australia.

The Margaret River Chocolate Company spokesman Martin Black said the company’s European-style chocolates would complement the fine wines and gourmet foods available in the Margaret River region.

“Margaret River is now recognised internationally for its fine wines and foods and we hope it will soon be recognised for its magnificent chocolate,” Mr Black said.

“We want to create an environment where everyone can learn more about chocolate and indulge their favourite taste sensation – be it truffles, bars, icecream, cake, sauce or whatever.”

Mr Black said the company had been twelve months in the making.

He said although the manufacturing operations would start on a relatively small scale, there were plans to increase the capacity and product range within twelve months.

The $400,000 factory was designed by architects Donaldson & Warn.

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