Experience No.076 in Australian Traveller Magazine’s 100 Greatest Australian Gourmet Experiences.
Fondly known for occupying the Beehive Building on Adelaide’s Rundle Mall, Haigh’s Chocolates became an instant institution in the city of churches almost from the very day Alfred E Haigh established his shop there in 1915.
“Iconic. Reliably good. Haigh’s is a place for a treat.” – Alla Wolf-Tasker
Haigh’s has been able to produce high quality chocolate by either manufacturing or purchasing cocoa butter. This is the basis for a better chocolate.
In 1922 Alfred created the original Aprichoc – SA Riverland apricots covered in chocolate. Today this innovation of local goodies can be found in the Champagne and Sparkling Shiraz truffles.
But Haigh’s is most famous for its chocolate animals. And along with eggs in your bunny basket, don’t be surprised if there’s a chocolate frog or bilby in there too. Thanks to Haigh’s, thousands of Australians each year shun the rabbit for its native counterpart, the Easter Bilby. The humble Easter egg hardly compares to a giant, gold Australian frog and who would pass on a chocolate Murray Cod?
Haigh’s Chocolates has taken it upon itself to save endangered animals one tasty bite at a time.
But everyone has their own favourite; for panellist Maggie Beer it’s not the frog but the violet crèmes.
Travellers and chocoholics can take a free tour and indulge a few tastings at the factory just outside of the Adelaide CDB.
Where: Stores in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney, but The Beehive stands at 2 Rundle Mall, Adelaide. (08) 8231 2844, www.haighschocolates.com.au
Did you know: During war years, Haigh’s Chocolates made boiled sweets and wrapped toffees despite sugar rationings.