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Joburg has a proud sweet tooth – check out all the sugar-coated candy stores and frosty ice cream shops for proof – but the city has a particularly sweet spot saved for chocolate. Rich, robust and deliciously decadent, Jozi’s chocolate scene has never been better! Take a look at the best chocolate classes, workshops, tastings and tours as well as chocolate shops offering everything from bonbons and truffles to ganache. But maybe ditch that diet first!
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A lesson in decadence
Lovers of the pretty Parisian imports that are macarons can learn how to deliver an A-plus chocolate cookie with a crisp shell and an uber-thick, heady ganache filling. Lindt Master Chocolatiers will teach you the secret to creating delicious Lindt Chocolate Macarons at your own station dressed in a Master Chocolatier uniform. The class includes a Lindt Difference presentation and chocolate tasting, a recipe to recreate the delicacy at home and a 10% discount voucher for the Lindt Chocolate Boutique. You’ll also get to take home 15 of your own macarons. The class is ideal for private functions and team building and requires a minimum of 12 people at a cost of R345 per person to secure a booking. It’s only for children 12 years and older.
Shop 38, Design Quarter, Fourways
021 831 0380
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Pop, fizz, clink!
If you enjoy the finer things in life like a champagne and chocolate tasting at an elegant country restaurant, Casalinga is a must for your bucket list. The decadent experience combines an informal yet educational chat about the culinary indulgence and its origins with a sensational journey into the world of fine chocolate and Méthode Cap Classique, which is South Africa’s interpretation of age-old French champagne. You’ll learn how to differentiate between the delightful bubbly and chocolate to create your own ultimate combination and be given the opportunity to select your own ‘Spoil Me’ box of truffles to take home with you. The experience is subject to availability and events take place between March and November annually.
Rocky Road, Muldersdrift
087 941 1223
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Shop ‘til you drop
Joburg is home to chocolate shops that can sate even the fussiest devourers of the good stuff. From purist-pleasing, super-dark chocolates and cream-filled white varieties, to highly artful creations, the Beyers Chocolate factory shop absolutely raises the bar when it comes to cacao. Stock up on favourite chocolates like Amarula, Yottis, Coach House plus Sweetie Pies and much more. Geldhof Chocolatier also has a must-visit factory shop, where you can find all their mouth-watering products at wholesale prices – think truffles, Easter eggs, chocolate Santas and more. If they don’t answer the door the first time, try the doorbell a few times before giving up – they’re often in the back making chocolate.
28 Derrick Road, Spartan, Kempton Park
011 394 6892
Unit C1 Mikro Industrial Park, 17 Hammer Avenue; Strijdom Park
011 792 6220
Candice, the Editor of Hello Joburg Magazine, is a coffee-drinking, fashion-obsessed lover of anything and everything lifestyle related. She’s also a self-confessed foodie, champagne enthusiast and devoted bargain hunter.