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Can we have a Koko Black chocolate salon in Sydney, please?

August 24th, 2009  |  Published in Uncategorized  |  6 Comments

Chai praline, Koko Black

Anytime you mention a planned trip to Canberra – our nation’s notoriously overplanned and inoffensive capital – you’ll often hear a snicker or witness a raised eyebrow in response. It’s like telling someone you plan to spend your holidays doing full-time laundry.

The city has a reputation for being an immensely boring place (and often the biggest Canberra naysayers are people who used to live there), and I’m not going to wade into the prickly pro/anti-Canberra debate here. The place does have one undeniable ace, though: a branch of Koko Black.

Pralines from Koko Black

Sadly, this chocolate salon brand has yet to extend to Sydney (it seems a little geographically unfair there are six in Melbourne and zero up here), but it does instantly redeem any 3-hour-bus-trips to Canberra.

So, no surprises that Koko Black was my first point-of-call after stumbling out of the coach terminal.

I couldn’t buy the entire salon’s stock and relocate it back to Sydney, but I did purchase a bag of Strawberry Callebaut Callets ($6.85), a block of cocoa nib-speckled chocolate ($7.85) and quite a few pralines.

Pralines from Koko Black

I picked out the Chai Tea, Mango & Vanilla, Dulce de Leche, Coffee and Hazelnut Crisp flavours ($12 per 100g). Whenever I have to select from a massive display, I always get regrettable what-I-want-to-order amnesia (or super-flushed and hopeless because I’m worried that I’m holding up the queue), so in my rush, I missed out the Raspberry Puree, which I wish I’d tried.

Hazelnut Crisp, Koko Black

My favourites were the Mango & Vanilla – its lovely tropical and creamy taste whisks you straight into summer – and the Hazelnut Crisp, with its delicious sprinkle of crushed wafers and sweet, nutty texture (which you can see in close-up, from the photo I’ve taken).

If my stash doesn’t last me ’til my next interstate visit, can we have a Koko Black in Sydney? Our city is a serial choc-cafe philanderer and has an open relationship with many cocoa salons – it’s a trend this Melbourne-based chain should completely take advantage of.

Otherwise, I might need to buy another ticket down to Canberra.

Koko Black, Canberra Centre, Bunda Street, Canberra ACT (02) 6230 4040,

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  1. art4friends says:

    oh no! what are you doing to me! I will have to get in my car and drive to CANBERRA right NOW!

    I love those pink drops.

    So yum.

  2. Betty says:

    i’ve been, but wasnt too impressed!
    but, it is a gem in canberra, and i always stop by whenever i’m in the area

  3. wendy h says:

    please send your article to their head office!!!

  4. gianduja says:

    former KB head chocalatier Arno Backes has set up his own in Melbourne – Ganache at 250 Toorak Rd, South Yarra.

    You absolutely have to try it when you are in town – the geranium is to die for!!!!

    Love your blog, so envious you have time to keep it updated!

  5. Jessica says:

    Hi Lee!
    I’m not sure if you know this already but we are opening 2 Koko Black Salons in Sydney late March! So keep an eye out and check our pages to get updates on it!

    Jess – Koko Black Team

    • Lee Tran Lam says:

      Hi Jessica, thanks for getting in touch! I saw a sign for a new store in the Strand, so I’m happy to see that you’re finally “invading” Sydney. Thanks for letting me know!

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