First up, the sad news: the Blueberry and Yogurt praline has been phased out at Kakawa in Darlinghurst.
The good news: the store’s display case is filled with many great consolation prizes.
One new addition is the Wild Lemon, which twists the tang and sweetness of lemon into a lovely showdown with milk chocolate. I like it even more knowing that it’s made from fruit that co-owner David picked from his family’s farm.
My new favourite, though, is the Chai Latte Cup, which is a cloudburst of exquisite flavour, spiced through with clove, cinnamon and cardamom.
It’s the sort of experience that makes you want to hit the pause button, so you can enjoy it even longer. Or the replay button, so you can greedily relive it a few times more.
There are also other new flavours in-store (Smoked Truffle!, Raspberry Jelly!), but these two are centre-of-attention for me right now.
By the way, as part of the Crave Sydney International Food Festival, Kakawa is running “Bean to Bar” single-origin chocolate tastings, every Saturday through October at 4.30pm. To book you can call on the number below or email through email@example.com, which is probably the cutest email address I’ve come across – it stands for David Tobias Ralph 4 Jin Sun Kim (the lovely couple who run the chocolatier).
Also, happy birthday to Kakawa. It’s the only one-year-old I know whose chocolate habit should be encouraged.
Shop 5, 147 William St (a few blocks from the Darlinghurst Rd end), Darlinghurst, (02) 9331 8818, www.kakawachocolates.com.au.