Saturday, December 5, 2009

Sweet Tempered Chocolateria- Noosa Junction

I used to be a chocolate fiend. In my teen years whole missing boxes of Ferrero Rocher's could be (rightly) attributed, solely, to me. Easter Bunny was always very generous but whilst my sister's could stockpile my takings were usually gone within the first three days. And I was not without tactics to secure more. By this time, after eating chocolate for three meals on Easter Sunday, and watching me devour the rest of my takings, the siblings were usually sick at the sight of anything looking like or smelling like choc. So then, I would sweep in take the leftovers, which was usually enough chocolate to last me for another week or so.

And don't be fooled into thinking that this choc-maniac could be fuelled from just the Easter petrol. Through out the year, I ate chocolate every day- even if it was just a little bit, and it was usually a lot more than a little bit. In year ten at school, I ate to many mint patties, my friends and I covered an outdoor picnic table in the stickers within a couple of months. I'm not sure how I didn't grow exponentially in this time, but I guess being 16 helped with that side of things.

Even better, my family was already accustomed to this kind of behaviour because my Aunt is probably clinically addicted to chocolate, so compared to her, everyone thought I had just a minor issue! It's funny how things can seem so normal because you have seen it all before.

As time went on, chocolate became less and less of a focus. The need for the daily hit subsided and I found myself more able to go to the markets/woolies/a newsagent without coming out with bags full of choc. I stopped finding chocolate hidden around the house (hiding it from myself!- not a great idea) and slowly developed what seemed like a much more normal relationship with chocolate.

Like any addiction, there are times of relapse but I feel that I am more in control now... until I spotted the Sweet Tempered Chocolateria in a little lane way in the Lanyana Arcade at Noosa Junction- JACKPOT!!!

So... I stalked around for a while, wondering if I should go it alone, or if I should compromise my new normal chocolate lifestyle with the temptation of going in...

I decided that I was an adult and I should be able to handle myself when going into a chocolate shop, but the moment I stepped in and the sweet cocoa wafted my way, all restraint was gone.

Sweet Tempered Chocolateria is the brainchild of Dylan and Kate Tasker. They recognised that Noosa lacked a little choccy shop and decided to fill the void. Dylan worked in the Margaret River for a chocolate company and so had the experience and know how to seal the deal whilst Kate had a background as a barista and so brings the coffee aspect to the table.

The shop has a really cute brown and white striped theme and feels a bit like a french candy shop. The florist opposite means that the area is just too cute to boot! Mirror with lipstick writing adorns the walls and lets customers know of the specials, as do the cute blackboards outside. There is also, of course, an alluring cabinet filled with a myriad of different handmade chocolates.

(sorry about me in the reflection!)

Aside from chocolate, Sweet tempered do cappuccinos (which Dylan assures me are 'the best in Noosa- although I cannot verify as I don't drink coffee!), tea and coffee, light lunches and lots of chocolate based sauces, etc. But lets face it. I was there for the choccies.. Yum

I knew I needed to exhibit some form of self control, and so resolved to only spend as much money as was in my wallet- a $20. At the chocolates being $1.50 each, this meant that I could choose a decent selection of the handmade delights whilst still remaining in control.

Usually I would go for the passionfruit creams or the dark chocolate with ginger which just so happen to be the best sellers, but I was in the mood for a couple of zesty chocolates so chose the lemon sphere and chilli truffle and something traditional- vanilla, strawberry and peppermint cream.

I had them put in a little take-away bag and brought them home with the intention to share with C. It's the intention that counts right??~!

So I was most curious about the chilli truffle. Sometimes chilli chocolate can be overwhelming or underwhelming but I feel that this one was just right. The dark chocolate ganache was smooth and the chilli had just enough bite to make itself known. I did give C a little bite of this, and he quite enjoyed it.

I moved onto the lemon sphere, which was something I have never tried before. Perhaps not my favourite of the day, but it did have some zing from the lemon which melded nicely with the intensity of the dark chocolate.

The vanilla creme was beautiful- definitely my favourite. The centre was soft and fluffy, just like a pillow but not too rich. My only complaint is that it should have been bigger to allow for more injection of extra vanilla!

The peppermint cream was a little disappointing for me. I am a peppermint lover and would have liked the flavour to be more apparent. However, coming from the opposite side of the fence, C insisted that it was great because the taste was so subtle. This was true of the strawberry cream too- the chocolate was nice and full and the cream was subtlety strawberry which is a lot nicer than biting into some of the strawberry creams which are so artificial and too sickly sweet to enjoy.

I'm lucky I only bought 5 chocolates because they were consumed in the five minutes after I arrived home. The chocolates were delicate and subtle which was a really nice touch. The chocolates were reasonably priced and the Sweet Tempered Chocolateria has lots on offer- the perfect haven for any chocolate lover.

Take it from a former chocolate addict- less is sometimes more. I'm actually proud that my dignity remained in-tact whilst visiting the Sweet Tempered Chocolateria but if you are worried, perhaps you should take back-ups/body guards to stop you getting out of control when you pop down to Lanyana Way next time you are on the Sunshine Coast.

5 fabulous comments:

SOL's view said...

Hello. My name is Leanne and I'm a chocoholic. *says she, sitting at her desk eating choc melts because there is nothing else*

It's been a very long time, but my fave choc store used to be the Blue Cat in Albert Street. Gorgeous handmade chocolates. Also very expensive. Been so long in fact that I don't know if it still exists.

Worth a look!

mademoiselle délicieuse said...

These days I go for quality over quantity but I love how you said, "I stalked around for a while" as opposed to, "I walked around for a while"! =D

Joy said...

Awesome post - I"m ready to jump in the car now!!! :)

EL said...

I will seriously stop reading your blog if you keep writing posts like that! Stuck behind a desk with no chocolate in reach, it is almost too much too handle... I think I will be picking up some Lindt on the way home!

Food lover said...

yummmm - chocolate!!!
Agree with EL; it's way to hard to read this post and not crave for some!

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