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Top 5 sweet spots in the Hunter Valley

Treat yourself in Hunter Valley Wine Country and indulge in all things sweet and dangerous. From exquisite, hand crafted bon bons, mouth-watering hot chocolates and gourmet gelatos, the Hunter Valley offers a range of unique sweet treats for sweet tooth's of all kinds. Even the non-sweet tooth's will find something they'll enjoy.

Here's our top 5 picks that'll have your tastebuds in a frenzy.

  1. Cocoa Nib at Keith Tulloch Wine

Decadent meets delicious at Cocoa Nib. Hand crafted by Aymee and her team; Cocoa Nib is renowned for producing works of delicate art as each treat is carefully crafted with a unique colour, texture or design. Oh, and the flavours are unbeatable too. Try choosing between double coated, dark chocolate rocky road with vanilla raspberry marshmallows and studded with pistachios or their smooth 41% milk chocolate rocky road made on vanilla marshmallow topped with peanuts and cranberries. Or slurp away their signature hot chocolate balls, a dark chocolate shell filled with hot chocolate powder and marshmallows… just add hot milk and voila! With a range made from the highest quality French couverture, their aim is to incite joyous, indulgent moments with each and every piece.

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  1. Sabor Dessert Bar

Uncover your new guilty pleasure at Sabor Dessert Bar, a relaxed atmosphere boasting sweeping views of the surrounding vineyards and Brokenback Mountain Range. Since opening, Sabor has grown their dessert menu to include over 50 different desserts, each created and crafted individually as nothing in this eatery is serviced by the slice! The culinary and visual works will have you mesmerized as you pass the colorful display, if you are struggling to choose one to try, be sure to order one of the several tasting plates to sample five mini treats.

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  1. Hunter Valley Chocolate Company

Known for its innovation and dedication to quality, Hunter Valley Chocolate Company is a must do when visiting the region. At the factory, you’ll get an inside look at the workings of an active kitchen, where Peter and his team are dynamically creating signature products using only the finest Belgian and Swiss Couverture chocolate, Australian dried fruits and nuts, and unique distilled pure fruit oils. From watching Peter in the kitchen creating delectable handmade chocolates (perfect for gifts), to relaxing in the café enjoying some chocolate-based brilliance, let yourself indulge in the beautiful Hunter Valley.

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  1. Wine & Chocolate Tastings

What better combination than pairing two of life’s most guilty pleasures; wine & chocolate? Some say it can’t be done but if you manage to find the right balance in their characteristics and flavour profiles, you may have just discovered your new escape.

Greenway Wines - Greenway Wines have been working with a chocolatier who has designed chocolates specifically to match their wines - and are offering guided wine, chocolate & cheese tastings.

Glandore Wines - Using vibrant and fresh ingredients, Adora creates high quality and unique handmade chocolates. Glandore have been working with Adora for a few years now creating an unforgettable Hunter experience that will take your senses on a journey like no other. 

Wine House Hunter Valley - The perfect indulgence of artisan chocolate and premium wine. Four super premium wines paired with the Hunter Valley's most exclusive handmade, hand painted chocolates from Cocoa Nib.

Saltire Estate – Experience premium wine matched with Madam Cocoa's visually beautiful and wickedly decadent creations. Be delighted by such pairings as sweet and zesty lemon ganache wrapped in a delicate blanket of smooth and creamy white chocolate shell with Saltire's acclaimed Claremont Traditional Method Sparkling. Just delicious! 

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  1. Smelly Cheese Shop

Not only famous for delicious cheese and charcuterie treats, but the Smelly Cheese Shop located at Roche Estate houses an epic, authentic gelato selection. Choose from over 36 gelato and ice cream varieties that are available in store at one time, including Dairy Free, Vegan and Gluten Free options.

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