Sunday, February 1, 2015

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Sweet Story - Restoration of a 1958 Twist Wrapper Forgrove 22B - Melba's Chocolate Factory

Read about Restoration of a 1958 Twist Wrapper and how Melba's YouTube video attracted overseas attention:

Of course, if you haven't seen how the wrapper works, you are invited to watch the movie
A lot of things changed since - the twist wrapper has been fully refurbished (including new paint and safety guards) and if you visit us, you might be lucky to see it in 'full action' at Melba's Depositing Room (or Panning Room). 

Visit Melba's website and don't forget to 'like us' on Facebook too.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The one and only Inch Licorice Block

One thing is for sure, Melba's customers love to shop for their favourite chocolates and confectionery ONLINE. Besides the seasonal range, one of the most sought after products is the Melba's Inch Licorice Block.

If you haven't tried yet, then now it's the time. A fresh batch of this unique candy is made regularly at our Woodside factory.

Licorice Block
This is how you can discover Melba's Inch Licorice Blocks at Melba's Chocolate Factory

Melba's Licorice Block

Making Melba's signature Inch Licorice Block is not an easy task. It requires special skills and years of experience. As you can see, first of all the mixture is heated to a certain temperature. Working and shaping the licorice dough the right way is quite a physical task and everything needs to be done in a certain way with certain timing to ensure the right texture and smoothness. After the dough is set, shaped and divided into inch blocks, the final stage of wrapping and packing can start.
Melba's - how we make licorice block

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

STOP! Traffic Lights are back!

Today, we would like to share with you a 'sweet' story by Melba's Chocolates.
Did you know that over one tonne per month of these revivals of a popular sweet of the 1930's are laboriously hand made at Melba's Chocolate Factory in the Adelaide Hills using period machinery?

At the beginning, sugar from Queensland is poured into the gas cooking kiln to be mixed with glucose and water.
Then, colouring and top quality French raspberry, lime and orange flavouring are added to the individual batches, taking great care to avoid aerating.
Notice the depositing carriage, a hard-working relic.
On this picture, you can see the watercooled, steeltopped catching table. Getting the right sized results required such skill that it took a quarter of a tonne of mistakes to get it just right! 
Imported English cellophane wraps the finished sweets at the rate of 600 per minute. Far too slow by modern standards. When you make sweets with love, it's better not to rush things.
Would you like to try some? You can buy Traffic Lights (150g bag) ONLINE
Enjoy Traffic Lights and don't forget to have fun ;)

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Giant Christmas Chocolate

GIANT CHRISTMAS FRECKLES AND FROGS - Available only at Melba's Chocolate Factory 
Freckles are $8.00each
Frogs $9.00each