The House of Anvers at Latrobe in Tasmania’s north is a chocolate lovers’ heaven.
Hand-made chocolate truffles, chocolate oranges, fudge and praline, using fresh Tasmanian cream and butter, producing the world's finest chocolate and liqueurs.
Igor Van Gerwen, the chocolate confectioner acquired his know-how from his birthplace, Belgium.
A selection box of truffles includes flavours such as kirsch, strawberry and Grand Marnier. Flavours that would dominate others - ginger and mint, are packed by themselves. A terrific light gift to take home, that's truly Tasmanian.
The House of Anvers is a real chocolate taste sensation and is located in the property known as Wyndarra Lodge, a stylish house (c.1931) set in 1.12 hectares of mature tree gardens.
Anvers has viewing windows so you can see the factory in action; confectionery staff tempering, moulding and enrobing fine chocolates, truffles, pralines, fudge and more.
There is a small museum on the history of chocolate, and our coffee shop (open fire place, stained glass windows) specialises in chocolates, hot cocoa in many flavours, chocolate desserts and...more chocolate. French breakfast and light Tasmanian fare lunches are served, and a range of teas and espresso coffees for the morning and afternoon ...read more
A chocolatier with free samples?! House of Anvers definitely made it on the must-do list during a trip to Launceston.
The visit kicked off with morning tea in the cafe. I ordered the Belgian Waffles with Hazelnut Chocolate. It was a generous serving of 2 large waffles with hazelnut chocolate spread, ice-cream and cream. I also ordered the Cinnamon Hot Chocolate. It arrived in an Aztec style mug. Disappointingly, I could only taste the cinnamon as a sprinkle on top and the hot chocolate was not as rich as I would like.
En route to the bathroom, I walked through the museum with a viewing window into the factory. It was nothing special really. I purchased a selection of individual chocolates from the shop. Nice chocolates, but not the best in the market.
Overall, it was a lukewarm experience and not quite the chocolate heaven I had expected.
Just thinking of here makes me hungry for chocolate. Not just any chocolate though: handmade unique fluffy velvety chocolate in a mass of delicious flavours.
It doesn't come cheaply (though they're generous in their free tastings!), but for that special treat or souvenir from Tassie this is the place.
And their cafe - mmmmmm.