A new chocolate revelation or more great things from South Australia?

I was chatting this week on Twitter with a couple of very cool Adelaide ladies, viz., Laura and Rachael and I was introduced to Menz FruChocsΒ  According to their website Robern Menz is South Australia’s largest confectioner and maker of the famous Menz FruChocs. Robern Menz manufacture a wide range of chocolate based confectionery and gourmet goodies. The good news is that Coles also stocks some of their products, so Friday afternoon after work I went searching. Like a lot of supermarkets, there is an entire aisle dedicated to confectionery and so finding the Menz products took me a little while. At one stage I ventured into the health food aisles because I couldn’t find them. After a taking a systematic approach I found them πŸ™‚

Violet Crumble wrapper

Violet Crumble wrapper (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There were four varieties stocked. The classic Choc Apricot Balls, the Turkish Delight, Mini Choc Honeycomb and Choc Honeycomb (sort like the now gone forever Violet Crumble). I bought some of the apricot and TD thinking I’ll try the honeycomb later. I was told by Rachael and Laura that the Choccy Snakes are a must try.Β  These are not stocked in my local Coles supermarket. Apart from being a science fiction fiend, I also discovered that Rachael is addicted to Menz to the extent she gets gift packs from the factory because she is such a good customer. That’s what I call good customer relations πŸ™‚

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Menz balls in Coles Ping @scifi_or_bust

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Honeycomb Menz at Coles Ping @scifi_or_bust

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Thanks @scifi_or_bust for telling about @menzfruchocs Ping @laurakdare

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Which to try first with my jug of happiness. Ping @laurakdare and @scifi_or_bust

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I waited until after dinner (see image below) to try them with a jug of happiness. I tried the apricot ones first. I like dried apricots and I like apricot confectionery but not in huge amounts. The chocolate is very nice and the apricot flavour not too strong. The good thing is they’re not too sweet. They were delicious. I then tried the Turkish Delight. I’m a fan of real TD with its lovely jelly and dusted with icing sugar. I know friends who regard the addition of chocolate coating as anathema. I’m not that puritanical about my confectionery, although I do like good chocolate. The TD was good, what I liked was the flavour of the TD developed over time and peaked after the chocolate had dissolved. We’re on a winner. I’m being careful to only have one at a time and to make them last πŸ™‚

Haigh's Chocolates

Haigh’s Chocolates (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On the subject of South Australia and chocolate, another iconic brand is Haigh’s.Β  Haigh’s Chocolates now has shops in SA, Victoria and NSW. The chocolate, whether it be milk or dark is delightful. When friends at work travel to Adelaide, Melbourne or Sydney I’m often asked if I want a fix of Haigh’s. I never say no.

In other news…

We now have a resolution at work that we’re going to try to do Pay Thursday Pies

Lunch. Gourmet veal stroganoff pie with Lime Quench soda. Ping @jacquimkane

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This was a veal stroganoff pie which was delicious.

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Dinner was a simple hamburger and a jug of crushed ice with mint, pineapple and lemon lime and bitters cordial

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My jug of happiness. Mint, mango, pineapple and soda water plus lemon lime and bitters cordial.

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Goodbye Christmas lollipop

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I finally emptied my work Christmas stocking. Goodbye last Christmas lollipop πŸ™‚

Mmm…Hot chips on a Friday with extra aioli #yummy Ping @jesskirkham08 @jacquimkane @kecozanat

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Fridays are now dedicated to hot chips or sausages. This Friday was hot chips with aioli from the Urban Bean Espresso Bar.

Dinner. Chilli flake crusted chicken with salad

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After those chips it was a light chicken and salad dinner.

Good morning everyone. Lovely clouds.

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Saturday morning clouds on my walk

It's too soon even for chocolate hot cross buns πŸ™‚

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Last week it was plain hot cross buns, this week it’s chocolate ones. Still too early in my opinion.

For dinner tonight I was finishing a Heston Blumenthal steak project

#ProjectHestonSteak 2 days ago in its wrapper

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This image was captured two nights ago. This is a piece of Angus Scotch rib fillet

#projecthestonsteak After 2 days "ageing" in the fridge

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I “aged” it in the refrigerator for two days. I just left it uncovered to dry out.

#projecthestonsteak with #hollandaisefail 😞

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I regard this as an epic fail. The steak was about as good as I could hope for. The Heston method of rapidly turning each 15 seconds for a total cooking time of about 5 minutes works well. I enjoyed a delightfully rare steak. This was the first time I tried to make a blender Hollandaise sauce. The butter split and the sauce didn’t thicken. It still tasted good because after all melted butter tastes great πŸ˜‰

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18 thoughts on “A new chocolate revelation or more great things from South Australia?

  1. Pingback: Honey soy salmon and a chocolate honeycomb dessert | Yummy Lummy

  2. Good old FruChocs! I had never heard of them until I moved to SA. They’re heaps good! πŸ™‚

    • Hi Sarah
      They are indeed. I’ve finished the apricot and Turkish delight. I have the mini honeycomb ones and will have them with ice cream (maybe tonight). I get so many good ideas from SA tweeps πŸ™‚

      Gaz

    • Rare steak is the way I love it. I’ll give the hollandaise another go soon. As another blogger commented, there’s nothing wrong with a butter bath πŸ™‚

  3. I hope your apartment is all cleaned up after the flooding?
    Your pictures always look as if I can reach into the screen and partake in the post. My first thought when I saw the apricot chocolates was how to incorporate that little chocolate into each chocolate cupcake with a zesty orange citrus frosting! Yum, yum, yum those chocolates! Your workplace has the most fun themes.

    Love the hot chips! And the steak sounds delicious. Butter and steak is so good together. No biggie on the sauce. It is the heart of the meal that matters πŸ™‚

  4. Such a shame about the hollandaise, but the steak looks devine. The marbling is beautful *drool* I was going to say, if you haven’t tried Haigh’s yet, I’m planning a visit to Canberra soon to visit friends – I could bring some over for you πŸ˜‰

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