Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Charlie and the Gluten Free Chocolate Factory

Would Charlie still be the excited little golden ticket boy if he knew he was going to a gluten free chocolate factory? Probably not!

When I was first diagnosed with being Coeliac, I had no idea what gluten free meant. I thought that all I would have to do is cut out the obvious - bread, pasta and all things wheat. You would think that would be easy enough right? Well, it’s actually not. Gluten, I discovered, is in everything!

If you live in the gluten free world like us, you would know by now, that most of your favourite chocolate bars contain gluten. So what can we have I hear you ask?

On my first shop for gluten free chocolate, all I could find was chocolate that was gluten free, dairy-free, peanut-free, tree-nut free, egg free and taste free! Just because I need to be on a gluten free diet, doesn’t mean I should miss out on tasty chocolate.

I wanted to find good quality chocolate with all the yummies still in there, just minus the gluten. Surely that’s not too much to ask for? I found that my search was closer to home than I thought.

I discovered that Belle Fleur in Rozelle sold gluten free chocolate (insert happy dance here).  

Easter window display

This is a beautiful little chocolate shop that I frequented my pre-coeliac days. It always reminds me of the movie “Chocolat”. As you enter the shop there is a little bell on the door that announces your arrival. Once you are inside, the smell of fresh chocolate engulfs your senses making you automatically drool!

There is a beautiful glass cabinet with an overwhelming amount of handmade chocolates to choose from. All of the chocolates are GF, except for the Rice Crispies. However, as they are constantly adding new additions to their collection, I would suggest that you always ask the salesperson when choosing, just in case.

What I love about this shop is that they make “seasonal” chocolates. Leading up to Easter they have a shop full of bunnies and eggs in all shape and sizes. Valentines Day was full of chocolate love hearts and Christmas is always a treat. There are chocolate shoes, guitars and even Italian coffee makers!

I truly love this shop and recommend it to everyone. So if you are ever in the neighbourhood, pop in and if you aren’t, it’s definitely worth the trip.

I hope this makes your Easter a little more exciting. Wishing you all a very safe and happy Easter!

Belle Fleur Fine Chocolates
658 Darling Street Rozelle NSW 2039
(02)9810 2690

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  1. Great blog - you are making my homesick! Very difficul to locate easter eggs in Mumbai! I have found a Bakery owned by a Catholic. He claims to bake h best hot cross buns in India! We will be visiting him tomorrow! ;-)

  2. Hi Julian, hope you had a good Easter and that the hot cross buns where yummy! I didn't get round to making my own this Easter, oh well, maybe next year :o)