Haigh’s Chocolates Shop 1, The Strand Arcade, 412-414 George St., Sydney NSW 2000 Tel: +61 (2) 9221-6999
Photos: Roanne Monte
There are few things in life as decadent as chocolate. Ever since my dermatologist, New York board certified and author of the book “Forget the Facelift,” Dr. Doris Day (yes, that’s her real name!), mentioned to me that antioxidants in dark chocolate consumed in moderation is good for the skin, I have looked for every excuse to eat it. So when I stumbled upon Haigh’s Chocolates on a recent trip to Sydney, I had to check it out.
Haigh’s Chocolates founders trained with Lindt & Sprungli in Switzerland and first opened their now-flagship store in Adelaide in 1915.
Today, they have fourteen stores and two are in Sydney: one at Queen Victoria Building and, the other, at Strand Arcade. I went to both, but spent most of my time (and shopping!) at the Strand Arcade store.
Strand Arcade itself is, of course, just an absolutely gorgeous building with its old-world Victorian charm ensconced in the middle of modern Sydney. Haigh’s Chocolates’ interior is minimalist, steering my eyes on the large variety of chocolates on display. The similarities to Lindt are there: bars, boxes, and blocks of chocolates with endless configurations of fruit, nuts, and creams.
What stood out the most, though, was the milk macadamia and coconut block. Macadamia nuts are native to Australia, and combined with Haigh’s milk chocolate base, was nothing short of scrumptious!
The staff seemed very friendly and happy to answer my questions, which included support for sustainable cocoa farming. I was happy to hear that they are UTZ certified, which means that the cocoa sourced is considerate of farmers, farming conditions, and the environment.
Finally, I made a beeline for the dark chocolate covered coffee beans, which were crunchy but smooth and not bitter at all and contained a whopping 81% cocoa—not a bad amount of antioxidants! I kept thinking how good it might be for my skin. Well, that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it!