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Our Latest News and Events

Our Easter range is now in-store & online!!!! We are open all through Easter & the school holidays
We have also appeared in The Age Epicure on 24th March

Australia Day Special - Lamingtons!!!! 4 days only. Our freshly baked lamingtons have been coated in our Belgian Chocolate & are now being served with double cream & jam (dine-in or take-away)!! Only available from Friday 23rd January to Monday 26th January - get in quick!

Maryborough Golden Girl Guides Sing an Aussie Christmas Carol at Chocolate Mill
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We were lucky to have the Maryborough Golden Girl Guides sing an Aussie Christmas Carol for us at Chocolate Mill this year. Thanks girls, that was a real treat to hear your beautiful voices in our store.

Chocolate Mill Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary with Donation to Daylesford Primary School Kitchen Garden Project

Jen with Harmony and Lewein, Daylesford Primary students

Jen with Harmony and Lewein, Daylesford Primary School students

Chocolate Mill has reached the 10 year milestone-yay! To celebrate this we donated $1000 to the
Daylesford Primary School "Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Project". We found out that this project is totally self funded after its first 2 years and needed help to generate $25,000 for each year to run the program. We decided that we would sponsor a plot in the hope that other local community groups will also see this as a way to help this project stay viable.

Chocolate Mill is also selling their book "Grow Cook Eat" in our shop.

Chocolate Mill Video Demonstrations
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Due to high demand our current demonstrations have been replaced with videos that run throughout the day. We are very excited about this new concept as more people can now see how we make our chocolates and where our chocolate comes from.

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Catch Chocolate Mill on the Getaway show "Daylesford Romantic Weekend" GEM Channel 90 on Saturday 9th April, 5pm

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Natalie tasting the Ultimate Hot Chocolate

Natalie tasting our Ultimate Hot Chocolate

Postcards Australia segment on Daylesford includes Chocolate Mill June 22 2010

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Scott McRae from Postcards Australia gets a kick out of chocolate and was in his element at Chocolate Mill.
The segment screened nationally through WIN TV/Channel 9 and screens overseas in July 2010.

Click this link to the Postcards Australia site to view the video archive of the segment

On November 21st 2009 Chocolate Mill celebrated 6 years being open.

jen and chris in our shop

We are very proud that all our hard work is continuing to be a success. A big thankyou to all our customers and staff.

Herald Sun May 2, 2010 - Chocolate Mill voted #1 in "5 of the Best" hot chocolates in Victoria

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Chocolate Mill on Getaway TV Show

We had a visit from the Getaway crew with the segment going to air on the 23rd July 2009. Natalie Gruzlewski had some fun talking about the aphrodisiac qualities of chocolate for a weekend away in Daylesford and was quoted as saying Chocolate Mill is the best reason to visit the area! Spoken like a true chocoholic- thanks Nat!

Natalie tasting the Ultimate Hot Chocolate

Click this link to the Getaway site to view the video archive

Chocolate Mill celebrates 5 years

We are very happy to announce that Friday 21st November 2008 will be our celebration of 5 years being open. Since 2003 Chocolate Mill has expanded to include a cafe and now has 16 staff on board making 10,000-12,000 chocolates a week. We look forward to sharing our celebration with dedicated chocoholics on Friday and throughout the weekend.

Many thanks to all who have supported us over the years, especially to our family and friends.

Jen & Chris with a big block of chocolate to celebrate 5 years open

Jen & Chris with a big block of chocolate to celebrate 5 years open

Chocolate Mill voted #11 in the State in the RACV 101 top tourism experiences campaign


Chocolate Mill has been voted by Victorians as overall ranking #11 in the State out of a total of 588 places and 22,000 votes. This was also:

  • Top Chocolate Business in Victoria
  • Top Retail Business in Victoria
  • Highest placing in Central Victoria

Ahead of us were 4 Regions and 3 yearly events.
Why did Chocolate Mill do so well?

Feedback from customers tell us:
People enjoy our quality, fresh product and great customer service, with friendly staff who have excellent product knowledge.
We are not just a shop in town, we have become a destination in this area.

Many thanks to all our new and dedicated chocoholics :-)

Chocoholic Wins a 5KG Milk Block

Another exciting weekend at Chocolate Mill brought an added bonus of a 5kg block of beautiful Belgian chocolate to be won. After receiving over 200 entries in our Block Buster Competition, Fiona, our longest serving employee, drew Nicole G. of South Yarra out of the bucket. When Jen reached Nicole by phone, she was very thrilled. Many thanks to everyone who entered our competition.

Chocolate Mill on Channel Nine's Postcards

Chocolate Mill enjoyed a visit from the crew from Channel Nine's Postcards program in July. A day of shooting was edited down to a fabulous segment on their show on Sunday, the 27th July. We had a lot of fun with Lauren, who became our Chief Taster for the day. However, by the end of the day, Lauren was all chocolated out after working very hard tasting everything.Postcards website

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Jen, Chris and Lauren with a Chocolate Mill Monster Chocolate Bar for Postcards

Seriously Supporting
Daylesford ChillOut

Chocolate Mill is proud to be a Sponsor of ChillOut, the largest gay and lesbian festival in regional and rural Australia over the upcoming Labour Day long weekend, 7-10 March 2008. A festival like no other in the world, ChillOut turns the beautiful and relaxing Central Victoria spa town of Daylesford 'Queer as Country Folk' for four fun-packed days. ChillOut will also focus on raising both awareness and funds to enable more primary schools to introduce the Better Buddies Framework in conjunction with The Alannah and Madeline Foundation.

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Chillout Poster 2008

Seriously Supporting Breast Cancer Research

Chocolate Mill was proud to support RMIT marketing students Samantha Jordan, Abbey Glassford, Ella Cooper, Grace Stripekis, Georgina De Visser and Danielle Pantaloni raise funds for Breast Cancer Research on Saturday 6th October, 2007. The students raised over $700 from selling cupcakes and sweet buns in the Hot Chocolate Cafe, as well as giving people the opportunity to sponsor a "Pink Lady". Chocolate Mill's support included a $100 donation. Well done girls!

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Raising Funds for Breast Cancer Research
From left: Abbey, Ella, Grace, Georgina, Samantha, Danielle.

Celebrating 3 Years

Chocolate Mill celebrated 3 years open for business on the 21st November, 2006. Champagne and cake were in the wings and customers making purchases over $5 received a FREE CAR!

Thankyou to everyone for their ongoing support. Chocolate Mill now employs 13 staff and we still can't keep up with the demand.

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Celebrating 3 years.
Back from left: Tess, Peta, Kristen, Fiona, Sam, Chris. Front from left: Courtney, Jen & Nat. Absent: Kathryn, Bec, Steph, Emma.

Easter Weekend...
Meet 7 Local Artists & Producers showcasing their unique products.

We have invited some local artists & producers to make Easter even bigger and more exciting at Chocolate Mill. Now with our Hot Chocolate Cafe open you can enjoy the environment while sipping on a drink or munching on choccies and browse amongst the stalls in and around our shop, cafe and garden.

Come and see the wonderful work and produce from Bridgewater Grove Olives, Dunja Ceramic Creations, Faraday Lavender, Ken Sluce, Hot Iron, Pachamama & Wombat Forest Winery. STOP PRESS- Jinari Berg, massage therapist, will also join us to revitalise weary necks & shoulders. Aaahhh!

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Celebrating the opening of our Hot Chocolate Cafe.

Over 60 attended an event on Thursday evening, the 23rd March 2006, when the big 5kg block was broken to officially open the new cafe. Plenty of food and beverages together with good company and warm weather made for a terrific night. Chris thanked those that were involved in helping to make the extension and support it happening.

We were lucky to have Sharon & Nelson with us from Montreal to break the block and enjoy the festivities. Sharon made a fabulous Yule Cake from a secret family recipe and Dunja's salads & tsatziki were divine. John & Chris did a good job on the steak & salmon, while Tim & Clarke took some great shots of the evening. Thanks to all for a great night.

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Sharon & Nelson break the 5 kg block, with Chris & Jen, to officially open the Hot Chocolate Cafe

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Some of the friends, staff & supporters at the opening

Chocolate Mill is celebrating 2 years open

Yes, we are celebrating 2 years on the 21st November, 2005. It's hard to fathom the amount of hard work that has created an ever increasing success story in chocolate. Not only are we busy in our business but we are also expanding next door. This expansion includes a "Hot Chocolate Cafe" which we hope will be open by mid December. Chris is building the the extension during the week and then in the kitchen on weekends. No rest for the wicked they say ;-)

Visit from the Lions Club and CWA "Great Crib Trek"

We were very excited to receive a visit from the brave team doing the "Great Crib Trek". They are pushing an humidicrib (90kg) over 400km from Albury to Melbourne to gather funds to provide affordable accommodation for families from rural and interstate regions who have loved ones receiving treatment at the Mercy Hospital for Women and Austin Health in Melbourne. The Great Trek Team at the Chocolate Mill included Diana Morgan, Heather Speer, Wendy Cauchy, Rachael O'Connor, Gary Ward, Gary Bromley, Cathy Godbold, Judith Bell, Ron Bell, Hendy O'Toole and Gerrard O'Toole.

Chocolate Mill supplied chocolate for the participants to combat the merciless hills around Hepburn and Daylesford. We wish you all the best and encourage people to assist however they can for the funding of Lions House. Check out their website to find out more.

Great Crib Trek at Chocolate Mill<

Great Crib Trek at Chocolate Mill

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Award celebrations!

Chocolate Mill won the Tabaret Goldfields Best New Business Award 2004 on the 5th October, just over 10 months of being in business.
We are very honoured to receive this recognition. Many thanks for the local support, as well as from people visiting the area coming to see us. Thanks also go to our team who have helped us build this vision. And to our family and friends who are always in our hearts.

Our Team

Our team celebrate the Goldfields Awards.
Left from back: Andrew, Fiona. Middle: Bec, Brooke, Kathryn, Sam. Front: Jen, Chris.

Celebrating 6 months...

On Friday May 21st, we celebrated 6 months since we opened our doors. We have taken on more staff and now have 2 new machines from Holland which will help us to keep up with the ever increasing demand for our chocolates. We have further plans for expansion and will keep you informed on more detail of this in the coming months.

We have also been able to support local not-for-proft community organisations and events: Meals on Wheels, Longest Lunch, ChillOut Festival and Youth Skateboard. Working in the community

It is amazing, even only after six months, to be able to experience how a little idea with a big vision and focused effort can become such a fantastic reality for us.

Thanks to our staff for your hard work and to our friends and family who have given us their continued support. Special mention to Andrew, Kathryn, Bec and Brooke for the great surprise...

5 Months on...

Well, things have been incredibly busy here, with no time to update the News diary. And so much has happened I don't know where to start. We have been lucky enough to have articles and editorials in the Advocate News and Lost Magazine (Daylesford Region), The Courier (Ballarat), The Age and the Herald Sun.

We've also had a visit from the "Great Outdoors" crew, so we're looking forward for the segment to be shown. Easter has come and gone like a whirlwind and I think we are still recovering from the 'holidays'. Chris and I worked on entries in the 2004 Melbourne Food and Wine Easter Egg Competition. We have them on display in the shop until the end of April.


Easter Egg Hunt Down Under- close up of Chris' entry in the Melbourne Food and Wine Week Easter Egg Competition

5 Weeks on...

Here we are after Christmas and the New Year with lots of happy customers having passed through our doors. In the past five weeks if we got to bed before 2am we counted ourselves lucky- trying to keep up with the demand for our fresh hand-made chocolates. Some nights we worked 'til 4:30am gathering enough kangaroo poo to satisfy all of the almond connoiseurs.

People came not only from around the district but from all over Oz and also as far as Canada, Germany, Venezuela, South Korea, Japan, Malaysia, NZ, England, Scotland, USA and Switzerland.

Chocoholics of all ages were often spotted enjoying a choccy break on our strawbale benchseat.

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Hannah, Meg and Sam- 3 content chocoholics :-)

We also had our first "Official Chocoholics", Vanessa and Zdena. Many thanks from us for your fantastic support and encouragement.

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Vanessa and Zdena: Chocolate Mill's First Official Chocoholics

Our Opening...

We opened our doors on the 21st November, 2003. Thanks to all our friends and family for their ongoing support. Without you we wouldn't have made it. Here are a couple of images that we hope capture the spirit of our first day.


Tim, Chris, Jen and Joanne celebrate the end of Day 1 with champers :-)

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Beautiful flowers and wishes sent from our family in Canada and the guestbook for our opening

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Chocolate Mill in the Press

Here are some snippets of the reviews we've had in the press:

"...uncompromising commitment to quality" Epicure, The Age, 03/02/2004.

"Chocolate Lover's Heaven"Sunday Herald Sun, 11/06/2006

"The Chocolate Mill is one of those little out of the way finds" Country Style, Jan/Feb 2005

"Over 70 varieties of fresh chocolates�visitors are crowding to taste" Gourmet Traveller 02/2004

"Indulgent and sophisticated chocolates that produce wicked tastes" Herald Sun, 28/04/2004

"Their Port and Raisin Truffle�deliciously intoxicating" Epicure, The Age 24/10/2006

"�elevated one of life's great pleasures to a new level" Epicure, The Age 24/04/2007

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