Koko Black, Indooroopilly

Smooth, rich, creamy - it's everything you want from a chocolate and it's now at Indooroopilly Shopping Centre at Koko Black.

With a range of premium chocolates backed by a cafe serving hot chocolate and chocolate-themed desserts, this Koko Black store has plenty to tempt.

Taking pride of place in the entrance are cabinets filled with rows of gleaming chocolates - white, milk dark, classic belgian truffles, salted caramels, hazelnut clusters. You can build your own chocolate gift boxes from the extensive selection.

Particularly pretty are the walnut chocolates which have half an organic walnut encased in a chocolate shell.  Koko Black founder Shane Hills says the walnuts are picked straight from the farm by Koko Black employees, then roasted and turned into chocolates.  Once they run out of the fresh walnuts, that's it, no more walnut chocolates!

There are slabs of Tasmanian leatherwood honeycomb sandwiched between chocolate and chocolates on a stick to satisfy small and larger children.

Behind it all sits the cafe where the most popular chocolates are turned into desserts.  There's large tables but also plenty of tables for two as Hills says that their customers often come in pairs to enjoy the chocolate experience, without their iPads.

Hills is particularly proud of the Koko Black ice cream which comes in vanilla and chocolate but it's the mango and vanilla ice cream spectacular dessert that is a must try.

Do not miss the chance to try Koko Black's version of a hot chocolate with thick, rich flavour and dark chocolate overtones, which takes between 45 minutes to two hours to brew and reduce. Luckily they pre-prepare! The $4 baby hot chocolate is still an adult friendly size.

There's also a small menu of savoury items so you can keep your sweets as dessert if you wish.

Koko Black is a family owned chain with multiple Melbourne outlets and stores in Canberra, Adelaide, Perth and Queenstown.

Bottom line: Dessert prices range from $10 to $16.
Best tip: Share a dessert degustation ($26) and taste your way through five desserts in one sitting.

Kerry Heaney

Disclaimer: Ed+bK was a guest of Koko Black

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