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Melba's Chocolate & Confectionery

22 Henry St, Woodside, South Australia 5244, Australia
+61 8 8389 7868
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Melba's Chocolate Factory is a 'working' tourism factory located in a heritage listed complex 40 minutes from Adelaide at Woodside in the Adelaide Hills. From 1919 the South Australian Farmers Cooperative Union made the site famous by producing cheese, butter, margarine and small goods, which were recognised worldwide. This activity ceased in 1976. From that year, the buildings lay abandoned until 1990 when the current proprietors and directors, Joy and Graeme Foristal arrived. With 1940's era chocolate and confectionery making equipment, they began their dream making old Australian favourite chocolate and confectionery. The complex developed from there and is now known as 'Heritage Park' and has become home to other cottage industries. Visitors today find the old cheese factory transformed into a large emporium styled confectionery factory shop. This is a centerpiece for 5 different rooms, where various manufacturing processes can be viewed. These are the Chocolate Room, Depositing Room, Packing Room, Panning Room and Toffee Room. Visitors are encouraged to speak to the staff who have mastered the use of the heritage equipment, making old fashioned favourites in the time honoured tradition. Old favourites such as, Inch Licorice Block, Traffic Lights and Rocky Road. To tempt chocolate lovers, there is the constant aroma of chocolate and confectionery being made.....yum! An additional interesting feature is the collection of antique and quaint memorabilia from times past, which can be found on display around the factory walls. All in all, this package makes the factory a popular family attraction as well as a significant Hill's destination for families, groups, charters and interstate, national and international visitors.
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22 Henry St, Woodside, South Australia 5244, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one oversized lollie shop plenty of variety can be busy at times factory was not running due to xmas break still lots to chose from a few small samples to taste .

Thank Gary D
Reviewed 1 week ago

Not that exciting but kids loved the free samples. Lots of chocolates to choose from to buy. The cafe only served drinks. I would not go there just for this attraction.More

Thank Glen B
Tom F, Marketing at Melba's Chocolate & Confectionery, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hi Glen Thank you for your review. That's a shame you must have visited at a time when production wasn't at its peak. Typically we are producing all day with scattered breaks around lunch time. As you would have seen, our cafe is set up...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Not much to enjoy; some chocolate sampling is there - but nothing exciting. Have a cheese factory next door with some good cheese (expensive though).More

Thank Gayan K
Tom F, Marketing at Melba's Chocolate & Confectionery, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hi Gayan As you would have seen, our factory is a heritage factory, being an old cheese factory transformed into a large emporium style chocolate and confectionery factory shop. We use heritage equipment and make old fashioned favourites in the time honoured tradition. We have...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

En route to Hahndorf we stopped by and loved the charm of this sweet lovers paradise. Their were tasty offerings to sample and workers who still worked this little place. We watched one of the workers lay out jelly snakes ready to be chic coated...More

Thank Chanda P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The day we went it was very busy and packed hard to walk around, not much happening in the factory so was pretty much a large chocolate shop, quite expensive, unfortunately didn't spend to much time inside as it was so packed, saying that if...More

Thank Travelmummi
Tom F, Marketing at Melba's Chocolate & Confectionery, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hi Travelmummi, Thank you for your review - we appreciate all feedback. The Christmas/New Year and School Holiday break is a very busy time for us with lots of visitors! Unfortunately it seems you came at a time when our production was not high. Often...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went then as part of our trip to Beerenberg. Its about 15 mins further long Onkaparinga Valley Rd. Surprisingly better than I expected. You can see some chocolate making and there is great range of it to buy., There is also a cheese factory...More

Thank Robert G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a surprise that Melbas was open on a Saturday night in December. Just visited Lobethal Lights then a short trip to this delightful chocolate factory. You enter via old fashioned turnstiles and can view all the chocolate making. Bonus is free samples in each...More

Thank sonya_gepp
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited last night at about 9.30pm. We spoke to the owner Tom. What a lovely young gentlemen who has the best attitude towards his staff, business and his customers. Melbas has such a large variety of chocolate and lollies. My favourite is the chocolate sultanas....More

Thank Debbie23294
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This fully functioning chocolate factory is centred around a pretty old worlde gift shop that transports you back in time to a Willy Wonker esque world. Staff were friendly, chocolate tasty and a cute little cafe.

Thank Lantern G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A lovely and genuine chocolate factory. It offers wide range of chocolate/gifts and it has different shapes and sizes of chocolates too. The staffs are great and friendly. They also have small boxes of chocolates for you to taste around the factory. If you chocolate,...More

Thank Emily L
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Natalïe M
March 20, 2017|
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Response from Tom F | Property representative |
Hi Natalie, Thanks for your question. Reaching us is easy via the National Highway M1. Follow the prompts out of the city and head towards the hills. Once you've reached Hahndorf, exit and turn left at the roundabout... More