Charley’s Chocolate Factory wins international award

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Charley’s Chocolate Factory in Queensland’s far north has won an international cocoa award in Paris.

Australian Associated Press  NOVEMBER 3, 2017  3:51PM

Chocolate from a small far north Queensland town has hit the spot for judges in an international cocoa competition.

Charley’s Chocolate Factory in Mission Beach beat entrants from all over the world to win an International Cocoa Award at the recent event in Paris.

Chris Jahnke, who runs the factory with his wife Lynn, told AAP they were “gobsmacked to have beaten major cocoa producing countries”.

Their single origin chocolate bar was judged on 12 flavour profiles, such as sweetness and bitterness, by blindfolded chocolatiers and sensory evaluation experts.

Mr Jahnke said chocolate is fast becoming its own movement with “chocolate aficionados” travelling countries to see and taste the best.

“People are travelling to Mission Beach just to see us,” he said.

The couple, who used to trade in women’s handbags, moved from Melbourne only four years ago to establish their new venture.

The factory’s name may invoke Willy Wonka comparisons – but the ‘Charley’ comes from a John Steinbeck book on his travels with a chocolate standard poodle of the same name.

The couple’s next step will be the creation of the ‘Australian Chocolate Centre’ with an application already with the Queensland government.

“Food tourism is one of those growth industries. We get international visitors and are expecting more,” he added.

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