On chocolate, culture and getting out of the dog house
you are the only one who hasn’t heard, Darrell Lea is in administration. Who
knows what will happen from here but out of respect, it’s time to pause a
moment and reflect on something important.
Darrell Lea is an Australian
If you’re of our era
you probably grew up with Darrell Lea. It was part of a birthday present, it
was on the Christmas table, it was a special treat.
One of my most
favourite childhood memories was Gran taking us into ‘town’ to see a movie
during the school holidays. We would eat lunch at The Store (Hobartians think
Fitzies) which had the most delicious food imaginable – a chip buttie with
gravy (I still love them #what’snottolove). We also got to choose a Darrell Lea treat for during the movie. It was always the peppermint bar.
Better than Cadbury’s
This might upset the
Vandemonians but Darrell Lea’s is better than Cadbury’s chocolate. It’s nowhere
near as good as Lindt or South Australia’s Haigh’s but it’s got a few
Out of respect for an
end to an era let’s reminisce.
Chocolate walnut log:
It truly is hard to find the words. Picture this walnut pieces pressed into
soft jersey-esque caramel and covered in rich dark chocolate. Saturday night DVD-watching and chocolate-eating pick of the bunch!
pudding/Easter nougat egg. The idea that these items will no longer be in my
life is almost too much to bear. Half my family has an addiction to them. Another
childhood memory. I’m six and my sister Michelle has just returned from her
honeymoon. I missed her terribly and she showed up with the Easter nougat egg.
It was the most delicious thing I had ever experienced. And that’s how it all
It’s just too much of
wrong to think that I won’t be able to scoff another in one sitting and make
myself completely sick.
The Maple Nougat.
There’s not much I can say except without it…I just can’t….
Recent memory: fancy
chocolates sold individually from damaged gift boxes. I bought ALL the maple
nougats. Like, ALL!
Chocolate as connection and
My Tuesday’s Facebook
lament over Darrell Lea’s demise highlighted that they are loved and another important point....
18 hours ago near South Hobart via mobile
Darrell Lea belly up? No more chocolate walnut log... Or
chocolate peanut brittle ..Or ...OMG the Xmas nougat pudding...or the freakin
Easter nougat egg with little chick on top ...or my childhood fav, the
peppermint bar ...or....this is just SO unjust! Time to mobilise! The people
united, will never be defeated!
John what does one buy for the lady when in the dog house
now!!!!!!! can only go back to old chocolate coated bullets. OR cakes from the
post earlier today.
18 hours ago · Unlike · 1
Janet Cheer up,
might be fans too. Maybe they will turn things around...
18 hours ago via mobile · Unlike · 1
18 hours ago via
mobile · Unlike
Very sad day indeed
18 hours ago · Unlike
Dark chocolate-coated aniseed rings! Have
I contributed by
buying too much
18 hours ago via mobile · Like · 1
Skye @John, to answer that question I'd need to
first know why you're in
the dog house.....
ago via mobile · Like
Marc There's always Haighs!....oh no, that's right: not
available in Tas. R u gonna die?
16 hours ago via mobile · Unlike · 1
12 hours ago via mobile · Like
Skye @Marc unless you send me another care
12 hours ago via mobile · Like
John morning Skye....a number of little
things get me
in the DG. things
like forgetting J's birthday, our anniversary, not having chilled wine on
call, little things
Skye @John you're gonna
need more than Darrell Lea for that litany!
about an hour ago via
mobile · Like
This caused me to
reflect on a more fundamental role Darrell Lea has played in bringing people
Not so long ago I
introduced the other Girl About Town to chocolate-coated peanut brittle. I am
now officially a drug pusher and she’s about to go cold turkey. They were a
little treat occasionally brought back to work to share, now I realise too
Ange is thinking ahead to Father's Day now because a bag of liquorice has always been part of the gift.
I was also thinking about
what my friend John had to say on Facebook. Darrell Lea’s has helped make
repairs and patch things up too. Sure they wouldn’t help diffuse North Korea but a
lot of potential is contained in a box of assorted chocolates brought home
when it's most needed.
In Darrell Lea’s
demise, we may need to find new ways of connecting with each other through
chocolate. It will be a tough gig but in the interests of our wellbeing and our
relationships, I’ll give it a whirl.
And if you haven’t
caught up with the news you can check out this article in The Australian. And to the journos who
thought the headline was funny…you can bugger off, this is not a laughing matter.
Ginger, soft centre, turkish delight, what’s your favourite?