For many years my older brother lived in Rose Bay in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney. Whenever he came to visit he would bring me goodies from a little store called Perfection Chocolates & Sweets. I adore their rocky road and nut cluster range. But being the chocolate fiend that I am, none of the treats would ever last too long. Recently I discovered Chocolate Johnny on Twitter and mentioned my love of his chocolate. Next thing I knew John had organised a care package for me. Feel the Twitter love!
Perfection Chocolates & Sweets was established by the Kapos family in 1939 and is still owned and operated by the Kapos family in 2012 (that’s 73 years and counting!) John Kapos’ dad was head chocolatier until he passed away 4 years ago, since then John (aka Chocolate Johnny) has taken over all things chocolate while his brother looks after confectionery and sweets. John’s wife manages accounts and retail operations and his mum still makes chocolates.
They make over 200 varieties of chocolate and confectionery. Can you imagine being their taste tester?! Holey moley, I think I would die! Just thinking about all that chocolate makes me hungry. When they make rocky road they make 50kg in one batch… once per week… that’s 2600kg a year!
John kindly sent me a whole box of goodies to try, wrapped in tissue paper and packaged carefully. So, what was inside?
Milk chocolate honeycomb clusters ($8.00 per 200g).
A nice change from whole honeycomb bars (Crunchie and Violet Crumble styles), I really enjoyed the cluster format. Perfection’s honeycomb is gorgeous with a rich honey flavour then doused in milk chocolate to form little clusters of magic. These little morsels are extremely moreish and an absolute delight. They were the first to disappear and Dylan’s favourite of the batch.
Dark almond bar ($50.00 per kg).
While the label said milk chocolate, it looked like dark chocolate, it tasted like dark chocolate, and I’m pretty sure it was dark chocolate. My bad if it was milk chocolate, but either way it was damn tasty. Any kind of nut and chocolate make for an awesome combination and the toasted almonds in bitter sweet dark chocolate were brilliant. This bar didn’t last long at all.
Cranberry and nut nougat ($6.00 per 200g).
The first thing I was hit by was sweetness, then nuttiness from the pistachios and walnuts, followed by the cranberries. The nougat was soft and giving, with a nutty aroma but at the end of the day the nougat was too sweet for me. I’m not a huge fan of nougat anyway but this was my least favourite of the stash.
Peanut brittle ($6.00 per 200g).
I can’t remember the last time I had peanut brittle but now I am wondering why. Perfection’s peanut brittle is mighty fine – it cracks and it’s brittle, the peanuts are nicely roasted and the brittle is superb with a gorgeous caramel flavour. I absolutely loved these and thought they would make a great salty sweet snack to nibble on at work.
Salted caramels ($6.00 per 200g).
When I read the label as Salted Caramels I expected to get a big hit of salt but this wasn’t so. The caramels were soft and creamy, sort of like a caramel fudge in some ways with a scattering of mixed nuts throughout and just a touch of salt.
Mellow rough bar ($3.00).
Coconut, marshmallow and milk chocolate – could there be a more perfect combination? I absolutely adored these bars except for the fact that I had to share them with Dylan. As you bite in to the pillowy soft marshmallow it springs back at the touch. It is soft, light and creamy with a lovely vanilla flavour, coated in toasted coconut and luscious milk chocolate. Think of a coconut rough from your primary school days, then multiple the awesomeness by a million. Incredibly moreish, I think I need another care package! Perfection have been making these bars since the 1950’s, how could I not have had one before now?! My new favourite!
There really is something for everyone at Perfection. I’m so glad I have now discovered their mellow rough bars (and can’t believe my brother never bought me one!) and will have to make a trip over the bridge for another fix soon.
And have you seen Perfection Chocolates’ Smash Cakes?! One word: AWESOME. I think I know what cake I’ll choose for my 30th!
A Food Story sampled goods courtesy of Perfection Chocolates.
Perfection Chocolates & Sweets
700 New South Head
Rose Bay NSW 2029
(02) 9371 7357
Perfection Chocolates’ Website