chocolate in the gardens


It’s about time some more chocolate research was undertaken, don’t you think? On a crazy balmy winter day this week (25 degrees mid winter – what is going on, Sydney?!), we ventured forth to the Royal Botanic Gardens to explore the new building the Calyx, which is essentially a new glasshouse and marks the gardens’ second centenary in 2016.


And the opening exhibition is called Sweet Addiction, the botanic story of chocolate, prominently sponsored by Lindt.


The new building is quite attractive and a bit space age


with the most striking element inside of the southern hemisphere’s largest vertical garden. It really is beautiful and breathes such a fresh, herby scent as you walk through the exhibit.



They have the plants frequently sprayed by mist from within and above the wall


which is bursting with herbs, colour and flowers



and plants  here replicating a box of chocolates.


The Sweet Addiction exhibition charts the history of chocolate with lots of fun facts dating back from the Mayan history



and I thought my tea consumption was excessive!

More fun facts –


I’m sure this practice continues today – compound chocolate anyone?

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Yes, of course chocolate is a superfood, whoever doubted that?

And there are some classic quotes


including an homage to chocoholics.


I love the phrase “I have reconciled myself to chocolate”


As you leave there’s a very Mardi Gras rainbow flag wall.


Look closer and you will see it’s a gazillion Lindt balls glued to a wall


oh and did I mention Lindt? Here’s a replica of the conche apparently invented by Rodolphe Lindt in 1879 situated as you exit via the gift shop stacked with – you guessed it, Lindt chocolates!


Being a veteran of previous chocolate exhibitions in Switzerland, I must say I was a little underwhelmed by this one and felt it was a tad overpriced at $15 although the setting in the Royal Botanic Gardens is unbeatable.

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