Winter Blues

This is how we embrace the winter blues with our selection of the deliciously stylish and beautifully practical.

We constantly update our book titles and there is a rich selection of books to satisfy the cook in you this winter. Spice Journey by Shane Delia, The Nordic Cook by Magnuss Nilsson and all of Nigel Slater’s books will provide insight into great …

Zokoko Chocolate: Bean to Bar

Our constant pursuit in seeking out quality ingredients from Australia and around the world, led us to find some of the best chocolate we’ve tried in a while.

Zokoko Chocolate – the factory and cafe – is located in Emu Heights in New South Wales, at the foot of the Blue Mountains. The team are committed to a ‘bean to bar’ ethic (think paddock to plate but with chocolate) and …

Francois Doucet confectionary

Surrounded by the beauty of the Provincial countryside, a family of fruit growers and artisan confectionary makers in the south of France combine their talents to produce a spectacular range of confectionary treats.

For the chocolate range, local fruits and nuts are enrobed in gianduja (a rich combination of chocolate and hazelnut paste) and praline, then finished in gorgeously coloured chocolate candy.

Beautifully packaged, …

How to make a chocolate ganache (video)

Knowing how to make a good ganache is an essential part of successfully preparing countless desserts, pastries and other sweet masterpieces.

Easter with DreiMeister German chocolates

Chocolate has been associated with Easter for centuries. Long seen as the epitome of decadence, it has been the indulgence of choice for many as the Lent fasting period comes to an end.

While a philosophy of ‘quantity over quality’ seems to be in vogue when it comes to choosing Easter chocolate, we believe a finely crafted, elegantly packaged and, …

DreiMeister German Christmas chocolates

Christmas is a time for sharing, but it’s also a time to pause and appreciate the wonderful things life has to offer.

That’s why, this Christmas, we’re once again bringing you DreiMeister’s irresistible festive chocolate, perfect for impressing your guests at any Christmas celebration.

At The Essential Ingredient, we search the world for expert food producers who use only the best materials and …

Your new favourite: Chocolate-coated Brandy Truffle Stuffed Figs

The Essential Ingredient scours the globe to find the best food and cooking products, importing them exclusively into Australia.

These Rabitos Royale Chocolate-coated Brandy Truffle Stuffed Figs could be among our all-time favourites.

The small village of Almoharin, tucked into the Extremadura region of Spain, is famous for its figs. The unique climate enables the cultivation of the Parito variety of figs, …