Welcome to Week 10 of my #Gauteng52 challenge, for which I will visit and blog about a new place in Gauteng Province every week for 52 straight weeks. This week I visit Chocoloza, a shop in Milpark selling handmade chocolates and chocolate drinks.

I’ve been writing a lot of long blog posts lately, so this is going to be a short one.

The Story of Chocoloza

There is a South African woman named Vicki, who used to have a 9-5 job before she decided to take a chocolate-making course while living in Belgium. Vicki moved back to South Africa and became a chocolatier. She opened Chocoloza in Milpark, at 44 Stanley. Chocoloza sells delicious, handmade Belgian chocolates and chocolate drinks, the likes of which I’ve never tasted before. Chocoloza is perfect. The end.

Inside ChocolozaInside Chocoloza. Simply Belgian, naturally African.

Chokoloza chocolate trayA tray of chocolate from Chocoloza. Top-left: An assortment of truffles. Bottom-left: Tea made with cocoa beans (lactose-free). Bottom-right: Hot milk. Top-right: Chocolate chips to stir into the milk, making the best hot chocolate I’ve ever tasted.

Chocolates Chocolates for sale. There are free samples, too.

Andrea in Chocoloza
My lovely friend Andrea in front of the Chocoloza menu.

Okay, that’s not the end. Here are a few things I loved about my visit to Chocoloza:

  1. This is extremely high-end food but the shop isn’t pretentious. Vicki doesn’t call her chocolates “craft” or “bespoke” or “naked” or “raw” — they’re just chocolates that she makes and they are delicious.
  2. Chocoloza’s decor is simple, fun, and inviting. I liked looking into the chocolate-making area.
  3. It was really fun to make my own hot chocolate.
  4. Chocoloza’s chocolate isn’t overly sweet, with just the right amount of sugar.
  5. The chocolates and drinks are well priced considering how great they taste.
  6. Vicki is a super-nice, interesting person who is passionate about chocolate.

Vicki and her chocolates Vicki and her chocolates. I can’t remember which flavor these particular chocolates are…possibly basil lime.

If you like chocolate (you’re weird if you don’t), Chocoloza is a slam dunk for your next coffee date. There’s nothing more I need to say. The end (for reals).

Chocoloza is at 44 Stanley Avenue in Milpark. Call +27-10-900-4892.

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