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79 Main Road
Governors Bay, Canterbury, 8971
New Zealand

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Decadent Dates



where it all started... our first chocolate…

BEST IN CLASS & GOLD ~ NZ Chocolate Awards 2018

Once upon a time a chocolate was tasted by Oonagh, that was made by a beautiful elderly lady who had made it for a charity event for the local church in Melbourne. Oonagh fell in love instantly, divinely and asked for the recipe. Upon the first time making it, something happened, a magic and a voice inside that knew the next, that knew chocolate and the journey began as a deep passion and connection to chocolate as the creative voice that is inside everyone… read on below…


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The Decadent Date has evolved greatly from that day and was first sold at the Organic shops in Byron Bay and at that time Macadamia butter was used in the filling as the nuts grew locally.

Upon moving to Governors Bay Christchurch to be a part of the vision of She Universe, the Decadent Date made their first appearance at the Lyttelton Farmers Market on Christmas Eve 12 years ago (and sold out within an hour). From this one incredible chocolate, from this great love affair all in She (and we have had amazing Chocolatiers who have joined us for a time over the past 12 years) grew in our love and depth with chocolate, have created many more amazing flavours including of course our hot chocolate and the Sassy Sesame Snap that won Gold in last years chocolate awards and was create by AnnCharlotte (who you can meet at our Tannery shop).

The Decadent Date is now filled with local Canterbury Hazelnut butter, is fully organic, fair-trade, vegan and continually evolving in taste and magic. Oonagh remembers the first time making them on a commercial level (about 200). She hired a little commercial kitchen on a Macadamia farm locally in Byron Bay and had orders from three organic shops and was going to sell them at the farmers market. She ended up hitting a wall, bursting into tears and thinking - its not possible to make them in a big number, its just not possible I am going to stay with just making them for friends!

But of course the love of chocolate burned and she didn’t give up and the Jewel of the Decadent Date has just won a Gold medal in the NZ chocolate Awards. It is an accolade to know that we have no idea what is for us, but always have the courage to follow your heart, your light and the road will not necessarily be easy but it will be real and true and it will nourish your Being. And whenever in doubt, reach out for a Decadent Date and know it is encoded with your own infinite possibility that is beyond the known!!


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