Julie Walters of Chocolate Country Montville has taken her business into the world of wholesale. Photo: John McCutcheon / Sunshine Coast Daily
Julie Walters of Chocolate Country Montville has taken her business into the world of wholesale. Photo: John McCutcheon / Sunshine Coast Daily

Chocolatier gives world a taste of the Coast

SHOWCASING strawberries from Palmview and fingerlimes from Beerwah, a chocolatier is about to give the world a taste of the Coast.

Chocolate Country at Montville has dipped into the world of wholesale, sending its handmade treats interstate.

And owner Julie Walters said the future was looking sweet.

"We've got so many loyal customers who were asking us where else they could buy our chocolates or tourists wondering if they could source them back home," Ms Walters said.

"I realised if people were asking for it, then there was a market there."

In the past several weeks Chocolate Country has secured three outlets to stock its products- Kitchen Mojo at Buderim, Black Market Espresso Bar at Mooloolaba and Pure Indulgence Fine Chocolates at Darwin.

"We're hoping to supply to more interstate outlets and, who knows, we may even go international if all works out," Ms Walters said.

Julie Walters of Chocolate Country Montville has taken her business into the world of wholesale. Photo: John McCutcheon
Julie Walters of Chocolate Country Montville has taken her business into the world of wholesale. Photo: John McCutcheon

She bought the Chocolate Country cafe five years ago and, alongside a fellow chocolatier, worked to swap all outsourced sweets with in-house creations.

Ms Walters puts their success down to "clean, fresh and pronounced" flavours sourced locally.

"We're all about using Belgian chocolate because it's the creamiest chocolate you can get, but that means a lot of air miles importing it," she said.

"So we try to balance that out by sourcing as much as we can from Coast and surrounds."

HONEYCOMB HEAVEN: Julie Walters of Chocolate Country Montville has taken her business into the world of wholesale. Photo: John McCutcheon
HONEYCOMB HEAVEN: Julie Walters of Chocolate Country Montville has taken her business into the world of wholesale. Photo: John McCutcheon

The puree used in their ganache uses strawberries from Palmview's Strawberry Fields and Green Valley fingerlimes while cream is sourced from Cooloola Milk.

From the feedback she has received so far, Ms Walters predicts their trademark chocolate will be one made from Maleny Kookaburra Organics' honeycomb.

The business was purchased five years ago by Ms Walters who works with a fellow chocolatier to create more than 100 batches of sweets a week.

"We use the feedback we get in our store to decipher what works and what doesn't," Ms Walters said.

"And of course we taste it too.

"I sacrifice my waistline for the general public."

Chocolate Country will continue to work with the region's Food and Agribusiness Network to grow its wholesale business.