Lief Chocolates started in 2006 supplying the Eumundi markets and the Brisbane chocolate shops. Now in beautiful Maleny and with a shiny new chocolate factory, we’re waiting for you to come visit us!

Whether you’re coming up for a wedding, or part of a coach tour or want to get your hands messy in one of our workshops… call in and see for yourself how chocolate should be made and talk to the people who make it.

We use the best Belgian chocolate couverture for our bars then load them generously with the topping and wrap them in clear bags so you can see exactly what you’re getting. No fake compound chocolate and definitely no preservatives or artificial flavours. While our chocolates will last months if stored correctly they are best eaten fresh. Well, who can wait anyway?

In 2016 Lief Chocolates moved to Maleny and rebranded as Maleny Chocolate Company. 2019 saw the need for expansion and so a larger factory and retail outlet was built in Maple St, Maleny. Our principles have never let us add preservatives, artificial flavourings or vegetable oils to lengthen shelf life or cheapen production costs. You’ll taste the difference.

Come to Maleny…

Come to Maleny for your fresh chocolate fix. Just an hour from Brisbane or 30 minutes from the Sunshine Coast. Watch the chocolates being made in our factory then grab some bargains to take home from the factory outlet cafe.

Everything You Need To Know About Chocolate

Are there any health benefits from dark chocolate?

As reported in Medical News Today, dark chocolate has been found to be beneficial in…

  1. reducing LDL cholesterol levels
  2. improving blood flow to the brain and reducing memory loss in older people
  3. lowering risk of heart disease
  4. lowering risk of stroke
  5. boosting oxygen availability for athletes
Is it vegan?

Vegan chocolate is any chocolate made without ingredients that come from animals. So look for chocolate bars with a minimal number of ingredients.Typically the ingredients will include cocoa butter but this natural cocoa fat is vegan. High quality dark chocolate is a great option for vegans. Look for a cacao content of 50% or more. Dried fruits, nuts, and mint are all vegan friendly however caramels, truffles, and any milk or white chocolate all contain dairy products. There are many versions of veganism and some will be so strict as to not eat honeycomb as honey can be considered an animal by-product. Find what works for you and enjoy!

Is the chocolate ethically sourced?

We use Belgian chocolate (Callebaut) not only for a superior taste but also for their transparent sustainability policy. To safeguard the future of cocoa, Callebaut helps farmers to increase their yields through training as well as increasing their incomes by paying premium prices to farmers.

How do I best store chocolate?

Put it in an air tight container so the cocoa butter in your chocolate doesn’t absorb smells and end up tasting like that cake of soap nearby. Then just store in a cool, dark and dry place, ideally below about 21 degrees and below 50% relative humidity. Stored under ideal conditions solid chocolate will keep for over a year while filled chocolates like pralines and truffles will last around 2-3 months (unless full of preservatives and nasty chemicals to make them last years).

Why is it bad to store chocolate in the fridge?

Firstly it will pick up moisture and food odours in the fridge (think smelly blue cheese, garlic etc). The appearance and the taste of the chocolate will deteriorate. Secondly when you bring the cool chocolate into a warm room, condensation droplets will form on the surface of the chocolate causing sugar bloom. If you have chocolate in an air tight container in the fridge, let the container come back to room temperature before opening (if you can wait that long!)

What is wrong with palm oil in chocolate products?

Palm oil is a cheap alternative to cocoa butter that some chocolate makers will use to reduce costs. However this produces an inferior tasting chocolate. Environmentally, as the land is cleared for new palm oil plantations, serious issues of deforestation, erosion, silting of vital waterways and habitat degradation occur. We encourage consumers not to buy products that contain vegetable oil (palm oil).

What is chocolate bloom?

If the chocolate has a whitish colour with a rough texture like sandpaper, it has sugar bloom – crystals have formed due to moisture on the sugar. Your chocolate has been stored in a damp place like a refrigerator. A smooth whitish colour on the other hand will be fat bloom. This is simply the cocoa butter separating from the cocoa solids and coming to the surface. Either way, it will be fine to eat or just melt it down and re-work after tempering.

Is white chocolate really chocolate?

White chocolate is made with a blend of sugar, cocoa butter, milk products, vanilla, and a fatty substance called lecithin. So you could say it’s just sweetened fat. Technically, white chocolate is not a chocolate—and it doesn’t really taste like one—because it doesn’t contain chocolate solids.

Why do cyclists often eat dark chocolate?

Researchers who studied cyclists doing time trials in the United Kingdom found that “After eating dark chocolate, the riders used less oxygen when cycling at a moderate pace and also covered more distance in a two-minute flat-out time trial.”

What is ‘Fake’ chocolate?

This is the name we give to ‘compound’ chocolate. It is made of cocoa powder and vegetable fats like palm kernel oil or coconut oil. It looks like chocolate, tastes a bit like chocolate but has no lasting taste and an inferior snap and mouth feel. You will also usually notice a much longer list of ingredients and additives on the back label.