Valentines is around the corner. The famous gift that couple uses to gift and receive from one another is CHOCOLATE! 🍫 I was glad to have the opportunity to visit Harriston Chocolate at Taman Shamelin Perkasa. What’s more interesting is that I got to make my own chocolate at their DIY Workshop. The place is very easy to be spotted. If you found yourself looking at a building cover with beautiful art of cocoa tree, you know you’re at the right place.
About Harriston Harriston is a brand that is born and breed in Malaysia. It was established by a group of talented and dedicated chocolate makers who owns Harriston Artisan, Harriston Boutique and Harriston Signature. Harriston is founded in 2005 by S.C. Teng, a man who spend his childhood till now loving chocolate and envisaged a world famous chocolate emporium in Malaysia. Do you know? Now Harriston is one of the largest homegrown chocolate makers who have served over more then 4 million customers from over 80 different countries around the world. What’s more? It also own 5 flagship store around Malaysia which include KualaLumpur, Penang and Pahang.
Store TourUpon arrival we were brought and told about the history and achievements of Harriston. Here are the achievements achieved by them.
2016Best Choice Recognition 2016 by Malaysian Inbound Tourism Association (MITA) 2017
- Gold Award Tourism Boutique Outlet 2017 by Malaysia Tourism Council
- Sin Chew Business Excellences Award 2017 by Sin Chew Daily
We were then told and explain how chocolate was made. It was interesting to me, looking at the pictures and knowing how it was made, which is something new to me. Since young I’ve been in love with chocolate and eating them but never did I know the process of how it was made step by step.
There are basically 3 types of chocolate which usually come across. That would be Dark Chocolate, White Chocolate and Milk Chocolate. There were also many fun facts that were shown to us by Mr Shahrel. He is one of the friendly staff that show us around throughout our whole visit.
The chocolate that Harriston uses to produce their chocolate is none other than 100% pure cocoa butter and ingredients that have gone through special selections in adherence to ISO 9001, HALAL certificate requirements. In addition, rigorous quality control and international hygiene standards have been follow to ensure the freshness, quality and variety can be found in all of their outlets.
As many of you know, one of Malaysia most popular fruit which is Durian, can be found in store. It is because Harriston provide more than 300 variety of choices to choose from. There are mixture of dark and white chocolate, to one of the classic flavour tiramisu to exotic fruits and herb flavour which you might not be able to find elsewhere. Such as Tongkat Ali chocolate and like I mention above, Durian chocolate. In order to serve all of their customers, they even have sugar-free chocolate for health conscious people.
You can visit Harriston anytime. There are many testers to taste all their unique flavours. Just walk to each section and their friendly staff would walk up to you with their sample. I am quite sure you have never tried curry or even chili 🌶 chocolate. I was really surprise when I heard and tried out those flavours. You can feel the curry taste in your mouth or even that hint of spicyness after swallowing the chili chocolate.
- Valentines Chocolate Packaging 💕
- Chinese New Year Chocolate Packaging 🍊
After having so many chocolate to taste, we couldn’t forget about beverages! They serve really tasty chocolate drink that would make you crave for more after having just one cup. You can taste the richeness of the chocolate all in one cup.
DIY WorkshopHarriston provides diy workshop for anyone who is interested in making their own personalized chocolate. They provided each of us certain materials and mold. Demo and instructions will be given by one of the friendly staff. The directions are very straight forward and clear. It’s really fun as it was my first time making my own chocolate.
The workshop is open to public for ages above 3 years old. The diy session would be hands on work which would also depends on your own creativity. Each session would be around an hour long and would cost only RM35. It would be something meaningful to bring home with. A memory that you can keep and bring along the art that you created.
- This are the materials given
- In the process of making my own hands on chocolate.
- My masterpiece 😂 I tried, it’s not as easy as the demo, needs a lot of controlling and patience.
Overall it was a really great experience and I really had fun during the diy workshop along with exploring lots of new flavours of chocolate. Here’s a groupie!
10 & 12, Jalan 13/91,
Taman Shamelin Perkasa,
Jalan Cheras, 56100 Kuala Lumpur,
Pusat Perlancongan Malaysia (MATIC)
139 Jalan Ampang,
50450 Kuala Lumpur,
Gohtong Jaya, Genting Highland
1 & 2, Jalan Jati 1,
Bandar Gohtong Jaya,
69000 Genting Highland,
Tel: +603-6100 2010
68, Jalan Kelawei, 10250,
20-D, Jalan Bagan Jermal,
Tel: +604 226 7010
Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday (9am-6pm)
Monday – Sunday (9am-8pm) [Harriston Boutique, Jalan Ampang]