In our Original Fix chocolates, we don't add any sugar or preservatives to our ganash. We know this reduces the shelf life, but we are happy to make this compromise so that when you taste our fresh chocolate you really know what you have been missing out on. It’s the same with the ice cream…the ice cream coming out of the batch freezer is so light and creamy, so full of subtle flavour you will want to keep coming back for more.
Jon, an organic dairy farmer and petrol head from way back, used to like nothing more than to hang out in a paddock with his cows and his kids. He is also an avid bush walker and lover of Tasmanian wilderness. After a year of avoiding all responsibility by travelling overseas we sensibly decided our sea change would be to south coast of NSW and to our new business called ‘The Original Fix’ and not to Tassy.
Marion on the other hand, got to ‘The Original Fix’ via 4 kids, numerous part time jobs, a couple of attempts at academic pursuits and one completed owner builder house…and Jon. Having never done any bushwalking I followed Jon around the world hauling everything I would need for a year on my back including our cooking gear and our accommodation. After that, I thought setting up shop would be easy!
I had made chocolates at the Prahran Market at one of Melbourne’s first boutique chocolate and coffee shops. On the other hand, Jon had never made ice cream but took to the other end of dairy production like a pro.
It’s easy to come to work every day as we are making great natural products in a great natural setting. Merimbula on the south coast of NSW, is a beautiful place to live and work…maybe with the exception of Christmas time when Marion loudly declares that being on a sinking ship is easier than doing the Christmas staff rosters!
Marion stands at her chocolate bench catching glimpses of the sparkling ocean off the Sapphire Coast and Jon works in the kitchen catching glimpses of Marion. He is usually busy making ice cream using organic milk and any ingredients he can find from local sources to make our wonderfully creamy and uniquely flavoured ice creams. When he’s not making ice cream he is busy preparing and serving our tasty range of breakfasts and lunches….my real aim is to keep the locals safe by keeping him very busy in the kitchen so he has little time to run amok in his very fast car. We like to serve the type of food we like to eat…no artificial colours or preservatives, fresh and tasty, often organic and regularly gluten free…why do they put gluten in cans of kidney beans? We also serve great coffee and for the coffee buffs we have nine blends to choose from but also 50 different types of teas to sit down with or to take home for later.
The question most people ask us is how did we get into making chocolates and ice cream. I was doing my usual and looking for a bit of casual work and answered an advertisement for a kitchen hand and this is what I got; a new career as a chocolate maker. While Jon, in his role as one of the directors of the organic dairy farmers co-op in Victoria, bumped into few ice cream makers, asked lots of questions, found out lots of stuff, stored lots if information and decided that he might like to make ice cream too. Our interest in producing and supplying quality products lead us to set up our shop in Merimbula and now our online busness.
Jon and I have found out in 3yrs of making that many flavours ‘cross over’ nicely. My chilli in dark chocolate has become his hot chocolate ice cream and has extended into his chilli, coconut and lime ice cream; his forest berry sorbet has become my berry hearty chocolate; and our pure velvet has become the most amazing gluten free truffle cake you have ever eaten.
Our chocolates have no added sugar or preservatives and while we know this reduces the shelf life, we are happy to have it so because when you taste a fresh chocolate you really know what you have been missing out on. It’s the same with the ice cream…the ice cream coming out of the batch freezer is so light and creamy, so full of subtle flavour you will want to keep coming back for more.
You will find us up the hill in Merimbula. We have comfortable restaurant type seating with a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere, a large shady deck and sunny courtyard to sit and enjoy our wonderful environment. Being a little out of the way, allows our customers to relax and savour their little ‘moments of pleasure’.