Whether you’re craving an indulgence while practising social distancing, or seeking inspiration for your Easter shopping, Lonely Planet’s Global Chocolate Tour may be just the sweet treat you need.

Published by Lonely Planet Food, Lonely Planet’s Global Chocolate Tour explores the world’s best experiences for chocolate lovers, and is the fourth instalment in Lonely Planet Food’s Global Tour series, following Global Beer Tour (2017), Global Coffee Tour (2018), and Global Distillery Tour (2019).

Australia is represented in the book by 11 chocolate businesses, many of which currently remain open for online shopping and/or takeaway, including Ms Peacock (Bowral, NSW), Haigh’s Chocolates (Parkside, SA), The Menz Fruchocs Shop (Hahndorf, South Australia), Hunted + Gathered (Melbourne), Koko Black (Melbourne), Mörk Chocolate Brew House (North Melbourne), Yarra Valley Cholaterie & Ice Creamery (Yarra Glen, Vic), and Temper Temper (Margaret River, WA).

Lonely Planet’s Global Chocolate Tour spans six continents and includes favourites from Lonely Planet writers across the world, including media spokesperson Chris Zeiher. Chris hopes the book’s delicious content will inspire armchair travellers to support local chocolatiers during these challenging times.

“With Easter upon us, I’d encourage Australians to rally behind the local businesses featured in Lonely Planet’s Global Chocolate Tour and order up some treats via their online shops,” Chris says. “We’ve always endeavoured at Lonely Planet to profile impressive small- and medium-sized businesses who are best-in-class at what they do — and these operations now need our help to ensure their continued existence.”

“Indulge in a Dark Chocolate Easter Bilby from Adelaide institution Haigh’s; splurge on a tin of hot chocolate from the cacao artisans at North Melbourne’s Mörk Chocolate Brew House; or sample the gluten-free, no-dairy, veganfriendly Dark Horse + Superfoods block from Temper Temper in Margaret River,” Chris suggests.

“You may not be able to visit these places right now,” Chris adds, “but you can have their wonderful treats delivered directly to your door.”

LONELY PLANET’S GLOBAL CHOCOLATE TOUR is available online and wherever books are sold for RRP AU$26.99.