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The story of the nationally famous Haigh's Chocolates from Adelaide

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<i>Haigh's Chocolates, Enjoyed for generations</i> by Barbara Santich

Haigh's Chocolates, Enjoyed for generations by Barbara Santich

A Collaboration made in chocolate heaven
A Collaboration made in chocolate heaven
A Collaboration made in chocolate heaven


In 1915, Alfred Haigh opened his first Haigh’s store in Adelaide’s Beehive Building. From this modest beginning, Haigh’s Chocolates has thrived to become Australia’s oldest family-owned chocolate maker, and a leader in the art of making premium chocolate from the cocoa bean.

The family’s fourth generation leads one of the country’s most innovative businesses, selling its chocolates in fourteen stores across Australia and online, delighting chocolate lovers around the world.

In celebration of Haigh’s centenary, Enjoyed for Generations tells the story of Haigh’s Chocolates and the chocolate industry over the last century. International culinary historian and author Barbara Santich dips into the Haigh’s family and business archives to reveal how Alfred Haigh’s passion for confectionery and chocolate grew into the successful family business it is today.

Along the way, Barbara explores a vast range of topics including the role of horse racing and horse-breeding in helping Haigh’s through the Great Depression, the importance of chocolate during World War II and the impact of John Haigh’s training with the Swiss masters at Lindt & Sprüngli on the family’s chocolate-making process, just to name a few.

This compelling social history is illustrated with hundreds of historic photographs. It brings to life not only the story of the Haigh’s family but, the story of chocolate itself.

About the author

Barbara Santich is an internationally respected culinary historian and the author of seven books.

For many years she taught food history and culture, and food writing, at the University of Adelaide. Her book on Australian eating traditions, Bold  Palates: Australia’s Gastronomic Heritage (2012), was shortlisted in the Nonfiction category of the 2013 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards.

Barbara Santich lives in South Australia and her favourite Haigh’s product is chocolate ginger.


Enjoyed for Generations by Barbara Santich is published by Wakefield Press (SA, Dec 2015, HB, 256pp,  RRP A$69.95). It is available in good bookstores or directly from the publisher » subscribers receive a 20% discount on direct sales from Wakefield Press  find further details on how to claim your discount here »  

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