Koko Black, and Stone Tools

Having a sweet tooth is an advantage for a hunter gatherer. On that sort of diet sweet foods, and calories, are difficult to find. These days a sweet tooth is not so useful, but I’m always looking for excuses to indulge mine. A day outdoors, investigating remnants of tool making by hunters, is the perfect excuse to say you’ve burned enough calories to earn a sweet treat.


For a Chocoholic Sydneysider one of the best sweet treats in Canberra is Koko Black. First though, we had to earn our chocolate by exercising. Luckily we had the pleasure of doing this in springtime in Namadgi National Park. We were looking for Aboriginal stone tool making sites.


The remnants of stone tool making are flakes which have split off from the tool when it was being shaped. The site we visited was located on a sunny granite outcrop above a creek, but the flakes were from a fine-grained igneous rock. The raw materials for the tools must have been mined elsewhere.


Our fearless leader lead us to the site using his antique GPS. Dating to the 1990s it even predated graphics. You needed a separate compass to use the bearing the GPS unit calculated for you.


Back in Canberra we had worked up our appetites, so after dinner we headed to Koko Black. The Chocolate Icecream Martini is hard to resist, with it’s intensely flavoured icecream served with fudge sauce and an artistic chocolate curl.


The Chocolate Tart is very rich, and accompanied by a contrasting orange cream.

Leaving without visiting the chocolate counter was impossible, and I came home with a little paper bag of goodies. My old favourite Baileys was a must, and the new honey ganache turned out to be good too. Most impressive though, was the rum and raisin, which managed to taste very fruity without actually containing any chewy bits. It might be my new favourite.


It’s nice to get your sugar fix as honey ganache, rather than having to gather wild honey. Being a hunter gatherer can’t have been easy. At springtime in Canberra the bees are feasting on wattle, but I’m glad I’m not the one who has to rob them of their honey.

Koko Black
Canberra Centre
Bunda St
City ACT

Ratings (out of 5 snorts)

Price 3 snorts
Taste 4 snorts
Service 4 snorts
Atmosphere 3 snorts

16 thoughts on “Koko Black, and Stone Tools

    • I’m not sure about what the tools would have been for. Probably both cutting and grinding. Namadgi is on the edge of the Australian Alps (pretty low altitude actually), and the most famous food in the area is Bogong moths.

  1. Sounds like you had a lovely day from start to finish, Arwen. I don’t think I’d have survived long as a hunter-gatherer, though. I prefer more of an agrarian foodstyle supplemented with the occasional chocolate treat.

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