Camel farmers in central Queensland are using their animal’s milk to create gourmet camel-milk chocolates.
Yasmin Brisbane, whose family runs the QCamel camel milk dairy, says they got into the camel milk business after drinking camel milk helped soothe gut problems she was experiencing.
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‘There’s a wealth of research on the health benefits of camel milk,’ Yasmin told SBS.
‘It’s the closest milk to breast milk, it’s easily digestible and soothing on the tummy, suitable for lactose-intolerant people, low in fat and cholesterol but high in iron, vitamin C, calcium, and lactoferrin.’
Camels came to Australia as early as the 1840s, imported from Arabia in order to help transport people and goods across the Red Centre.
Since 2014, Yasmin and her family have been selling camel milk, but now they’re branching out into completely new territory.
Teaming up with Freeze Dry Industries and Kokopod Chocolates, QCamel have taken the plunge into creating chocolates made from their camel’s milk and expect them to be available in shops later this year.
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The chocolates are made using camel milk that is then dehydrated and then made into a soft chocolate praline with a hard outer shell. QCamel are planning to make a variety of Australian-inspired flavours that are yet to be announced.
“We will only be the second camel-milk company to produce camel-milk chocolates,’ says Yasmin.
“Our ultimate aim is to have them in Harrods!”
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Recovering caffeine-addict and serial bruncher Eliza Murray feels most at home typing away in a cozy cafe with her re-mortgaged avocado toast nearby. When she isn't reporting on the latest Instagram-shattering glittery food trends, she can be found experimenting with new gin garnishes (hello strawberries!) or biting into an entire wheel of brie (no shame). She tweets @theothereliza