Chocolate koala sleighs reindeer

From left, Tracy King, Kevin King (dressed as a koala), Chantalle Fisk and Jocelyn Fisk enjoying the chocolate koalas.
From left, Tracy King, Kevin King (dressed as a koala), Chantalle Fisk and Jocelyn Fisk enjoying the chocolate koalas. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

FORGET the reindeer; Christmas is really the time of the chocolate koala.

Owners of the Koala Farms Macadamia Nut Company, Tracy and Kevin King, are currently working 12 hours a day, seven days a week, to keep up with the demand for this yummy Australian icon.

"Our koala is uniquely our own with a happy smiling face that people seem to love," Mr King said.

The small chocolate koalas are full of macadamia nut pieces and consumers can't seem to get enough of them, particularly in Japan.

Mr King recently sent an emergency airfreight shipment of 86,000 koalas over to Japan.

"After the tsunami, demand fell to nothing for four months," he said.

"But as soon as we hit December first the orders started rolling in again."

The Koala Farms Macadamia Nut Company has been around since 1988 and the Kings have owned the business for the last four years.

They originally came down from Queensland looking for a food-grade factory and found it at Bangalow.

"The timing was spot-on and we fell in love with the town," Mr Kelly said.

Of course, the Koala Farms Macadamia Nut Company supports the furry variety of Australian koalas with a small piece of every sale going to the Save the Koala Foundation.

They also make chocolate fish, sheep, simple chocolate-coated macadamias and Mr Kelly's favourite, the wasabi flavoured macadamia.

But it's the chocolate koala that everyone loves.

"We sell most of our koalas at airports, duty free and souvenir shops," he said.

"People just love to take them home as a reminder of their time in Australia."

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