Rhuby Delights the taste buds
Posted by Kendall Boyd
Posted May 06, 2016
These sweet treats are rhubarb's revival!
Rhuby Delights founder Malcolm Ryan was raised on a rhubarb farm in Elliot.
"Six years ago I had an idea, a lightbulb moment where I said I was going to make rhubarb new again," he said.
“So I planted two rows of rhubarb on my parent’s farm up in Elliot and then three years ago I got this idea of chocolate and rhubarb”
It took three years of research and development before Mr Ryan launched his chocolate-coated rhubarb sweets at last's Agfest.
He has returned this year with a wider range of sweets that are all free from dairy, gluten and nuts, and preservatives and artificial colouring.
"This year I have expanded to a rhubarb and lime chocolate and a rhubarb and ginger chocolate," he said.
“Rhuby Creations were launched six weeks ago at the Taste the Harvest Devonport, they are Turner’s Beach strawberries – freeze dried coated in chocolate, chocolate coated sultanas and coffee beans and hot chocolate and rhubarb.”
The the hot chocolate syrup can be used as a hot drink, poured over ice cream or "just eat it out of the packet by the spoon full.”
Mr Ryan said he was passionate about supporting local producers and people in Tasmania.
“I support Tasmanians where I can” he said, adding that Devonport's Devonfield Enterprises is an important part of their business.
“Devonfield Enterprises is a social enterprise that works with people with disabilities, they assemble, pack and wrap my boxes and my chocolate machine is housed at Devonfield.
Mr Ryan said working with Devonfield is great for everyone, especially after Devonfield lost a lot of work with the downturn of the paper mills.
“Because I am growing and they are growing, the crew of Devonfield are harvesting my rhubarb for me now,” he said.
Mr Ryan said “to keep watching rhubarb delights because more products are coming.”
Enjoying a taste of Rhubarb
Rhuby Delights are a Tasmanian rhubarb treat, with a pink almost red crunchy centre, coated in chocolate.