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Published August 8th 2015
Escape Melbourne's winter by snuggling up with a hot choc
Although you don't need an excuse to have anything relating to chocolate, the winter months in Melbourne were made for cosying up with a steaming cup of chocolaty goodness. Luckily for us Melbournians some cafes around town are taking their hot chocolates as seriously as their coffee and providing some truly pimped out beverages for those hot chocolate connoisseurs out there!
Here is a list of only some of the places that can help satisfy your tastebuds this winter.
At the Chokolait Hub only Genuine Belgian courverture chocolate is used together with artisan skills and fine details are the key ingredients to providing a delicious chocolate experience for their customers. Owned by Ross and Marianna Harvey, their simple philosophy is to make and serve extraordinary chocolates, the very best chocolate beverages and superb handmade desserts in a warm, relaxed and friendly environment.
The hot chocolate here looks slightly more like a science experiment than a traditional cup of chocolate brew. At Hash Speciality Coffee & Roasters a conical flask of Mörk Dark 85% Cocao Chocolateis served on a wooden board next to large cloud of freshly-spun white fairy floss resembling a work of abstract art. As you pour the hot chocolate over the fairy floss and it evaporates into a sweetened pool of chocolate bliss it becomes a multi-sensory experience for the eyes as well as your tastebuds.
Hot Chocolate with a side of cheese? What's wrong with that? I say you live only once, so it's time to be a bit more bold, so take a visit to the colourful South American themed atmosphere at Sonido where it is fun and relaxing at the same time. Their traditional Colombian hot chocolate is served in a little jug and a piece of cheese is placed in the base of the mug. Once you pour the hot chocolate into the mug allow a few minutes for the cheese to soak up some of the rich chocolate taste and becomes all gooey and stringy creating a delicious sensation in the mouth. If you love cheese and you love hot chocolate what could go wrong.
Dex2Rose are known to serve up some of the craziest nitro-gelato concoctions people have ever laid their eyes on, but come winter people show up for the killer hot chocolate set that features their signature lightly spiced hot chocolate garnished with salted caramel gelato, raspberry drupelets and their speciality, square shaped marshmallows.
Dex2Rose isn't just about ice-cream (image sourced from FB page)
Ganache are known for their beautifully crafter chocolate display window enticing consumers to just devour them as they pass by also offer a hot chocolate with a bit of a twist. This Melbourne based chain serves up a variety of flavoured hot chocolate such as chilli, mint, salted caramel and hazelnut (just to name a few) which will warm up those cold hands with just a few sips.
Mörk Chocolate Brew House is dedicated to liquid chocolate. This concept store offers a side-by-side tasting of their four blends, from the junior blend made from 50 per cent cocoa t the darkest 85 percent single origin blend, but make sure you try the speciality drinks that have the crowds lining up – a campfire hot chocolate is a multi-sensory experience that comes complete with smoky toasted marshmallows.