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Top 3 Hot Chocolates in Brisbane

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Published May 20th 2012
Update July 22nd 2013
A reader has kindly informed that Portofino's has sadly closed down - a loss for all, and to those of you who never made it there to try their Italian Hot Chocolate, my condolences.

[ADVERT]Hot chocolate is my guilty pleasure, well one of them! For all of my culinary indulgences I search for the best on offer because my belief is that if I am going to indulge in those calories, then it has to be worth it.

My search thus far has led me to the following top three picks for Brisbane's best hot chocolate:

1. Italian Hot Chocolate at Portofinos, New Farm $4.50
Italian Hot Chocolate @ Portofinos
Italian Hot Chocolate @ Portofinos

Made with a powder base in the traditional Italian style, this one is more like a cup of hot chocolate pudding than a drink; it's so dense you need a spoon to eat it. It's thick, rich and truly wonderful.

2. Shakti - Chilli Chai Chocolate at Wrapture Cafe, West End $4.50
Shakti - Chilli Chai Chocolate @ Wrapture Cafe
Shakti - Chilli Chai Chocolate @ Wrapture Cafe

Wrapture Cafe (famous for it's fabulous wraps) has a range of spiced hot drinks on offer, but the subtle heat of the chilli and spicy chai overtones of the Shakti make it my favourite. The owners usually use a dark West African powder but last time they were experimenting with a single origin, organic Venezualan powder. The result was smooth, warming and totally delectable. I tried to save some for my husband who was meeting me, but by the time he arrived I had somehow downed every last drop.

3. Hot Chocolate at Montys Chocolates, Paddington $5.95
Hot Chocolate @ Montys Chocolates
Hot Chocolate @ Montys Chocolates

This one is a little more expensive but well worth it in my opinion. Made in the European style with Italian cocoa and dark Swiss Covertures chocolate, the high quality chocolate combined with the thick soup consistency makes this rich, creamy and chocolatey without being sickly sweet; it's like drinking a cup of hot liquid chocolate. Divine. This is in fact my very favourite hot chocolate in Brisbane.

Each one of these delicious little cups of heaven stands out for different reasons, but they are all luscious and will leave you longing for more. One type of hot chocolate I love is the old school version where it's topped with fresh whipped cream, but it's been a long time since I've found a quality one of those. If you know where I can find one, or if there's a hot chocolate out there that you think is worth trying please let me know!
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Why? Pure indulgence
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Great article! I think I'm going to have to test out all of your suggestions :) I still love Max Brenner (south bank) for a chocolate overdose every now and then.
by MICHA (score: 1|19) 3282 days ago
Unfortunately Portofinos is no longer :(
by angie (score: 0|6) 2856 days ago
Try the Spanish Hot Chocolate at Chocolateria San Churros at Southbank. YUM!!
by fairy (score: 0|3) 3208 days ago
I have had an italian hot chocolate in Kelvin Grove and I'm quite sure I was asked if I wanted cream. It's in a quirky little fresh pasta cafe run by an Italian family. Great for fresh pasta too, don't remember the name of it but it is the only shop along the street which is Bishop street in Kelvin Grove.
by seana0 (score: 0|3) 3268 days ago
Sounds good, I'm always on the lookout for good, authentic Italian food. Just looked it up, it's called the Pasta Company and it looks fabulous. Thanks for the tip!
by Clare DeVille (score: 2|293) 3268 days ago
Mugged at Bulimba. Their Italian hot chocolate is heaven in a cup. Just liquid enough to drink but smooth and silky enough that it really feels like liquid melted chocolate. Yummm!
by eat (score: 0|7) 3274 days ago
There's a place called 'Chocolate and Coffee Heaven'?!! Sounds like my kind of place, thanks so much for the tip Lukas :)
by Clare DeVille (score: 2|293) 3274 days ago
Have You tried Caramel Mars bar or Coconut bounty at Chocolate and coffee heaven Latrobe terrace Paddington??? You Should:)
by lukas (score: 0|6) 3275 days ago
Valentino's at Lutwyche Shopping Centre has a great Italian hot chocolate - but only in Winter. It is to die for.
by merry (score: 0|7) 3282 days ago
To start off, I am much more of a coffee person than a hot chocolate person (different case 5 years ago). Thus, I have not really tried one of their hot chocolates but word tells me of their quality; they use melted chocolate from within the store. It is the Dark Chocolatier in Adelaide Street:

For the record, the coffee from there is great.
by micha (score: 1|10) 2488 days ago
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