The best hot chocolates to keep you toasty in Brisbane
It's that time of the year when we're grabbing our beanies, dusting off our jackets and frantically researching the symptoms of frostbite - but with the cold comes the perfect opportunity to break out our mugs and indulge in winter's finest hot choccies.
After the strenuous task of sampling all of the rich, frothy goodness Brisbane has to offer, we’ve decided on a few of our faves, so whether you’re extra AF (marshmallows? Don’t make me laugh) or a fan of the classics (what’s a marshmallow?), we’ve got the best of the best right here.
COWCH | SOUTH BANK
Swap summer gelato for steamy hot chocolates by the fireplace at South Bank’s favourite dessert bar, with their udderly delicious cocoas. With a choice of milk, dark or white chocolate, you can have it your way, not to mention the deluxe edition topped with whipped cream and marshmallows.
NOOSA CHOCOLATE FACTORY | CBD
If you thought Noosa Chocolate Factory’s famous rocky road delight was bangin’, wait until you see its final form – rocky road hot chocolate. Packed with locally made, creamy chocolate, it’s so thick and rich that you’d be forgiven for thinking they had just melted a whole block of rocky road into your cup.
GELATO MESSINA | South Brisbane
Now permanently located in South Brisbane (so you can enjoy their rich flavours all year round), enjoy a hot chocolate made by the gelato masters themselves. These thick, toasted marshmallow-topped hot chocolates are made with their divine chocolate gelato – so get one while you can!
PIGGY BACK CAFÉ | JINDALEE
Piggy Back’s hot chocolate was good enough as is, but we’re greedy and are always looking for that little bit more. Our pick? Their glorious unicorn hot chocolate, decked out with oodles of whipped cream, fluffy marshmallows, rainbow sprinkles and biscuits.
GOLDFINCH | CBD
The best things in life come in threes, which is why Goldfinch is serving up three seriously pimped-up hot choc creations this winter. Buckle up (or unbuckle) and taste their peanut butter and caramel version, decked out with whipped cream and Reese’s Pieces. Waistlines, beware.
LA DOLCE VITA | MILTON
Not much is needed to describe the Italian hot chocolates at La Dolce Vita. Just don’t confuse it with chocolate fondue. The thick, creamy and decadent texture of this cup of heaven is enough to make you come back for more…and more, and more, and then some more.
DENIM CO | SOUTH BANK
Thick, rich, and peanuts! Could it get any better? Chuck on your finest double denim outfit (think Jessica Simpson circa 1999), grab a dessert spoon, and dip into Denim Co’s decadent peanut butter Italian hot chocolate for a seriously gourmet treat.
BUNKER | MILTON
All about intense taste? Bunker Coffee’s 70% dark hot chocolates are packed with flavour so rich they’re practically royalty – but if you’re after something less decadent, their milk and white hot chocolates are undeniably delicious as well.
LINDT CHOCOLATE | DFO BRISBANE AIRPORT
Leave the packet mix at home and get ready to be blown away by Lindt’s winter range of chocolate sips. Basically a steamy, drinkable version of their luscious chocolate blocks, they come in flavours of milk, dark, hazelnut and salted caramel.
DELLO MANO | CBD & NEW FARM
If it’s good enough for Princess Mia Thermopolis of Genovia, then it’s good enough for us, right? Dello Mano might deliver the brownie on everyone’s lips (including Anne Hathaway’s), but their hot chocolates are just as dreamy. Spice up your regular hot chocolate order and taste their signature Belgian hot chocolate infused with chili (be warned though, this decadent creation is so thick it verges on spoon territory).
JOHN MILLS HIMSELF | CBD
Oh Johnny boy, the hot chocolates are calling! Experience seven minutes in heaven with John Mills Himself as you sip any of his ten (yes, ten!) gloriously creamy hot chocolates. Serious chocolate lovers, take note.
With hot chocolates this good, we’re ready to give up coffee. Maybe.