If you’re anything like us, the winter months are best spent alternating between bouts of hibernation, eating and creating blanket nests in any heated living space. But aside from the fact that we’re no longer welcome at our local furniture and homewares store, the chilly season isn’t without its charm. And by charm, we mean chocolate.
Rich, sugary, and oh-so-addictive, the classic hot chocolate is a tried-and-true winter staple. Rug up Brisbane, we’ve found the best mugshots in town.
Noosa Chocolate Factory
Freshly made with their very own chocolate, Noosa Chocolate Factory in the CBD has one of the best selection of hot chocolates in town. Top of the list has to be the to-die-for rocky road hot chocolate with handmade marshmallows, strawberry jelly pieces and 77% cacao dark hot chocolate.
As a bona fide dessert oasis, Cowch has your chocolate fix covered (and then some). After you’ve mulled over the choices–milk, white, dark, or caramel–it’s time to park yourself by the fire pit and watch the magic happen. Served with mile-high lashings of whipped cream and toasted marshmallows, you’ll be relishing this one until the cows come home.
St Coco Cafe
While most of us weep into our electric blankets, St Coco Café makes winter look downright blissful. Gone are the regular milk-and-powder hot chocolates; in their place, weekly ‘hot bae’ specials so moreish, they’re served on plates. Each hot choc rendition comes with its own scoop of ice cream, sweet treat, and Instagram-worthy photo op.
Before the birth of Bunker, Marcus Allison was Kelvin Grove’s undisputed hot chocolate guru and oof, it doesn’t take a genius to see why. With a ‘chocolate passport’ as your guide, you’ll tour mugs of peanut butter, chilli, lavender and peppermint. Each mugful is crafted with Allison’s very own melted Heirloom chocolate. If you need us, we’ll be here for the winter.
Denim & Co
Alright, pre-warning: the name’s a little deceiving here. For those playing at home, chilly mornings at Denim & Co usually call for something a little more forgiving than the namesake fabric. Go stretchy and opt for the Italian hot chocolate layered with dense peanut butter but make sure you grab a spoon–you’ll need it.
The Colour Nine
Decisions, decisions, decisions. This north side stomping ground isn’t just a killer brunch spot, it also reps a range of specialty hot chocolates guaranteed to send the Easter Bunny into a head spin. Indulge in flavours like Jaffa, white choc and raspberry, or a cheeky rocky road-inspired number.
Look, it gets colder out in the western suburbs, so clearly the residents have just evolved with better hot chocolate capabilities. If you’re trying to lock down Brisbane’s cream of the choc, Goodness Gracious is a must. Each winter weekend boasts hot chocolate specials worthy of a road trip, so tug on those beanies and get ready to admit west side is best side.
The Belgian Hot Chocolate at Pourboy Espresso is a serious force to be reckoned with. Their Callebaut Chocolate comes accompanied by single origin Venezuelan Criollo couverture just to make sure your impending chocolate apocalypse leaves you weak at the knees.
Miss Bliss Whole Foods Kitchen
One for the more adventurous hot chocolate lovers out there, Miss Bliss's classed up version comes infused with French Earl Grey Tea, and topped with a whole slab of the good stuff. That's right, you get regular chocolat AND hot chocolate. Sign us the hell up.
Want more winter warmers? Swap hot chocolate for whisky and mulled wine at Brisbane's snuggest winter bars.
Image credit: St Coco Café