Here’s the skinny on a favourite that will never get old, as we bring you seven of the Gold Coast’s best chocolate desserts. Amen.
We adore home-grown Southport café, Blendlove for creating nourishing treats we can devour any hour of the day and without the guilt. Order a mouth-watering ‘cheezecake’ slice, such as their Chocolate Raspberry which is gluten-free, dairy-free, and free of refined cane sugar. How is it even possible something so wickedly scrumptious, can still be so good for you?!
Where: Shop 1/253 Ferry Road, Southport
Not only do the guys at Ze Pickle make some of the meanest burgers on the Coast but they’ve been teaming up with the dessert maestros at Messina to create a to-die-for Oreogazm (*cough) consisting of Oreos deep fried in donut batter, served with liquid Nutella, and Messina’s chocolate hazelnut gelato. Yep, we’ve officially died and gone to heaven…
Where: Corner Connor Street and Park Avenue, Burleigh Heads
Speaking of Messina, trust us, this ain’t no ordinary gelato shop. All flavours are made with love in-house so, chocoholics, don’t stop at just one scoop. Make it a triple-decker of Chocolate Fondant, Gianduia (choc and hazelnut), topped with a Pistachio and Milk Chocolate scoop that’s laced with pistachio praline.
Where: The Strand, Shop 33/72-80 Marine Parade, Coolangatta
Cavalier Bar and Italian
Italians are passionate folk, so you can trust them to pour that passion into everything they do. Like Cavalier’s deliciously naughty Torta al Cioccolato (aka chocolate tort) dressed with espresso mascarpone. Bellissimo!
Where: 1/1710 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads
BSKT Cafe’s CocoWhip
Smiling over childhood memories of the Mr Whippy van’s jingle echoing around the neighbourhood or (what once were) 30 cents cones from Micky D’s? Soft-serve is back in a way the world has never seen before thanks to the Gold Coast’s very own health food inventors at BSKT Café. Their delicious Cacao Bliss CocoWhip is 100% vegan-friendly made from the cream, water, and oils of coconuts, bio-fermented probiotics, and superfoods. Now it’s totally ok to eat dessert for breakfast!
Where: 4 Lavarack Road, Mermaid Beach (and distributors nationwide)
The Social Eating House
If you’re anything like us, there’s nothing social when it comes to dessert (mine, all mine!). Politely scoff yourself on The Social Eating House’s decadent Milk Chocolate and Coffee Marquise, with salted caramel (the one thing we might love more than chocolate), and dark chocolate ice cream. So, SO good.
Where: 137 – 138/ 3 Oracle Boulevard, Broadbeach
Red like that sexy Ferrari from your dreams and titillatingly chocolaty, we were mesmerised by Cucina Vivo’s infamous Cioccolato Rosso Ferrari – a red half-sphere filled with Stracciatella ice cream and doused before our eyes in steaming grappa-infused chocolate sauce. D-d-divine!
Where: Jupiters Casino, Broadbeach Island, Broadbeach