World Chocolate Day isn’t until July, but we’re always advocates of getting ahead and starting early. Here are some places to start you off on your sugary journey.
Hash Specialty Coffee And Roasters’ hot chocolate
They may be primarily about giving java junkies a quality fix, but Hash Specialty Coffee And Roasters also have addictive hot chocolate. Take some photos before pouring the science lab beaker of 85% Mörk hot chocolate into the cup of milk-flavoured fairy floss. The #HashHotChocolate is Instagram gold, and a truly scrumptious dessert in a cup.
If your dessert pizza isn’t covered in a tower of cannoli, you’re just not doing it right. The dessert of Willy Wonka’s dreams, A25‘s ‘Bomba’ Nutella pizza is loaded with buffalo ricotta cannoli, sweet strawberries and melted chocolate.
Sweetie & Moustache
Sweetie & Moustache put a cocoa twist on Japanese ‘Honey Toast’, pouring rich chocolate ganache all over their bread-based creations. Try out their decadent homemade pouring chocolate on the tiramisu flavour toast, or grab a multi-layered black forest crepe cake – featuring chocolate ganache, chocolate crepes and cream chocolate sponge – before climbing the stairs to their gorgeous green rooftop area. Bring your sweetie along with you, because there’s no chance you’re finishing this alone.
This Melbourne institution has been pouring the good stuff for more than 10 years. Try a decadent take on an iced chocolate in Royal Arcade, where salted caramel and fresh chocolate milk is poured over vanilla bean ice cream, or head to Lygon Street for an after dinner dessert degustation platter. And if all you want is a box of curated chocolate delights, they also have a kiosk store at the Queen Vic Market.
Described by Australian Gourmet Traveller as ‘Melbourne dessert royalty’, the chocolate soufflé at Grossi Florentino is the stuff of legend. It’s a perfect balance between light and rich, chocolatey and nutty and soft and creamy.
A crossover between rich chocolate and the national pride that is pavlova, Chokolait’s famous chocolate pavlova is a must. Topped with dollops of cream, fresh strawberries and chocolate, this dessert is all about treating yourself.
Everyone knows you can head to Mörk Chocolate for their famous campfire hot chocolate, where liquid smoke and house made marshmallows combine into the perfect winter drink. But these chocolate connoisseurs have upped the ante once again with their brand new blend, built around a stunning bouquet of native herbs and spices. Catch them during easter for decadent chocolate hot cross buns.
Where to keep the chocolate coming
The Chocolate Box – The chocolate covered pretzels, chocolate bullets and the very adult ‘Belgian-style Gianduja’ on offer at the Chocolate Box make this Collins Place stalwart a must visit for cocoa enthusiasts.
Delhi Streets – Get on-board with Delhi Streets’ chocolate naan stuffed with M&Ms. Toasted to crispy perfection, take a bite for a nutty, rich treat.
Damon Bradley – There’s no lack of chocolate on the dessert menu at Southbank’s Damon Bradley. They also host regular high teas and workshops, so you too can master the art of chocolate indulgence.
Grand Trailer Park – the waffle sandwich served with nutella parfait, fresh cream and strawberries and drizzled with more nutella is a must try at Grand Trailer Park.