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Best of Canberra – Hot chocolate

By Bec Cuzzillo 17 March 2015 27


Not everyone likes coffee. It’s hard to believe I know, but I’ve met some of these people and when it comes to warm milky beverages, hot chocolate is often their go-to choice. But it is not a beverage reserved for the coffee haters only – hot chocolates are universally loved and as the weather cools down in Canberra I want to find the best.

In my experience the quality of hot chocolates vary wildly – some are bad, most are pretty good and then there are those few that are so delicious you lose yourself in liquid chocolate, only to wake up to an empty cup and a moustache that wasn’t there when you started. That hazy chocolate feeling is what I’m looking for this week.

Whether you’re into white, milk or dark chocolate, seven marshmallows or none, I am on the hunt for Canberra’s best hot chocolate. Where do you get yours?

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lx4 3:49 pm 23 Mar 15

MattLowe said :

My vote is for Hansel and Gretel in Philip!

They make the best hot chocs in town for sure! and its locally owned and operated, unlike these big chocolate companies.

That’s not always true. Some of the franchise stores are owned by locals. San Churro in Woden is owned and operated by Canberra locals. However, Max Brenner stores are all company owned, I think it may be the same with Koko Black.

SLHH 10:07 am 23 Mar 15

Elemental in Braddo! So good.

Warwick 12:40 pm 22 Mar 15

Hi RiotACT,

I’ve experienced the ‘lose yourself in liquid chocolate’ effect on a few occassions, but nothing compares to a Robyn Rowe Chocolate hot chocolate – flavoured with 100% Belgian Callebaut Fair Trade couverture. The recipe is simple, they heat your milk then simply spoon in liquid choclate – dark or milk. Liquid lusciousness…!

reiant 1:39 am 21 Mar 15

Farmer’s Daughter have consistently good hot chocolates. Generally, I find that anywhere that does good coffee has terrible hot chocolate…

lealea 10:35 pm 19 Mar 15

Alexandra Craig said :

I don’t drink hot chocolate often but I ordered a takeaway from Koko Black once. It was $8.50! Extreme rip off.

Otherwise, Cream in Civic is good and Max Brenner.

I’ll second Cream. White hot chocolate is delish ????

Kalliste 8:14 pm 19 Mar 15

taninaus said :

I hate coffee, so hot chocolate is my go to in winter and when out with friends/colleagues. I have a basic rule – if the café doesn’t offer decent (read Pascal) marshmallows with your powder style hot chocolate then you get minus points from me – it just isn’t the same. ditto if it just tastes like hot milk where the chocolate powder was just waved over the top – If I have to ask for it to be strong, it wasn’t strong enough to begin with.

I can recommend Flute in Fyshwick, Trevs in Dickson and the mobile Café to You van for a regular café style hot chocolate. Any café that uses a chocolate sauce rather than chocolate powder gets bonus points.

I will add to the positive comments about Koko Black, San Churro, Oliver Brown and Max Brenner for the gourmet hot chocolate options – although probably not an every week treat as they are also very rich.

Agree on Trev’s.. I forgot about their hot chocolate until you mentioned it 🙂

Cindylou 7:23 pm 19 Mar 15

Duatti in Westfield Woden makes yummy hot chic, has great service, and a great vibe 🙂

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