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Canberra’s best iced/hot chocolate

By Jazz - 13 February 2008 37

I dont drink coffee.

I’ve never really aquired a taste for it and am always amused when i get invited out for a coffee as inevtiably i’ll order a hot chocolate instead. Lucky for me that most coffee shops also sell hot chocolates (funny how we call them that, coffee shops almost invariably sell far more than coffee). I suppose that like coffee, there is a great deal of variability in what makes a good hot/iced chocolate such as things like powdered or real chocolate, how bitter it is, how much froth and that sort of thing.

The best hot chocolate i’ve had in canberra was a belgian hot chocolate from Koko Black. I really enjoyed that you could stand a spoon up in it, but then the richness of theirs is not for everyone (if you havent had one its kind of like a mousse only not quite as set). Strangely enough the worst Iced chocolate i’ve had, was also from the same place. It was far too bitter.

In your opinion what makes up a great iced/hot chocolate and where do you go to get one?

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37 Responses to
Canberra’s best iced/hot chocolate
Holden Caulfield 5:27 pm 13 Feb 08

Kokoblack = overpriced and overrated.

Philistine! 😛

Still, I guess that’s one less person in the queue.

philbert83au 5:17 pm 13 Feb 08

Kokoblack = overpriced and overrated.

The best hot chocolate I’ve had in the last year was definitely from All Things Chocolate in the middle of the Green Square arcade in Kingston.

LG 4:56 pm 13 Feb 08

All things chocolate in Green Square is FANTASTIC!
I think it may be called ‘Hot Gia’ but its like liquid nutella.. YUM!

Aurelius 4:33 pm 13 Feb 08

I haven’t been back in Canberra long, but I had a hot chocolate from The Cook & Grocer (Gungahlin) the other day and twas mighty fine.
I curious where there’s a good iced chocolate though.

isaidtoyou 4:20 pm 13 Feb 08

The chocolate shop inside the shops at green square is well worth a try. I went there when back from Sydney a few months ago and it was much better then max brenner and lindt that we have up here.
I’m not sure of the name, but they were also much better value and no ‘panzy’ type cups either Meconium!

jennybel75 4:16 pm 13 Feb 08

With you on Koko Black being #1. However, Tilley’s don’t do a bad hot choc.

ns 4:05 pm 13 Feb 08

I’m stoked to see there are so many other non-coffee drinking chocolate lovers out there.

josh 3:59 pm 13 Feb 08

i never really dug much from koko black’s beverage counter.

i don’t drink coffee, either. hot chocolate (well, chocolate in general i suppose) is my vice.

i really dig the signature hot chocolates from starbucks. say what you will about their coffee, i don’t care. but a signature hot chocolate, often with a shot of peppermint. delicious.

never found a decent iced chocolate though, to be honest. way too many times it’s just milk and cottees chocolate topping. i’ve given up trying.

definitely interested to hear more, though 🙂

Holden Caulfield 2:08 pm 13 Feb 08

Koko Black, of course. Also the Italian hot chocolate from Tosolini’s is very good.

While not in Canberra, one of the best HCs I have had was at the National Library in Copenhagen. A couple of broken bits of chocolate in a glass, hot milk poured over the top and I was on my way, able to stir in or eat as much of the chocolate as I desired. And on the bitterly cold summer’s day it was, it hit the spot perfectly. I’ve tried recreating it at home using Lindt balls, or even a Freddo frog, and while both options are still damn good, well, you never forget your first!

mrnamjama 1:05 pm 13 Feb 08

Cinnamon hot chocolate at Koko black #1
make your own plain hot chocolate, purchased from Cosmorex in Fyshwick #2

Add Cinnamon to #2 and it blows #1 out of the… water.

Danman 12:56 pm 13 Feb 08

Italian Hot Chocolate at Belco Markets (Forgot the cafe’s name) but its the first store on your right when entering the markets at the mushroom end but from the 1st choice liquor side.. if thats confusing enough (North East).

Gus’ also do a good white hot chocolate if you are into non villification of hot beverages.

Meconium 12:56 pm 13 Feb 08

Hmm, make that about 19 minutes fast…

Meconium 12:55 pm 13 Feb 08

Lol, sorry I didn’t even read your post fully. The iced chocolate I had there was awesome, and I’m going to have another one this arvo to see if they’re consistent.

Tell you a suprisingly damn good cold chocolate beverage though: Belgian chocolate beer. They used to have it at the Belgian Beer Cafe but they don’t any more because that place has gone downhill and only offer a fraction of the beers they used to offer.

But if you see it in a bottle shop – First Choice in Woden or Vintage Cellars in Oaks Estate are the most likely places you’ll find it – it’s called Floris chocolate beer, and it tastes like an iced chocolate, and not like a beer someone’s wrecked by putting choc in it.

Going a bit OT but mahwool. Why is the RiotACT clock about six minutes fast?

Thumper 12:52 pm 13 Feb 08

Don’t drink coffee?

Jazz, you are a strange, strange man….

Meconium 12:50 pm 13 Feb 08

Hey, it’s not 12.35pm yet…

I had an iced chocolate the other day from Koko Black, and it was amazing. I used to be damn good at making iced chocolates back in the day and this rivalled the best I’ve made.

It’s full of bogans and difficult to get a seat and the iced chocolate is expensive ($6.50 I think) and it comes in a brandy snifter so you look like a panzy when you’re drinking it… but it’s sublime.

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