WINTER says hot chocolate because there’s something comforting about a steaming mug of it on a cold day and these days, cafes and eateries are a lot more creative, with flavours ranging from peppermint to peanut butter. LAURA EDWARDS brings a taste of the city’s best.
THICK and rich, Kindle’s Italian hot chocolate ($4.50) is the real deal. Using a high cocoa content, baristas boil the liquid until its texture is super thick and top it off with chocolate powder. Barista Jean Kirkland says the drink is so popular in winter, the cafe will have it on tap soon.
240 City Walk, Civic
CONSIDERING this establishment is dedicated to all things chocolate, we had high hopes for its hot drinks and they didn’t disappoint. Koko’s rich, Belgian-style hot chocolate ($6) is melted goodness in a mug. With equal parts cream, milk and chocolate, get the cup topped off with extra froth for a real treat. For something a little sweeter, try the chocolate affogato ($7.90): a hot chocolate blend poured over a scoop of vanilla bean ice-cream.
Shop 1, 62 Bunda Street, Civic
IT’S been around since the ‘60s, but Gus’ cafe is hardly an old fuddy duddy when it comes to new and interesting hot chocolate flavours. Hot White Chocolate, Peppermint Hot Chocolate and the surprisingly delicious Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate ($5) are all on offer this winter. Nurse a mug in front of the window and watch the city go by.
Shop 8, Garema Arcade, 60 Bunda Street, Civic
FOR the vegans, this quaint little bakery has plenty of options; its vegan hot chocolate has 70 per cent real dark chocolate mixed with brown sugar and is thickened using soylent ($4.50). To add extra flavour, caramel, hazelnut or vanilla syrup shots are on offer. Sweet Bones has also been known to serve up an extra-warming Mexican hot chocolate, using cinnamon and chili ($4.50).
Shop 8, 27 Lonsdale Street, Braddon
THINK of any flavour and you’re likely to find it in this chocolate lovers’ dream. Top picks include American marshmallow chocolate, Danish toffee chocolate, coconut chocolate, mint chocolate, Italian thick chocolate, chocolate with crunchy waffle balls, spicy Mexican hot chocolate (all $6) and the classic chocolate, using milk, white or dark chocolate ($5.50). Each flavour is served in a comfortingly huge “hug mug”.
Level 3, Shop 324, Westfield Centre, Benjamin Way Belconnen
THIS slick new bar has a do-it-yourself style hot chocolate ($5.50) where you’re given a block of real dark, white or milk chocolate on a stick to slowly stir in warm milk, meaning the drink can be as chocolatey as you want. The best part? Eating the melted, gooey chocolate left on the stick when the milk’s all gone!
Anthony Rolfe Avenue, Gungahlin
Lonsdale Street Roasters
HAILED around Canberra for their coffee, but “the roasters”, as they’re affectionately known, also serve a seriously creamy, steamy hot chocolate ($4) using pure chocolate syrup mixed on site the day before serving.
3/7 Lonsdale Street, Braddon
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