The humble hot chocolate has come a long way from the days of Nestle powder. We're particularly spoiled here in Melbourne, with venues taking to mugs of gooey, molten chocolate with the same sort of all-consuming fixation usually applied to coffee. Head to one of these venues for Melbourne's best hot chocolate. Or if you're looking for other ways to escape the gloom, why not try Melbourne's best dumplings or pubs with fireplaces instead?
The best hot chocolates in town
Staff roast and winnow raw cacao at this chocolate factory, so no surprise the hot choc is a serious affair – served in an appropriately serious-looking terracotta vessel. If in doubt, go for the ultra-rich 70 per cent Monsieur Truffe couverture hot chocolate.
This Vietnamese-style hot chocolate is not like your average hot chocolate. It is made from Marou chocolate — a single-origin, sustainable, Vietnamese chocolate — and whipped together with free-range Willow Zen egg yolks, vanilla and condensed milk to create a fluffy and silky beverage.
Home of the #HashHotChocolate, an Instagram-friendly beverage consisting of a flask of Mörk hot chocolate poured into a cup piled high with milk-flavoured fairy floss. When chocolate meets floss, the impressive white bouffant evaporates into the chocolate river.
What is more synonymous with chocolate than peanut butter? This unassuming hot chocolate served in a camping mug is made with peanut butter caramel syrup and peanut butter ganache, taking decadence to the next level. A high quality bitter-sweet chocolate tempers the sweetness, so it is rich in all the right ways. Extra points for serving it alongside a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup.
This cafe-cum-winebar is not just about sandwiches and pre-dinner drinks. Heartattack and Vine are serving up a Spanish-style hot chocolate for grown-ups built on a house-made ganache and married with a spicy and fragrant chilli-orange syrup. Think a liquid Jaffa with a hint of heat.
Get your hot chocolate the traditional Colombian way: served in a little jug, and then showered with crumbly queso. Yep, cheese in your chocolate. Don't think about it, just do it.
This artisan chocolatier sticks the better part of a block of its finest dark choc into your mug here. And because it's winter, and why the hell not, staff can whack in a good pinch of chilli to cut through the rich chocolate if you want. Hot in every sense of the word.
You can't call yourself a true Melburnian until you've wolfed down the Italian-style hot chocolate at Brunetti's – an intensely sweet bowl of chocolate mud so dark its bordering on black and so thick you could stand a spoon in it.