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The Yarra Valley Chocolaterie now lets you enjoy its annual Hot Chocolate Festival at home

The Great Ocean RoadYarra Valley and Mornington Peninsula Chocolateries are famous for their month-long festival dedicated to hot chocolate in all its delicious forms, but this year is a little different. In 2020, the chocolateries' Hot Chocolate Festival will be returning, but in a way that allows chocolate fans to enjoy the event from at home.

The Hot Chocolate Festival will this year take place remotely, with the three chocolateries creating a total of 31 limited-edition hot chocolate flavours that you can enjoy as DIY kits delivered to your door.

Each flavour is created using a couverture chocolate base, which has seasonal and exotic ingredients, herbs and spices added to it. This year's line-up takes the classic chocolate and milk combo and adds some signature flair: try the Golden Gaytime, Tim Tam Slam, Cherry Matcha or Unicorn Magic hot chocolate, which is made with strawberry- and vanilla-infused white chocolate and served with a rainbow marshmallow.

If you're all about balance, there's the Superfoodie hot choc (a dark chocolate almond blend served with a charcoal marshmallow), or throw moderation to the four winds with the Golden Nutella Spoon hot chocolate (hot chocolate infused with housemade chocolate hazelnut spread).  

There are flavours sure to delight the kids as well, like the blue-hued Cookie Monster or the pink Magic Mushroom wildberry hot chocolate (which includes a chocolate toadstool that melts to reveal a surprise). 

You can opt to buy the Hot Chocolate Festival Challenge (which includes all 31 flavours) or choose your favourite flavours and create your own Hot Chocolate Festival Box. There's also a Junior Favourites Hot Chocolate Festival Box for kids, and you have the option to just buy individual flavours as well.

Throughout the festival there will also be Facebook Live sessions showing you how to make the perfect hot choc, plus you can vote for your favourite flavour in an online poll (with the chance to win your body weight in couverture chocolate).

The Hot Chocolate Festival products can be bought from either the Yarra Valley, Great Ocean Road or Mornington Peninsula Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery. The festival was originally slated to run only during August, but the chocolateries have since extended its duration until the end of lockdown (which is set to expire on September 13, but also may be extended). 

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