No, you’re not dreaming. This is real life.
The winter months in this region were made for cosying up with a cup of hot chocolate. Gone are the days when the traditional Cadbury powder and hot milk would cut it… oh no sir. Now the hot chocolate game has levelled up, with some even taking their hot choc as seriously as their coffee, and reinventing the humble cup ‘o cocoa with all kinds of exotic flavours.
It’s a brave new world out there for hot chocolate connoisseurs, and this August the Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie will be making all your wildest dreams come true with their annual Hot Chocolate Festival.
The key takeaways
- The annual Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie’s Hot Chocolate Festival is back
- There will be 31 new delicious and exotic hot chocolate flavours
- The festival will take place on-site for the entire month of August
As per usual with these festivities, a lot like the Rocky Road Festival, Ice Cream Festival and Brownie Festival, the Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie will be offering 31 new delicious and exotic hot chocolate flavours for you to slurp and warm up with throughout the entire month of August, whether you want to enjoy it at their café, or direct from your home with their DIY hot chocolate kits in all the wondrous flavours.
For those keen to make their way to the glorious sweet-filled venue, there will be 31 hot chocolate flavours available, with a selection of eight different decadent, boozy, whimsical and over-the-top flavours available in the cafe or outdoor kiosk each day throughout the festival.
The cups of chocolate heaven are made using a couverture chocolate base, a giant, handcrafted marshmallow and of course, ingredients like melting chocolate discs, chimney stacks and syringes to infuse flavours, plus oreo coated churros, giant macarons and other treats for extra decadence!
For hot choccies consumed on site, each one is served with an extra shot of hot couverture chocolate plus the handcrafted giant marshmallow.
Past years have seen seriously indulgent concoctions, including the likes of the Tim Tam Caramel Bomb, Salted Caramel Pretzel, Devonshire Cronut and the Binge Night, which came with mini marshmallow magnums and caramelised popcorn to really recreate the whole Netflix experience. With a track record like this, we can’t wait to see what they come up with this year.
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Hot Chocolate tasting sessions will also be on offer on weekends throughout the festival. During the 45 minutes hands-on class, you’ll be able to sip and sample a selection of eight amazing flavours, as well as choose from over 50 ingredients to make three different chocolate flavoured spoons. You then just need to add hot milk at home and create your own personalised, decadent hot chocolates. Yum! Bookings for these sessions are essential and can be locked in here.
Many flavours featured in the festival can be bought online to enjoy as the aforementioned DIY kit at home ($6.50 per kit), though some will only be available to enjoy at the venue.
In what may be the best news of all, we’ll also be seeing the return of the boozy hot chocolates. Rest assured we’ll update you if this menu drops.
You’re welcome chocolate lovers!
The Hot Chocolate Festival is running from August 1 to 31 at the Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie, 1200 Great Ocean Road, Bellbrae. Find out more information by visiting the Facebook page or the website.