Ahhh the cocoa bean , the bean that has given glorious chocolate. During this time of year while its cold and dark outside I prefer drinking chocolate than just eating it, Preferably hot with whipped cream and marshmallows. National Cocoa Day has fallen on the last Friday the 13th this year which sounds like the perfect day to get some hot yummy chocolate , check out the list below on some of the best places to go!
Nearest Tube: Tottenham Court Road
From Rome to London with love, Said Dal originated in Italy roughly around 1923 becoming one of the longest established chocolate shop. At their little chocolate shop in London you can taste the love and the years of experience when you try the hot chocolate. Made from melted chocolate bars and cocoa solids, its like drinking a mug from Willy Wonkas chocolate lake. The thick Italian hot chocolate is extremely rich and comes in milk, dark or gianduja which is a hazelnut praline. Each cup comes slathered with melted white, dark and milk chocolate from the cauldrons that you can see behind the counter. So prepared to get messy, you may need a chocolate nap after.
Nearest Tube: Tottenham Court Road
Now I have spoken about Chin Chin before regarding their revolutionary and delicious ice creams but that’s not the only noteworthy item on their menu. Their hot chocolate which has 5-star review from trip adviser and insider and has been mentioned by loads of food blogs. Their rich hot chocolate is topped with a huge blob of fresh marshmallow fluff which is then blow torched to give a crispy, by the campfire taste. This hot chocolate brings nostalgic and indulgence together in a delicious unique way a must try this winter. They also includes a delicious vegan option too so everyone can indulgence.
Nearest Tube: London Bridge
A cocoa inspired restaurant, named after the 250-year-old Rabot Estate cocoa plantation in Saint Lucia. The founders of Hotel Chocolat combined the Caribbean flavours with cacao in this truly unique restaurant. Now this blog is about hot chocolate, and they do not disappoint, in their cafe section they offer a wild, delicious range of home chocolates made with the same luxury chocolates that this brand has become so well known for. With a wide range of flavours such as Mint Chocolat, Vanilla White Chocolat, Salted Caramel Chocolate, Chilli Chocolate or 100% Dark Chocolate which can be made dairy free and topped with freshly made chocolate whipped cream.
Nearest Tube: Shoreditch High street
Dark Sugars was created by Fatou Mendy who has traveled the world learning about the art of cocoa. At the two locations are brick lanes , discover some of the best hand crafted chocolates made from the finest Ghanaian chocolate. Let’s talk about all the hot chocolate with all the different flavours. Hazelnut Praline, White Saffron and sinfully thick Pitch Black hot chocolate. As if that is not enough , each cup is topped with endless shavings of chocolate just making something truly delicious. They have a special vegan option with all the same deliciousness.
Nearest Tube: Leicester Square Station
Now Mamasons has created something slightly different for you to try. London first Filipino ice cream parlour is bringing loads of traditional Asian treats to the street of London. The Ube Coco is made with Ube, a Filipino purple yam, and white chocolate and topped with freshly made Ube whipped cream. However, if you’re looking or something more classic try the Milo coco. Milo is an popular Asian malted drink made with whipped cream, marshmallow and Oreo flakes. The whole menu is delicious and totally Instagram worthy.
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