This recent icy cold weather is the perfect excuse to indulge in cups of hot chocolate!
Throughout August the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery is hosting a Hot Chocolate Festival with 31 limited edition flavours of hot chocolates being served. Every week there will be 8 flavours on rotation and I was invited to try their week 1 menu consisting of a mix of traditional to unexpected flavours.
The hot chocolate tastings cost $8 a head, only 50c more than a standard hot chocolate from the cafe, so it’s a good way to taste different flavours. All the hot chocolates are whisked with callettes of the finest Belgian couverture chocolate and the ingredients and garnishes are made on site, paired with the chocolate considered most suitable for the flavour.
Most of the 8 tasters are made with milk chocolate and I’m not sure whether any substitutions are permitted if you’re more of a dark or white chocolate fan.
My favourite flavours were the nutella (last year’s bestseller), salted caramel and roasted macadamia, while the flavours like Turkish delight and bubblegum were too sweet for me. I’ve voted for my favourite flavour and am now crossing my fingers to win my body weight in couverture chocolate from the Chocolaterie!
To finish off the tastings you can choose a giant handcrafted marshmallow – a wonderfully soft mouthful of vanilla, chocolate or berry and violet.
After trying out the hot chocolates, doing some free chocolate tastings and chocolate shopping, make sure you stay for morning or afternoon tea in their Café. The chefs are all European trained patisserie chefs (who specialise in chocolate) and we tried the chocolate brownie, chocolate mousse gateau and white chocolate and berry parfait.
The brownie was particularly spectacular – a crunchy outer housing an oozy centre. It comes served with ice cream that’s churned from cream and is made fresh on premises. When RM asked T about the best part of his day he said ‘the chocolate brownie!’.
As if you haven’t had enough chocolate the desserts all come with a shot of milk, dark and white chocolate from the chocolate wheels by the counter, so remember to specify what chocolate shot you’d like!
Giveaway! Thanks to Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery I have 1 x hot chocolate tasting for 4 people to give away. To win, just follow the instructions below and the winner will be randomly drawn Friday 8 August 2pm. Good luck!
Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery, 35 Old Healesville Rd (cnr Melba Hway) Yarra Glen
Hot Chocolate Festival 1 – 31 August 10am and 2pm $8 per person
Open every day, 9-5pm
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