It seems as though winter isn't done with us yet, but with cold weather comes the comforting warmth of the classic hot chocolate. Coming a long way from the days of instant powder and milk in the microwave, you're now spoiled for choice with iterations ranging from traditional Italian versions with a white chocolate twist, to vegan delights made with nut mylk and spices. Our advice for finding your favourite? Try one of everything just to be safe.
Classic hot chocolate
Sometimes you can't go past the familiar warmth of a childhood favourite, made with love and topped with marshmallows. Try your local Mall coffee shop for a traditional creamy hot chocolate.
Make mine vegan
Substitute milk without compromising on taste or texture with the added depth of a nut mylk or dairy-free option (a topping of nut cream from Nuttea is an obvious must). Order a gingerbread hot chocolate from Two-Bit Villains for some cosy Christmas vibes.
Whether it's a snow white hot chocolate from Bean Bar, Sicilian chocolate orange delight from Mr Fox Espresso, or peanut butter and caramel decadance from local chocolatier Just Bliss Chocolates, our favourite spots are getting creative with their hot chocolate experiences.
Craving some drama with your drink? Grab a chilli hot cocoa kit from Koko Black Chocolate or bags of marshmallows and caramel syrup from the supermarket to create your own at home.