The hot chocolate festival starts well

THE GREAT OCEAN ROAD Chocalaterie and Ice Creamery on the Surf Coast has found plenty of ways to keep chocolate lovers hot this August with their annual Hot Chocolate Festival.

The Chocolate Factory’s month-long celebration of the classic winter drink was a major hit across the region in August, with crowds flocking to sample the best flavors at the Bellbrae establishment.

A total of 31 hot chocolates over 31 days in August are served at Bellbrae’s Chocolaterie via a weekly rotating menu of flavors including dark, milk, white, ruby ​​or caramelized white couverture chocolate.

The Bellbrae establishment encourages visitors to come and treat themselves this August. Photo: SUPPLIED

Always indulgent, whimsical, boozy and over the top, the Hot Chocolate Festival menu for 2022 takes the winter drink to new heights.

“Our annual hot chocolate festival has become a real fixture on our destination calendar,” said Chocolaterie owner Leanne Neeland.

“This year, our extra gourmet range of hot chocolate creations will reward visitors to our Chocolaterie and we are ensuring that chocolate lovers around the world can also enjoy our creations at home.

“We didn’t want anyone to miss a little winter indulgence.”

Visitors are encouraged to seek out concoctions such as gun-themed donuts with red, white, and blue marshmallows, jam-filled donuts with dark chocolate mustaches, salted caramel pretzels, and even slurps of tequila sunrise and espresso martini for adults.

The tequilla sunrise is an adults-only treat during the festival. Photo: SUPPLIED

There’s also plenty for the kids with chocolate unicorns, hungry koalas and deliciously handcrafted kung fu panda creations for the festival.

The hot chocolate festival flavors will also be available in ‘do it yourself’ kits which can be ordered online throughout August for delivery across Australia.

Each neatly packaged kit comes complete with blanket flavor infused fondants, a giant marshmallow and an interactive element to add to your choice of hot milk – perfect for those who prefer to have fun during festivals at home or fans of hot chocolate in isolation.

Winter warming enthusiasts can also sign up for a 45-minute masterclass session during the month, with visitors having the chance to sample eight different flavors and then create three “hot chocolate scoops” from 50 ingredients. different to prepare their own. personalized hot shock at any time.

The top gun themed creation has certainly been a hit so far. Photo: SUPPLIED

Just to sprinkle some extra sweetness, there will also be an online poll to vote for your favorite Hot Chocolate Festival 2022 flavor, where voters can enter the raffle to win your bodyweight chocolate couverture blocks. of 1 kg.

To try all the flavors of the Hot Chocolate Festival 2022, head to the Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery before time runs out in August.

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