Needless to say, Easter is the perfect excuse to gorge yourself on chocolate anything and everything – but with these delicious spots around town, you can get your chocolate fix all year ‘round!
Fudge from heaven
Some of the best fudge spots on the Gold Coast can be found in the clouds, so head sky-high if you’re after a sweet treat. Tamborine Mountain’s aptly-named Fudge Heaven serves up a variety of melt-in-your-mouth fudge flavours, and we recommend you buy them in bulk to save you trekking back up the mountain – for another week, at least. In the Gold Coast’s other mountainous suburb of Springbrook, The Fudge Shop has earned quite the reputation for its delicious range of flavours – it just might live up to its slogan as the ‘best damn fudge on the Gold Coast’. Better yet, they take online orders.
Bam Bam Bakehouse in Mermaid Beach gained international recognition when Matt Preston dropped by to pick up his ‘favourite croissant ever’, but locals knew about the delicious delicacies that Bam Bam serve up fresh day in and day out long before the Masterchef judge sniffed them out. Nutella cruffins (croissant-muffins), s’more choux bombs and Snickers twice-baked croissants are three little reasons you should drop by Bam Bam next time you’re in Mermaid. Or, if you find yourself a little further south, why not stop by their sister bakery, Cubby Bake House at Chinderah? Their chocolate-loaded Big Bickys and chocolate crackle eclairs are always worth the drive.
Chomp on a churro
Is there anything better than a sugary, cinnamon-y churro dipped in piping hot chocolate? Yes – three of them! The churro experts at San Churro know just how you like your churros, with options for diners tackling their churros solo, in a pair (or, if you’re anything like us, for people who can eat enough for two) or in a group. Their chocolate dip pots come in four varieties – milk, dark, white and their new perfect pink ‘ruby’ option – so you’ll never get bored. Find San Churro at Harbour Town, and in various spots around Brissie.
Chocolate with a twist
Sometimes you just want a simple block of chocolate. Other times, you want mouth-watering milk chocolate, loaded with your favourite freeze-dried fruits and berries. In those times, head to Noosa Chocolate Factory. You don’t even have to drive too far north to find it. They’ve got permanent and seasonal stores throughout Brisbane’s CBD, two of which are on Adelaide Street in case you need to find your fix twice! And, with options like choc-covered freeze-dried strawberries and honeycomb, we can guarantee you’ll always be coming back for more. If you’re further south, make sure you check out Byron Bay Chocolate Co. – they’ve got the monopoly in the northern NSW chocolate market for a reason.
Driven to drink
Freakshakes first burst onto the scene a few years ago, and we still can’t get enough. Off-the-chain burger chains are normally the best place to find them, and they don’t get much freakier than Miss Kay’s many options; the James Brownie – a chocolate milkshake topped with chocolate shavings and a chocolate brownie – and the Cookies and C.R.E.A.M – cookies & cream-flavoured milkshake with chocolate drizzle and biscuit pieces – are just two of our personal faves. Or, you could give the ‘My Man’ milkshake at Brooklyn Depot a whirl. We promise you won’t regret it.
Now that the weather is cooling down, we’re dying to get our hands around a steaming hot chocolate – and, as it turns out, there are some must-try places not too far away. Needless to say, the Max Brenner hot chocolate is one rich pot of goodness, but other little-known spots include New Farm’s Bitter Suite – their hot chocolate is best enjoyed with a side of warm fudge brownie – or Elk Espresso’s impressive selection of mocha and chocolate-infused beverages. We’ll taste them all!
Need we say more? The perfect combination of two of the best things in the world, Max Brenner perfected the chocolate pizza years ago – and ever since, much to our delight, the trend has caught on. The menu highlight at Carrara’s Creative Pizza is definitely the Valentino, their dessert pizza with a choc-hazelnut base that comes topped with white chocolate buttons, fresh strawberries, and a sprinkle of coconut and fudge sauce. Brisbanites, make time to sink your teeth into the Calzonico at Julius’ Pizzeria – this mini pizza comes stuffed with Nutella, banana and vanilla bean gelato and has to be tasted to be believed.
Create your own
When Cowch first arrived in Queensland, it didn’t take long for people to draw comparisons between them and another popular chain of chocolate bars (hint, hint: they’ve got a bald-headed mascot). But, after one quick glance at the Cowch menu, it’s evident how unique this chocolateria really is – and we’re not just talking about their selection of 18+ chocolaty cocktails. Their naked pops are truly one-of-a-kind, with dozens of different ways you can load up flavoured, chocolate-covered ice-creams in their drool-worthy toppings counter.
Who says you need to save your chocolate fix for cheat day? The self-proclaimed yet undisputed acai specialists at Kiss the Berry know their way around a blender, and have whipped up the Snykers Delight to satiate your cravings. It comes complete with raw cacao powder, peanut butter and cacao nibs, and you can pick it up at any of their four stores around Brisbane and Burleigh Heads. Or, why not get your fro-yo on at YoFlo? Located in the heart of Byron Bay, this self-serve frozen yoghurt joint is guilt-free and seriously delicious.
The hot weather may be on its way out, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some ice cream at these popular spots! We probably don’t need to tell you about Gelato Messina, the cult-favourite famous for its quirky blends and rich flavours. With an Instagram following of nearly 200,000 Messina die-hards waiting to see what they come up with next, there’s no doubting the quality of this joint – but if you’re still not convinced, give the Gianduia (chocolate & hazelnut gelato) or the milk choc and peanut fudge a try.
Crave choccy milk after a workout? Go ahead! Apparently, the carbohydrates and proteins in chocolate milk will effectively help your muscles to recover.
The inventor of the chocolate chip cookie sold their idea to Nestle in return for a lifetime supply of chocolate. We don’t blame them!
Chocolate might not be so bad for your teeth after all! Apparently, it has an anti-bacterial effect on your mouth that pro