Well-brewed hot chocolate can be akin to a blanket in a mug—warm, soothing and making you feel that all is well in the world. It should have the luscious taste of quality chocolate and the velvety texture of carefully steamed milk all intermingling in a cup, resulting in a concoction that gives you both a punch and a gentle embrace at the same time. Crafting a good hot chocolate can be tricky, so we sussed out the cream of the crop in the hot chocolate business guaranteed to give you a much-needed serotonin boost.
Helmed by the Le Cordon Bleu trained Gwen Lim, the petite café at Millenia Walk is known for its exquisite cakes and sweets. But who knew that they whip up a wicked hot chocolate as well? Their French-style hot chocolate uses high-quality couverture chocolate to give a creamier and mellower taste. We recommend pairing this velvety cup of liquid gold with their Saint Honoré caramel-glazed choux or one of their many macarons—perfect for a lazy people-watching teatime.
Address: 9 Raffles Boulevard, #01-40 Millenia Walk, (S) 039596
Forty Hands Café
Whenever we decide to café-hop with some non-coffee drinkers in town, we always make sure to tuck them in with hot chocolate from Forty Hands. Here, moderation is not their modus operandi as they double the dose for the ingredients for their signature chocolate—double cream, full-fat milk and double the chocolate. The result is a double load of pleasure and double dose of sugar high.
Address: 78 Yong Siak Street, #01-12, (S) 163078
Max Brenner Chocolate Bar
The Aussie chocolatier seems to always get it right when it comes to chocolate. While their Italian Hot Chocolate served in an egg-shaped vessel is delicious, we find ourselves swooning over their Dark Chocolate and Marshmallow Milk Chocolate due to the presence of the marshmallow slowly melting into a heart-stopping molten mess. It amazes us how a mug of these can leave us utterly spoilt and happy.
Address: 1 Harbourfront Walk, #01-116 VivoCity, (S) 098585
Laurent Bernard Chocolatier
The recipient of The Best Chocolates Award from The Singapore Tatler’s The Best of Singapore for four consecutive years, Laurent Bernard has to rank as one of the chocolate bigwigs in Singapore. The chocolate used has just the right percentage of cocoa content to allow it to cut through the silky milk, creating a taste profile that is complex and highly indulgent. It is also presented in a flask like that of a French press, allowing you to partake of your beverage based on your desired amount.
Address: 80 Mohamed Sultan Rd, #01-11 The Pier at Robertson Quay, (S) 239013
Fancy enjoying your hot chocolate in a fluted teacup and saucer like the last Queen of France herself? Look no further than the elegant Parisian tea salon Antoinette. The hot chocolate is thoughtfully served with a side of smooth crème Chantilly for you to mix into your thick hot chocolate as you deliver a morsel of their signature Antoinette chocolate mousse into your mouth. This is an experience fit for a royalty.
Address: 30 Penhas Rd, (S) 208188
With a slew of their outlets peppering our malls, you simply cannot miss this newcomer to the local chocolate-sipping trend. Give their signature premium hot cocoa a go. With a cocoa level of 76%, this decadent elixir is created from their original formula. If this is insufficient to satisfy your chocolate craving, Cocoa Colony also has the Amazonian Liquid Gold, which is a tap for an endless supply of hot chocolate lava.
Address: Shaw Centre, 1 Scotts Rd, 01-06, (S) 228208
At Chocolate Mark, your cup of hot chocolate comes at varying percentages of cocoa, depending on your acquired taste. Assuming you’re the dark chocolate type, order the Equateur Hot Chocolate with 76% cocoa. The cup of heaven comes with a sweet hazelnut aroma that’ll tease your senses before you even steal a sip!
However, if you’re a milky-type more than dark chocolate, take this advice: go for the Ghana Hot Chocolate. It may contain only 40% cocoa, but its intense milkiness makes up its slight chocolatey loss! Plus, Chocolate Mark is a student-friendly cafe, with its availability of WI-FI and power points!
Address: #01-11, Wilkie Edge, 8 Wilkie Road, (S) 228095
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