We dream about chocolate pretty much all year ‘round, but things really turn up a notch around Easter. Get your chocolate fix in any form with these picks from around the Gold Coast.
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It may no longer be Valentine’s Day, but there’s always an excuse to pick up a box of chocolates – and, luckily, the Gold Coast is home to plenty of chocolateries. Sanctuary Cove Chocolates specialise in bite-sized drops of chocolatey goodness as well as gourmet Norgen Vaaz ice cream, or, a little further south, Cravve at Burleigh Heads will satisfy your cravings with their bespoke chocolates, drinking chocolate and café products. Or, if you’re in Mermaid Beach and the chocolate cravings hit, Lucia Chocolates proudly smother over 100 products in chocolatey goodness for your tasting pleasure.
Kiss the Berry aren’t just the acai specialists – they’re also experts at making healthy chocolate taste good! Their Snykers Delight acai bowl is loaded with raw cacao powder and peanut butter (among plenty of other tasty ingredients) and topped with things like cacao nibs and coconut flakes. If you’re after a liquid lunch, their Choc Mousse smoothie is nutritious and delicious. Or, if you’ve got a ‘hole’ lot of love for doughnuts, the reinvigorated Doughnut Time in Burleigh Heads serves up scrumptions vegan delicacies as well as flavours like ‘It’s Always a Gaytime’, ‘Life on Mars’ and the now-famous, Nutella-filled ‘Love at First Bite’.
There aren’t many places that centre their menu on chocolate, which is why the King of Chocolate – Mr Max Brenner – caused such a stir when he burst onto the scene back in the mid-2000s. Since then, this franchise has been serving up chocolate anything and everything – we’re talking pizzas, waffles, milkshakes… you name it. But if it’s chocolate-infused baked goods that you’re after, Bam Bam Bakehouse in Mermaid Beach has earned quite the reputation for its jam-packed cabinet of freshly made pastries and ‘bombs’ (that you should definitely order online, they’re that popular) since a certain Masterchef judge stopped by for a taste.
Drink your chocolate cravings away with a ‘freakshake’ – the thickshake’s delicious, #instaworthy older brother that’s topped with anything and everything you like. Over at Burgster in Palm Beach, their ‘line crossing’ Ridiculous Shakes (yep, that’s their official name) will have you cancelling your food order after just one sip – they’re seriously large. Other freakshake suppliers include the Loose Moose at Broadbeach and Lester and Earl at Palm Beach, but since this trend has picked up serious speed over the last few years, we’ll bet there will be plenty more popping up near you soon enough.