Oh, baby, it's cold outside! We may be stuck in the middle of the winter, but there's no point complaining. We just have to wrap up warm and make the best of it. One way to feel better and give yourself a little warming boost is to enjoy a decadent and indulgent hot chocolate drink. London is full of cafes and eateries that have an amazing selection of hot chocolate for you to try. Take a look at our pick of the bunch.
1. Winter Warmer Hot Chocolate
Now's the time to make the most of the Limited Edition winter warmers on Kaspa's menu. There are three special edition hot chocolates to choose from, but our favourite has to be the Peppermint Chai with Mint Oreo Hot Chocolate. Not only does it have a minty zing but the spices in the chai will add to the inner glow this delicious drink has the power to bestow.
2. Caramel hot chocolate
The Aztecs may have been the first people in the world to create a hot chocolate drink, but the Italians have certainly made it their own over the years. At The Chocolate Room in Harrow there's a huge selection of Italian hot chocolates to choose from. Our top pick is the Caramel, where a swish of super-sweet caramel is added to thick and creamy hot vanilla cocoa. If you love sweet things, then this is the drink for you!
3. Una cioccolata calda
When you order an Italian hot chocolate, it may not be quite what you had in mind, especially if you've only ever had the British version made with bog-standard cocoa or drinking chocolate! The Traditional Hot Chocolate from Venchi is almost thick enough to hold your spoon upright – that's right, you might need a spoon to eat rather than drink it. This is a good thing, by the way! The decadent and dense nature of this hot chocolate – which is really more of a pudding than a drink – means it ought to feature on anyone's "bucket list" of hot chocolates that simply have to be tried.
4. Callebaut hot chocolate
So good, and in so many flavours. Enjoy the luxury of Belgian hot chocolate and order a Callebaut drink from Elan Café. With seven different choices, this place could provide you with a different hot chocolate experience every day of the week. Choose from Chilli, with a spicy Aztec kick to it, silky Nutella, gentle Praline, or milky White. Enjoy it on its own or make it an afternoon teatime treat by pairing it with a cookie or a slice of cake.
5. Chocolate Tobleron Hardshake
Maybe you like the idea of a chocolate drink that will warm you up, but hot drinks aren't your thing. In that case, try a hardshake from The Advisory – it's a milkshake with a shot or two. The Chocolate Tobleron hardshake comes with a mix of Kahlua and Baileys – certain to put a rosy glow on your cheeks!
If you're in the mood for one of these chocolatey warming drinks, there's no need to face the prospect of going out in the cold to get it. Order with Deliveroo and get it brought to your cosy nest!