Hot Chocolate Festival!

https://www.yvci.com.au/

35 Old Healesville Rd,
Yarra Glen Vic

Once a year the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery host a hot chocolate festival! 31 new hot chocolate flavours releasing eight a week throughout the month.

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Each hot drink is served with it’s own signature giant marshmallow, and is a beautiful work of edible art.

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Coffee, strawberry, chocolate and vanilla marshmallows

But what if you can’t decide which drink you want? Arghh. Then a tasting session is for you.  Eight mini versions of the specialty hot chocolates on offer that week. I’ve been looking forward to this adventure for a while!

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Mini frecklehead taster
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The Frecklehead

For $20 you get to taste your way through each of the eight mini drinks, complete with decorations and marshmallows. We even got an edible cookie cup! Yum, yum, yum.

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That in itself I thought was really great value for $20, but what sealed the deal is you also get to make three chocolate spoons to take home with you to make your own creations later.

You can choose to use a base of milk, dark or white choolate with a massive variety of mix ins. Glaced violet anyone? Nibs? Chilli? Peanuts? Sprinkles? You name it, it was on offer.

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I can’t wait to try these!

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All the hot chocolates we sampled were delicious, but at least a few were quite obscure. We tried one with cricket dust, and another with eucalyptus infused chocolate (the Jolly Swagman) which I loved. There was also a licorice on offer this week which my licorice loving friend said was her fave, but not for me.

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The Black Adder
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With three licorice flavours

Honestly this was a heap of fun, and for only $20 definitely not too pricey. You *could* take kids but I probably wouldn’t. Instead put them into a specialty kids workshops instead. I’d say this would be excellent adult mini date, with each session lasting a bit over an hour.

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These tasting sessions do require a booking and payment in advance. You can book in here

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The Jolly Swagman with eucalyptus infused hot chocolate.

While you’re visiting check out the gift shop (hello free samples) and the cafe if you still have space.

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