Anyone who spends any time looking at our Instagram will know that we love hot chocolate. I mean, you can’t fail to be happy when you have a (good) hot chocolate in your hand! In fact, you could almost say I’m a hot chocolate connoisseur.
I’m also someone who likes lists a lot, so what better way to present my favourite hot chocolates than in a list (with photos of course, because I can never resist taking a blogger-ish photo of my food or drink).
So here I present to you, my top 5 hot chocolates:
1. Off the Ground (white chocolate)
My overall winner is Off the Ground, with their amazing white hot chocolate! It’s so good I can’t even deal with it; I would literally drink it every day if I could. It tastes like actual white chocolate, not just some chocolate-flavoured powder, but it’s not too sweet either.
Plus, Off the Ground is a social enterprise working to end homelessness in Middlesbrough, so you can feel like you’re doing good while you’re having your delicious hot chocolate too. More of this in 2018 please!
2. Baker Street Kitchen (BSK hot chocolate)
Hot chocolate! Marshmallows! Cream! And a Flake! Be still my beating heart!
As if the hot chocolate couldn’t possibly get any better, you also get a Flake or some other kind of super-melty chocolate bar to go with it, which you can put into your hot chocolate to make it even richer, or just eat it (guilty).
3. Mannequin Cafe
Mannequin Cafe is a two minute hop, skip and jump away from Love Middlesbrough HQ, so we’re forever in there for hot chocolate. Good day? Hot chocolate. Bad day? Hot chocolate. Cold day? Hot chocolate. Etc., etc.
It’s so cheap even for a large one (which obvs I get), and it’s made with milk, none of this boiling water nonsense! Proper job!
4. Brewhouse (white chocolate)
I’m reliably informed that the proper Teesside way to say this coffee shop’s name is ‘Brew’ouse’, so here’s a white chocolate hot chocolate from Brew’ouse.
There’s not a lot to say really, other than why wouldn’t you want a hot chocolate that’s made with white chocolate? It literally tastes like drinking a Milkybar! Oh, and it comes with a Flake too; you can’t get much better than that!
5. Olde Young Tea House
You can’t write about hot drinks in Middlesbrough and not write about the Olde Young Tea House.
Everything there is served with a side order of adorbs (by that I obviously mean adorableness, not some weird new food called adorbs), which makes it wonderful in my book. Their hot chocolate comes with all the usual trimmings and my only complaint is that the mug could be bigger, but then I always want more hot chocolate!
And there you have it, my top 5 hot chocolates in Boro (and not a chain coffee shop in sight)! So now you’ve got my recommendations, get out there and try them out for yourself this festive season! ☕️❤️☕️