The mercury is dropping and days are getting shorter, which can only mean one thing. Yup, hot chocolate season is upon us, so grab your mittens, pull on your best coat and we will navigate you towards the Diff’s most irresistible hot chocs.

Brodie’s Coffee Co in Gorsedd Gardens near the National Museum is conveniently located for a winter warmer on the go (look out for their pun-tastic A-board). Make no mistake, this miniature coffee shop is big on quality and their hot chocolate is rumoured to be the best in Cardiff. They use only West African cocoa beans and their takeaway cups are biodegradable, so your chocolate is sweet for the environment, too.

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Tapas bar Curado has the hot chocolate to bring chocolate fanatics to the yard. Their velvety chocolate is made to a traditional Spanish recipe and is so thick it’s like a meal on its own. Add churros and you have a bangin’ dessert.

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The little Danish haven is famed for its authentic pastries, yet the drinks are as indulgent as the baked goods. The After Eight hot chocolate is guaranteed to send your spirits (and sugar levels!) soaring: mint-flavoured hot chocolate is topped with whipped cream, marshmallows, fresh mint and the obligatory After Eight. Just the thing for a dull wintery afternoon and, we must admit, it does roll off the tongue much easier than a snegl Danish.

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Admired for their perfect patisserie, Cocorico’s high quality trademark extends much further than their cakes. Their hot chocolate is made with French Valrhona chocolate and comes with a naughty dash of Bailey’s. They also do lunch, which means it’s perfectly legitimate to spend half a day in a pastel-coloured bubble of Parisian chic.

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New kid on the block Bee & Honey do a smashing chai-spiced hot chocolate made with a chai syrup from Bath-based Henny & Joe’s. But there is so much more to love about this ethical café, passion project of nutritionist and chef Jenny Beer. Take your pick from a selection of cute-as-a-button vegan, raw and gluten-free cakes made in-house, pick up a jar of local honey, or perhaps a packet of flower seeds - proceeds go towards the conservation of bees.

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The Viennese Kaffeehaus is a go-to for indulgence, be it in the form of lavish open sandwiches or luxurious hot drinks. Winter sees the arrival of honeycomb hot chocolate with fresh whipped cream and crunchy chocolate balls. Of course this is but one of a an extensive range of hot chocolates on offer: Wally’s has enough of the stuff to see you through winter. Come back for the Tipsy Hot Chocolate infused with dark rum.

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No diary? No problem! Cardiffians who follow a vegan diet need not miss out, as plant-based restaurant and bar Milgi is known to whisk up one of the city’s most scrumptious hot chocolates made with soy milk and a homemade chilli syrup. Pair with a cinnamon doughnut and you are fast-tracked to vegan heaven.

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Like marshmallows in your hot choc? Please, have a slab, why don’t you. Dan and his dedicated Pontcanna crew have taken the ‘luxury hot chocolate’ to new levels by adding a peanut butter marshmallow wedge to each of their organic hot chocolates. Get your hands on one while you can

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Published -16th November 2017