The ultimate hot chocolate recipe

– 600ml of full cream milk
– 2 – 3 tablespoons of finest quality drinking chocolate
– A scattering of white and pink marshmallows
– High quality whipping cream
Place the milk into a medium heated pan. Once the milk is simmering – not boiling – add in the quality drinking chocolate and stir. When the powder has fully dissolved into the milk, serve into mugs. Pop a generous amount of marshmallows into the mug and complete with whipping cream. Sit back, relax and indulge.
If you would rather head out for a hot chocolate this Easter, be sure to head to these 3 Newcastle hotspots!  

Poppy’s Garden Centre and Cafe
Easter treats, Poppy's Garden Centre and Cafe - Newcastle
Easter treats, Poppy’s Garden Centre and Cafe – Newcastle

Gather the troops into the car and head down to Poppy’s Garden Centre and Cafe this Easter. Talk about multi-tasking; this place not only serves up a feast of indulgent delights for the whole family, but also stocks a wide supply of everything you’d expect from a premium garden centre. If you’re looking to grab a few bits to spice up the garden while entertaining the kids, you’ve come to the right place. Spoil you’re little rascals this easter holidays with a rich and creamy hot chocolate topped with marshmallows and cream. If this isn’t enough to satisfy their sweet tooth, the tasty cakes and treats kept behind the counter will do the trick. If you’re feeling a little wiped out after that never-ending Easter egg hunt this morning, enjoy a barista coffee to give you that little energy boost you need to get through the rest of the day. Open on Saturday and Monday, Poppy’s Garden Centre and Cafe is the ideal Newcastle location to take the kids for a well-deserved hot choc.
Where: 83 Oakdale Road, Gateshead, NSW, 2290
The Village
Quirky decor, The Village - Newcastle
Quirky decor, The Village – Newcastle

Enjoy time with the family at The Village this Easter. With a range of delicious drinks, this quirky location whips up one of the finest hot chocolates Newcastle has to offer. Sit down with the kids in their tastefully decorated cafe to tuck into an indulgent treat – after all it is Easter. Fully licensed, you can enjoy a glass of much needed Sauvignon Blanc while you relax comfortably in your chair, watching your children get ever more hyper from every sip of hot chocolate. If you didn’t manage to get out of the house early enough and it’s now starting to reach lunch time, order the motley crew a delicious lunch. With a number of specials as well as their ever-popular menu, you will be sure to find something for everyone to tuck into. With friendly staff and delicious food, make The Village, located in Hamilton your hot chocolate stop this Easter.
Where: 2/44 Beaumont Street, Hamilton, Newcastle, NSW 2303
Cirque Cafe and Restaurant
Step inside, Cirque Cafe and Restaurant - Newcastle
Step inside, Cirque Cafe and Restaurant – Newcastle

Found on Bolton Street, Cirque Cafe and Restaurant is the ideal spot to take the kids this Easter. Trading as usual over the festive period, this friendly little location offers a fabulous range of drinks, cakes, snacks and more wholesome meals to suit any appetite. If a hot chocolate just isn’t enough for your children this Easter, be sure to order them one of Cirque’s popular desserts such as a slice of pecan pie or a sour cherry tart. With its superb location and enchanting staff, Cirque Cafe and Restaurant is the perfect place to enjoy some much needed quality family time this Easter break – be sure to pay them a visit!
8 Bolton Street, Newcastle, NSW, 2300
Where is your favourite hot chocolate destination? Let us know in the comments below!