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A hot chocolate to warm the cockles of your heart

Visit Ballarat

04 Jun 2021

Filed underFood & Drink

There’s something about a steaming cup of cocoa that just screams winter. 

So, when the cooler weather arrives in town, we turn to our local purveyor of fine drinking cocoa for a guaranteed good ol’ cup of hot chocolate – Grounded Pleasures

Yes, we might be a little biased of this locally made cocoa – but trust us, once you get the taste for this powdered goodness you’ll understand why it’s loved by so many. 

Chocolate alchemist Craig McKenzie’s cocoa is fairly traded and minimally processed (which means very high levels of flavonoids and antioxidants). So rather than a guilty pleasure, these ones are actually good for you. It’s also vegan.

Just some of the Ballarat cafes where you’ll find Grounded Pleasures hot chocolate:  

And, if you head to The Turret Café you’ll be able to try the full Grounded Pleasures range, including hazelnut, chilli, mint, orange or white hot chocolate. 

Looking to take some home with you? A great decision. Browse online for your favourite blend or pick up a box at local stockists Wilson’s Fruit and Vegetables and Campana’s

New to the mix is Grounded Pleasure’s pink salt caramel drinking chocolate which we can confirm is available at Wilson’s Fruit and Vegetables. 

This cocoa can also be used for baking, so while you’re online why not seek out some inspiration from the Grounded Pleasures recipe collection. You’ll find recipes for double chocolate cookies, pumpkin and chocolate chunk muffins, S’mores and choc cinnamon loaf. 


The City of Ballarat acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land we live and work on, the Wadawurrung and Dja Dja Wurrung People, and recognises their continuing connection to the land and waterways. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging and extend this to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.