July 7th is our new favourite holiday of the year – World Chocolate Day! And whilst there may only seem like one logical way to celebrate it, we’ve rounded up 12 fun ways to celebrate our favourite treat.
Head to the Guylian Café Dubai
This is a Belgian chocolate haven. With everything a chocoholic could ever wish for, this café will definitely be able to fulfil your chocolate cravings. For a real chocolate hit, you’ve got to try the Guylian Bombe au Chocolate, and if you’re into the seriously dark stuff try the Dark Belgian Chocolate Dome filled with hazelnut ice cream.
Locations at The Palm, Dubai Mall and Mirdif City Centre.
Order a chocolate tasting kit
Move over cheese and crackers girls nights, there’s a new night in on the block. UAE based chocolate makers Mirzam have launched a Typica Coffee and Mizam Chocolate Tasting Bag, and we couldn’t be more excited. What could be better than an evening tasting the finest coffee and chocolates?
Prices from Dhs185 from mirzam.com.
Indulge at Vintage Chocolate Lounge
Dubai Mall’s Vintage Chocolate Lounge says the come from “a passion for chocolate, food and coffee”. Well, we do too! There are some seriously chic chocolate desserts on offer here, such as the impeccably risen chocolate souffle and the chocolate cardamom cake. Or, if you’re looking for something a bit more fun, order the choco sushi or fondue.
Based at the Dubai Mall.
Treat yourself at Chocomelt
No matter what form you fancy your chocolate, Chocomelt will do it. Lava cake, cheesecake, an ice cream tower; if you can imagine it, they will do it! They also have some very tasty looking non-choc options too, Biscoff crepes we’re looking at you…
Locations at The Dubai Mall and Nad Al Hamar (psst, Abu Dhabi is coming soon!).
Get a Candy Pedi at Kozma and Kozma
Chocolate isn’t just for tasting! Well, mostly it is. But it is also used in this super sweet Candy Pedi. Kozma and Kozma have created a pedicure with a sugary sweet theme, from the rich chocolate scented foot scrub to the hydrating chocolate covered cherry foot mask, this spa treatment sounds good enough to eat!
Prices from Dhs185, located at Alwasl.
Cupcake heaven at Magnolia bakery
Freshly baked every day, Carrie Bradshaw’s favourite cupcake shop knows a thing or two about chocolate. Whether it’s the German Chocolate cupcake with coconut and caramel pecan topping, the velvety smooth chocolate cheesecake or the flourless chocolate cake, your sweet tooth will definitely be satisfied with Magnolia Bakery.
Locations at Dubai Mall, Palm Jumeirah, The Galleria on Al Maryah Island Abu Dhabi, Fiorenza La Pizza Saudi Arabia and Hitteen Square Saudi Arabia.
Try some chocolate ravioli
Fancying a different way to enjoy your choc this World Chocolate Day? Look no further than Brunch and Cake’s Chocolate Stuffed Marbled Ravioli, the perfect combo of sweet and savoury! So, does this count as an actual meal?
You can order this speciality for one day only from Deliveroo for Dhs45.
Bake the world’s best brownies
Learn a new recipe this World Chocolate Day and whip up a batch of Gordon Ramsay’s Worst’s Best Brownies. With only 9 ingredients and 6 steps, this is a pretty simple recipe for gooey chocolatey goodness. We’re guessing your friends will be very grateful for you learning this recipe too!
Sample some gelato at Mazmi Café
Nestled in the heart of Dubai Souq, Mazmi Café is home of the best artisan gelato. Smooth and creamy, they feature your favourite classic flavours such as Choco Coco, Hazlenut and Pistachio, as well as exciting newbies such as Karak, Saffron and Rose. The perfect way to cool down in the scorching summer sun, they also have a huge selection (not just vanilla!) of gluten-free and dairy-free flavours.
Located at Meena Bazaar, Dubai.
Dive into some Mélange cookies
If anyone in Dubai knows cookies, it’s Mélange. Soft classic cookie dough, chunks of rich chocolate, exciting flavour combinations: it’s got to be a Mélange cookie! When that chocolate craving strikes you can order a box of 6 cookies straight to your door. We’ve got the ‘All Nighter’ in our basket; a coffee after taste and a dark cacao.
Order from melangeme.com.
Pick up some Marks & Spencer chocolate
If you’re passing a M&S food hall today, we would strongly suggest popping in and snapping up a box if their luxurious chocolate to indulge in this World Chocolate Day. Not only do they use the most premium ingredients but they have the highest ethical and environmental standards, so you can enjoy your chocolate knowing it is 100% Fairtrade.
Available in Marks and Spencer food halls and on the M&S Food and Deliveroo apps.
Learn how to be a professional chocolatier
The International Centre for Culinary Arts Dubai has started taking intake for its next Artisan Professional Chocolatier Programme in September. Delivered across two days, you will learn the art of tempering chocolate, how to make truffles, mould chocolate and fill chocolates with a range of fillings. Imagine being able to make your own fantasy chocolates whenever the craving strikes… sign us up!
ICCA Dubai are currently taking admissions for September.