To say this gastropub's freakshakes are just milky drinks is like saying Elvis was just a singer. It is to ignore the magnificent overindulgence and flamboyant goodness. The chocolate milkshake comes piled high and spilling over with Nutella, cookies, cream and even more chocolate oozing down the sides. Freaky. Dhs45.
Chocolate historians (believe us, that is a thing) can trace references to chocolate beverages in Mexico back around 3,000 years. So as far as we're concerned, by ordering the churros con chocolate at Maya, we're paying homage to history. That’s our story and we’re sticking to it. Not that we need an excuse to quaff the thick chocolate and fried, sugar-coated dough sticks. Dhs50.
Reminiscent of everyone’s childhood, this dessert is made up of enough chocolate to make any cravings disappear. We’re talking a sufficient piece of gooey chocolate cake topped with chopped fresh banana, served with two scoops of chocolate ice-cream and fresh dollops of cream, all showered with crispy cocoa balls and a generous swirl of hot chocolate sauce. Dhs39.
You can expect a certain degree of taste, subtlety and finesse from the restaurant crowned Best Italian at our recent Time Out Dubai Restaurant Awards. The handcrafted chocolates dished out at the adjoining bar every Sunday are evidence that craftsmanship and quality ingredients mark out luxury chocolate from the bars you can buy at supermarket checkouts. Each is paired with a glass of grape to highlight a particular flavour. Dhs140 with four chocolates. Sundays from 7pm.
The Belgian chocolate brand celebrates 90 years of decadence this year. Raise a glass, presumably of hot chocolate, and celebrate the occasion at a café dedicated to its offerings. Order your choice of handmade chocolates and savour them while enjoying the café's atmosphere. So much more satisfying than a salad, right?
You've seen the videos on the internet – a chocolate sphere has hot chocolate poured on top until the outer shell melts away to reveal the secret hidden dessert on the inside. In the case of this New York-inspired café in Jumeirah, the innards are crispy praline feuillantine, macaron mushrooms, edible flowers and gold, cherries and a creamy vanilla parfait. Dhs79.
This is no ordinary hot chocolate. At Angelina Tearoom, the recipe is thick, dark and intensely flavoured. Thick enough to make you seriously consider picking up a spoon and eating it like a soup, we recommend ordering a croissant on the side to dip in. Dhs39.
Celebrity chef Silvena Rowe preaches the importance of sustainable, organic, locally sourced foods at her Dubai restaurants. She is not above hitting us hard in the taste buds as well and turning the pleasure dial all the way up in this 72 percent chocolate sorbet and ganache Napoleon. It's gluten free (mainly because there is little room for anything except chocolate in this dish). Dhs39.
You need to take a deep breath before listing all the ways to eat and drink chocolate at this Jumeirah café. On waffles, in crêpes, as a fondant, with fondue, in a burger. Wait, what? The chocolate burger replaces traditional patties and condiments with ice-cream, fruit, chocolate sauce and all manner of yumminess. Dhs34.
Most of the dishes in this sweet round-up are at the decadent end of the choccie spectrum, but this Scottish dish makes it out of pure novelty factor. It's the most famous of Scotland's deep-fried snacks and if one of the world’s most popular candy bars in batter sounds like your sort of thing, you can sample it at Girders. Dhs35.
It's hard to get too excited about a hot chocolate drink when you're sitting in the 35°C heat on an outdoor beach terrace. Take a ski lift halfway up a snowy slope, however, and it becomes a lot more important. Spoon mini-marshmallows and frothy whipped cream on top and this might just be Dubai's most atmospheric beverage. Dhs22.
An entire brunch dedicating itself to chocolate will appeal to those with a serious sweet tooth. The chocolate room (read that again, an entire room – what’s not to love?) is the beating heart of the brunch. Chocolate art, sculpture, fountains, desserts and savoury dishes have long queues of drooling devotees in front of them every week. Join fellow Wonka-lovers and get all your chocolate needs in one sugar coma-inducing hit. Dhs199-399. Fri 12.30pm-4pm.
If your chocolate obsession is bordering on life-changing, you need to move beyond the mere eating of it and start studying. Did you know Dubai has its own prestigious chocolate academy? Designed for both chefs and the serious amateur enthusiast, learn the art of cake-making and confectionery design and gain a greater understanding of all things cocoa. Contact the academy for upcoming timings and prices.
Desserts are served by the metre and are presented in an actual library where you browse the offerings. Dishes such as a crispy chocolate and sesame fuseau or a chocolate tart soufflé made from 70 percent guanaja have previously featured among its offerings. Prices vary.
Excuse me, but you seem to have a bit of chocolate on your face. No, you haven't wiped it off yet. No, there's a bit more. Actually, there is chocolate over your entire face. It is in fact legitimate to have the sweet stuff smeared all over your visage as part of this facial. Paired with a diamond microdermabrasion, it cleanses and rejuvenates the skin, and smells delicious. Price on request.
Claiming to be the first camel milk café in Dubai there's a certain novelty factor to this coffee shop. All the ice-creams, baked goods, drinks and finger foods have the milk of a camel as a core ingredient. Be sure to grab yourself a small box of camel-shaped Al Nassma choccies to enjoy with your chocolate-flavoured camel milkshake. Prices vary.
The obsession with all things chocolate is such that it is now possible to make your own face smell and taste like a box of the stuff. Quirky cosmetics creator Too Faced is selling its Chocolate Bar range of eyeshadows at Sephora stores in the UAE. If you want eyes that suggest salted caramel, Black Forest truffle, crème brûlée or Haute chocolate, then this is your look. Just don't be tempted to pop them in your mouth, no matter how good they smell. Dhs195.
Who hasn't ever wanted to get their own face made into bite-sized pieces of chocolate to give to friends? If you're too shy to have your own image recreated in cocoa, any other picture can be transferred. Kim Kardashian candies, anyone? Dhs5 each (minimum 30 pieces).
The ingredients in Swiss chocolate can firm and nourish skin, apparently. So say the therapists at the Four Seasons' spa, so if you're feeling a little saggy, having the good stuff massaged all over your body is considered a good idea. You'll be exfoliated, as well, as part of this luxury treatment. Dhs850.
New York chocolatier Alison Nelson has seven branches of her Chocolate Bar in Dubai, with the newest opening recently on the Palm Jumeirah. Our pals at Time Out New York labelled the original the “Best Chocolate Store in New York” and who are we to disagree? Look out for retro candies and a diet-shaming collection of inspired treats.
Chocolatier Qudsia Karim has taken a global confectionary tour to bring her artisanal chocolates to Dubai. Studying at prestigious chocolate-making schools in Canada and the US, she has also toured France, Switzerland and Germany picking up sweet secrets (sweecrets?) along the way. The learnings are displayed in the handcrafted morsels available in her Al Barsha boutique.
Here's a novel concept that is something of a restaurant within a restaurant. The Cocoa Room is a kind of permanent pop-up that operates inside Slider Station in Galleria Mall. It's only open at breakfast and serves before, like Cinderella's pumpkin carriage, it disappears and turns into something else. When it's there, however, it has some of the most indulgent hot chocolates we've seen. saffron white hot chocolate, Mayan hot chocolate and an extreme salted caramel and burnt marshmallow number, too. Who said desserts have to wait until dinner time?