Cuckoo about cacao? Time to ensure your chock-full calendar has space for some choc-filled eats today – it's World Chocolate Day! Which means, you have a carte blanche to binge guilt-free on the brown stuff so decadent, its scientific name, Theobroma cacao, literally translates to food of the gods. Good news for us earthlings, its greatest fans are that a host of places around the city are offering up a bevy of chocolicious desserts to celebrate the confection and reverse your mid-week stress: dessert after all is stressed spelled backwards.
Marks & Spencer
Stock up on your chocolate stash with M&S’ luxurious range of chocolate available, especially today. The 100 per cent Fairtrade eats, ranging from individual bars and gift boxes to hampers, are made of rich cocoa and use premium ingredients. Shop them online at M&S Food, el Grocer and Deliveroo apps and in Marks & Spencer food halls. From Dh35.
London Dairy Café
The ice-cream experts are sweetening their product line (and your taste buds) with the launch of a new range of handcrafted chocolate bars today. Prefer your chocolate molten? The café’s Hot Chocolate or Chocolate Milkshake will go down a treat with you. Or cool off with a scoop of vanilla ice cream over a delicious chocolate brownie. Dh12 per chocolate bar.
Depachika Food Hall, The Dubai Mall
Trust us, you definitely want to schedule a pit-stop by Depachika Food Hall’s today. The gourmet store’s vendors are showcasing over 170 different types of Chocolate treats today in honour of World Chocolate day with free samplings – this is your chance to get your hands on Italian gelato, ice cream cakes, chocolate moishis and chocolate-flavoured popcorn.
You can also take your candy crushes home with exclusive promotions such as buy one get one for one offers on Japanese chocolate brand Royce’s hit ganache Nama that is made of melted chocolate, fresh cream and dusted with cacao powder. Sweet dreams are made of these…
Mirzam Chocolate Makers
The home-grown artisanal chocolate makers have teamed up with fellow Al Quoz denizen Birch Café and Bakery to pair two of our favourite things – luxurious chocolate and fluffy pastry. The result is the Mirzam Chocolate Doughnuts – a scrumptious treat that comes with a gooey chocolate custard centre and made of airy dough painstakingly fermented for 48 hours. To reserve your doughnuts, WhatsApp 050 724 2411. Dh19 per doughnut.
The department store’s in-house eatery, Le Gourmet is celebrating the classic combo of caffeine and cacao. They’re doling out melt-your-mouth blocks of Nama chocolates – the decadent ganache from Japanese chocolate brand Royce, with every order of coffee. We’d also recommend you take a very late lunch break today so you can make it to Royce Chocolates’ chocolate tasting in the store from 2pm-4pm.