As every Chicagoan (and Game of Thrones fan) knows, winter is coming. It’s tough keeping warm when the wind blows off the lake, but a hot drink can make all the difference in the world. So, for all the sweets lovers and coffee haters, here are a few places serving up delicious hot chocolate as we head into the colder months.
1747 North Damen Avenue
It’s right there in the name, so there’s no ignoring the importance of this place in any hot chocolate roundup. Opened in 2005 by James Beard Award winner, Mindy Segal, Mindy’s HotChocolate has been serving up sweets for over a decade. Need a quick fix? Pop over to Revival Food Hall to check out HotChocolate Bakery for a special to-go menu that includes Mindy’s famous hot chocolate, hot or over ice.
1114 West Belmont Avenue
Find a little bit of France in Chicago at this European-style cafe! In addition to pastries, soups, and sandwiches, Bittersweet serves up some delicious hot chocolate. A blend of chocolate, cream, and spices, the cafe’s take on this warm and tasty drink isn’t too sweet. It does come topped with whipped cream though, so be ready to lick your lips clean.
1651 North Wells Street
If you want great chocolate, go to the chocolate experts! Cocoa + Co. imports chocolate from around the world and sells it in bars, pastries and their special bliss bites – a spoonful of chocolate you can customize with toppings like nuts, dried fruit, or pretzels. And of course, they serve up thick and delicious drinking chocolate as well. Choose from seven different flavors, including peppermint and pumpkin.
832 West Randolph Street
If you tell me you’re not drooling over this photo, I’ll tell you to quit lying and wipe your chin. BomboBar takes hot chocolate to the next level with their Hotter Chocolates. That’s right – those are donuts you see hanging out of those cups. And biscotti. Bring back summer memories with a s’mores flavored drink, or add a pop of color to your day with some rainbow sprinkles. Can’t wait for the temperature to drop to get your hands on one of these? No worries. Head over today and try one frozen.
449 North Clark Street
Chicago’s only bean-to-cup hot chocolate has a Mexican twist that makes it a must-try. XOCO roasts and grinds its own cacao beans imported from Tabasco to make their steamy chocolate drinks. Try one of their chile-infused specialty hot chocolates for an extra kick.
And there you have it: classic creamy chocolate, new-and-improved flavors, and not-too-sweet recipes from around the world, all right here in Chicago. When the winter winds begin to blow, you know where to go!
Featured Image Credit: Mindy’s HotChocolate via Instagram