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Chicago winters know how to make an entrance (without much warning!) –There’s nothing better than warming up to a piping cup of hot cocoa when the temps got you down. (40 below wind-chill to be exact, ouch!) Heart of Chic has searched high and low for the most decadent hot chocolate that’s allowed in a mug! Luckily for us, Chicago has a spot for just about everyone. (And, yes, you’re allowed to break your New Years resolution for these — they’re that good). So, let’s make a toast — to kicking these cruel months to the curb with our secret chill-weapon, hot chocolate. Tag your hot cocoa pics with hashtag #ChicagoCocoa — I’d love to see your sips!
XOCO: Scoring a spot on America’s best hot chocolate, XOCO is comin’ in strong! Mr. Rick Bayless highlights Mexican street food with one ingredient in mind: authenticity. Made fresh from ground cacao beans, and roasted right before your twinkling eyes — it’s too good! Oh, and don’t forget to order a hot churro for the ultimate slam dunk.
Mindy’s Hot Chocolate: I mean, if you live in Chicago and you still haven’t been, you’re on the naughty list. Chef Mindy is my partner-in-crime in the dessert department. House-made marshmallows, ya’ll — & they’re superb. I highly recommend the maple caramelized white chocolate (just drooled on my keyboard) but if you’re feeling simple, the old-fashioned milk chocolate will surely do, too!
Katherine Anne Confections: If you’re having an especially rough day, pair your hot cocoa with house-made truffles, whip cream and marshmallows. Not any kind of marshmallow: vanilla bean, salted caramel, hot chocolate, cinnamon sugar, latte and chai tea are the flavors of choice. Katherine’s is a great place to kick your feet up, relax and take a treat to go! It’s one of my absolute favorite places on earth. You will not be disappointed…
Margie’s Candie’s: The Beatle’s, Al Capone, Bruce Springsteen & more have dined at this historic gem! It’s the most charming, intimate dessert you’ll ever have. Did I mention the Beatles? They still have the very booth they would sit in (a great Instagram photo, no?) The desserts are out-of-this-world good, but the hot chocolate is perfection and served with a side of cookies to seal the deal. Make this a date-night with your favorite, you’ll be glad you did!
Wormhole Coffee: I absolutely love this Wicker Park gem. Fun atmosphere, delicious cocoa (that comes with latte art, very important) You know how you can order coffee however you’d like? Feel free to do the same with cocoa — I would add some peanut butter in there, just saying! Also, the staff at Wormhole — Chicago’s heart. They all deserve a metal for being rockstars at life. A great time for all!
Please share! What are your favorite hot cocoa spots?