NOM NOM CITY — Orange and yellow leaves may mean Halloween and scenic drives, but more deliciously it means hot cocoa on a chilly fall night.
This chocolatey treat was at one time literally liquid gold: ancient Mayans used the cocoa bean as currency. While still revered and valued by many, chocolate is a common treat in many forms. If you’ve got a craving for something hot and chocolatey, we’ve got some recommendations for you.
Made with solid dark, milk or vegan chocolate, this smooth hot chocolate is rich. Like, drinking a melted chocolate bar with a swig of milk rich. This thick hot chocolate is best shared, especially if you decide to add some chocolates or chocolate-covered blueberries or raspberries to your plate.
376 8th Avenue, Suite A, Salt Lake City
With a name like Decadence, you would expect its hot chocolate-making process to be elaborate.
Espresso-style Crio Brü is the cafe’s specialty. The beverage contains no coffee beans, rather, cocoa beans are roasted like coffee and brewed. If you’re expecting a sweet treat, you will want to add some honey or sweetener, as it has no added sugar and is only slightly sweeter than black coffee.
A nod to the Mayans, customers can try Crio Brü with notes of cinnamon, ground vanilla and cayenne or enjoy a local favorite, caramel and cherry. Whatever you try, non-coffee drinkers should expect to step outside their comfort zone.
584 W. 1600 North, Orem
Les Madeleines’ hot chocolate is so fancy I had to look up the pronunciation of the brand of chocolate they use. Valrhona chocolate was created in 1922 by a pastry chef and the company now grows, selects, manufactures and ships its chocolate around the world. With quality ingredients, it’s no wonder this hot chocolate is delicious.
But this is a pastry shop, and you should get the Kouing-aman — salted-caramel flavored puff pastries — to eat with your hot chocolate. Is that probably too much sugar for one day? Probably. Will it be delicious? Absolutely.
216 E. 500 South, Salt Lake City
A Utah classic, Salt Lake Roasting Company has something to satiate your sweet tooth on any level and hot chocolate is no exception.
Always made with quality ingredients, sit and sip a while in the coffee shop’s loft. Better yet, get a croissant and bring a book for a break.
320 E. 400 South, Salt Lake City
If you prefer marshmallows to whipped cream on your cocoa, then you will be pleased to experience Communal’s drinking chocolate (the fanciest way to say hot cocoa) topped with a giant homemade marshmallow.
The bittersweet chocolate slowly melts the marshmallow, creating that delicious and slurp-worthy gooey bit of marshmallow at the end of your cup.
102 N. University Avenue, Provo