There’s nothing more comforting than indulging in a cup of hot chocolate on a cold winter’s day. But if you thought that hot chocolate was just a mixture of powdered cocoa and milk, then you’re in for a treat at these DFW spots where the hot chocolate is over the top.
908 Market St.
Allen, TX 75013
Troy Easton’s intricately designed hand-crafted chocolates are ambrosial works of art and his two versions of hot chocolate are equally epic. The sipping chocolates ($4) are exactly what you’ll find in most European cafes—thick, intense shots of pure melted chocolates served in small cups. The Valrhona French chocolate gives the dark sipping chocolate a deliciously complex earthy flavor, while the Belgian Belcolade turns the white and milk chocolate versions into luscious decadent treats. The large cup of drinking chocolate ($4.50), made with the addition of foamy milk to the melted base, is just as tasty, yet not as rich—leaving room for a few edible chocolates to enjoy on the side for a true chocolatey bliss.
Dude, Sweet Chocolate
1925 Greenville Ave.
Dallas, TX 75243
Katherine Clapner’s genius chocolate creations are what makes Dude, Sweet Chocolate a chocoholic’s paradise and her endless imagination doesn’t stop with her edible varieties. Clapner’s velvety hot chocolate is nothing short of sensational. “The main secret to making good cocoa is to start with good ingredients,” says Clapner, who uses a mix of Vahlrona’s cocoa powder and dark chocolates as a base for her seductively creamy hot chocolate. Then she amps it up with flavored foam toppings—ranging from banana chicory to Captain Crunch cereal. Whether you’re in Dallas or Fort Worth, you can stop in any of Dude’s locations for a tasting experience of practically everything in the shop, including the hot chocolate, or you can buy it by the cup for $4 and by the can to enjoy at home for $16.
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La Duni Latin Kitchen & Coffee Studio
8687 N. Central Expressway
Dallas, TX 75225
In addition to its outstanding Latin-inspired cuisine and desserts, La Duni, with locations in Dallas and Fairview, features an amazing beverage menu, including an exceptionally silky, rich hot chocolate. La Duni’s French hot chocolate ($5.25) is made with a combination of melted Belgian chocolates and assorted cocoas that are blended with half and half and topped with a dollop of whipped cream. Or for a lighter yet no less complex version, try the extra foamy Latin hot chocolate with milk. It’s the perfect accompaniment to one of Duni Borga’s famous pastries.
The Old Monk
2827 N. Henderson Ave.
Dallas, TX 75206
If the dark woods, cozy corners and heated patio aren’t enough to warm you up on a chilly day, then the Old Monk’s Knox Chox ($8) is guaranteed to give you a toasty buzz. This delicious hot cocktail is made with tasty Abuelita cocoa that’s spiked with butterscotch schnapps and whipped cream, but watch out or this dangerously addictive drink will send you right into a chocolate coma.
Buon Giorno Coffee
915 Florence St.
Fort Worth, TX 76102
Not only do the baristas at this cozy coffee house serve up some of the best cups of joe in town, but they also can whip up some stellar hot chocolate concoctions. Whether you’re hanging out at the flagship Grapevine location or relaxing in Fort Worth, you’ll find out why Buon Giorno’s signature hot chocolate ($3.50) is so famous after just one sip. Its velvety smooth texture comes from a secret recipe that includes melted Swiss dark chocolate, heavy cream and whole milk. While its signature hot chocolate can’t be beat, the Roma bianca mocha with Ghirardelli white chocolate and caramel syrups are also quite a tasty treat.
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