As Houston has grown over the years, it has become known for many great things, among them being plenty of places to have a great meal and other treats. For many Houstonians, when warm weather gives way to the colder temperatures of fall and winter, there’s nothing better than sitting down and relaxing with a great cup of hot chocolate. While you can make your own at home, it’s often much better if you can venture out for your hot chocolate. Upon doing so, you’ll quickly discover there is much more to hot chocolate than you ever imagined. If we’ve got your taste buds primed and ready for action, here are three places in Houston whose hot chocolate is definitely underrated.
Chocolat du Monde
If you venture into the Rice Village area, you absolutely have to make a stop at Chocolat du Monde for a cup of hot chocolate. A European-style store that is very quaint and actually somewhat hidden within Rice Village, searching for it will pay off big-time in terms of your taste buds. While considered one of the best chocolate shops in Houston thanks to its array of chocolate truffles, it also carries an excellent assortment of gift boxes filled with various types of chocolate. However, more and more people are beginning to discover Chocolat du Monde for its hot chocolate, which is made from the highest-quality of cacao. If you want to give their hot chocolate a try, make sure you do so early in the afternoon, since the boutique closes at 6 p.m. each evening.
Cacao & Cardamon
Considered one of the most contemporary new businesses to open in Houston over the past year, Cacao & Cardamom owner Annie Rupani has quickly established herself as a true hot chocolate guru. While offering to-die-for handcrafted chocolates, ice cream, and even various types of wine that can be paired with whatever chocolate you select, it is her hot chocolate that is beginning to get noticed more and more by an ever-growing customer base. For many people, there’s no better cup of hot chocolate anywhere in Houston than the Cacao & Cardamom hazelnut hot chocolate. In addition, each customer can customize their hot chocolate in various ways. For example, you can select whole milk or macadamia milk as your base, and also choose between Venezuelan, Colombian, or Madagascan chocolate. Finally, if you want a unique twist on your hot chocolate, try the shop’s frozen hot chocolate. Once you do, we bet you’ll want it over and over, even on those coldest of winter days.
Araya Artisan Chocolate
Should you happen to be in or around Gray Street in Houston, you’ll notice a shop named Araya Artisan Chocolate. If you are in the mood for hot chocolate, your mouth will never forgive you if you don’t venture inside and order a cup. Though definitely underrated over the years, many customers now swear Araya Artisan Chocolate has without a doubt the best hot chocolate anywhere in Houston. Made with Venezuelan cacao, it is as rich and thick as any hot chocolate you could ever drink. By taking exotic melted chocolate, pouring it into a cup of warm milk, and then serving it with marshmallows and various spices, it is an experience any true chocolate lover will remember for some time. As an added bonus, the shop also sells dipping sticks made of its exquisite chocolate, allowing you to make your own hot chocolate at home when you can’t get to the shop.
While the above-three spots have some of Houston’s most underrated hot chocolate, we couldn’t stop at only three. Therefore, we’re going to add one extra place where the Houston hot chocolate is unbelievable, and that is Agora on Westheimer Road. Often filled with college students, families, and senior citizens all mingling together, Agora offers hot chocolate that it topped with its unique thick and sweet whipped cream. While this sounds great on its own, don’t start sipping until you swing by Agora’s spice table and add a few dashes of this and that to your cup.
Once you start feeling that nip of cold air hitting you in the face, there’s no doubt your thoughts will turn to having a cup of something warm and tasty. When this happens, your brain will immediately start thinking of hot chocolate. Therefore, after you’ve stopped by your Proguard storage unit to grab or drop off an item or two, head for any of these great Houston hot chocolate destinations.