Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Best Hot Chocolates in Denver

As the weather gets colder in the Denver metro area, I thought y'all might like a list of my favorite hot chocolates...for those days when you need to warm up but also want to treat yo self. I scoured the city looking for unique and delicious options to compile into this list and I have to say, I'm pretty happy with it. Did I leave any of your favorites off? Let me know below — xoxo darling, Hayden.

Chocolate Lab — Denver

This might be my absolute favorite that I tried because it was so creamy and the homemade whipped cream provides a delightful addition. For $6.50, it's one of the priciest options, but it just makes it feel even more special. I stopped by one cold afternoon and had the restaurant to myself while I read my book and it was so peaceful. At the moment, they do have outdoor seating with space heaters if you don't feel comfy drinking your hot choc outside. 
Chocolate Elixir (choice of dark, milk, white), $6.50, 
Chocolate Lab, 2504 E. Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80206

D Bar — Denver

If you're looking for the most aesthetic cocoa and the most...millennial D Bar is where it is at. It comes with this marshmallow on a stick and whipped cream on a bed of chocolate nibs. It's a beautiful presentation. I would say it's pretty rich — more of a dark chocolate taste than that classic Swiss Miss milk flavor, but good! They have an outdoor patio with space heaters at the moment.
Hot Chocolate, $5.50
D Bar, 494 E 19th Ave, Denver, CO

The Chocolate Therapist — Littleton

Maybe the best bang for your buck is this delightful cup from a cute chocolatier in downtown Littleton. It's made with their homemade milk chocolate, cocoa powder and vanilla sugar. Just look at how frothy it is! Plus, downtown Littleton's main street is definitely something out of a Hallmark movie, so grab your hot chocolate and walk the streets...maybe you'll fall in love with the local cutie. 
Extraordinary Sipping, $2.75
The Chocolate Therapist, 2560 W Main St, Littleton CO 80120

Enstrom Candies — Arvada

I was so pleasantly surprised by this one! It's in a very industrial part of Arvada (like you wouldn't expect it to be there), but the white hot chocolate was so creamy. Obviously, it's very sweet/sugary because it's white & doesn't have cacao, but I really liked it. I went on a nasty, grey, cold day and this was the perfect thing to warm me up and get me in a better mood. While you're there, get some of the homemade chocolates as well!
White Hot Chocolate, $2.85
6770 West 52nd Avenue Unit C, Arvada, Colorado 80002

Woodgrain Bagels — Denver

I got my Campfire Mocha to-go, so I feel this photo doesn't really reflect how it looks normally. It's a combo of espresso, chocolate, smoked maple syrup and a graham cracker dust toasted marshmallow (she's hidden in the photo above). This is the only one on the list that includes coffee — they do offer a regular hot chocolate for $3.50. I liked it because it provided that extra bit of caffeine. It's a little bitter, but we can blame the espresso for that. And it's a bit pricey, but if you're already there to get their delicious bagels, I would splurge!
Campfire Mocha, $6
Multiple locations, including Denver and Golden

Paciugo Gelato — Lakewood

100 percent this is the richest of the hot chocolates on this list. And why is that? They use actual gelato in it! I'm serious. It's so chocolaty, so creamy, so over-the-top. It's just so...everything. It's the perfect thing to pick up if you want to walk around Lakewood's Belmar (an outdoor shopping center), especially when it is lit up for the holidays. 
Choccolata, $3.79
7181 West Alaska Dr., Lakewood, CO 80226

Legends Coffee — Aurora

If you don't live in Aurora, this will be quite the drive, but it's worth it. The hot chocolate is really creamy and made from the spot's homemade chocolate ganache (fun!). The shop itself is really cute but can get super crowded on a Saturday morning, so be wary of that in COVID times. It's near an outdoor shopping mall so you can pick yours up and walk around that. Or be like me and drink it in your car with a book...you do you boo! 
Hot Chocolate, $2.95
Legends Coffee, 24100 E. Commons Ave. #103, Aurora Colorado 80016

Toast Fine Food — Littleton

Toast is one of my favorite local breakfast places in south Denver. They have a dish of honey fried chicken biscuits that I think about almost weekly. But we're here for the hot choc! And look at that delightful cup of hot cocoa. It comes in a cute mug with whipped cream & chocolate sauce. I would say this might be one of the most classic cups in Denver. It makes you feel like you've come home from school on a cold day and your guardian made this for you. 
Hot Chocolate, $3.99
Toast Fine Food, 2630 W Belleview Ave. Ste. 100, Littleton, CO 80120

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