Nothing takes away the chill of winter like a cup of hot chocolate made with rich melted chocolate or cocoa powder. OK, so maybe cold weather just makes us feel better about indulging in a heavenly cup of chocolaty goodness. We’ve rounded up eight hot chocolate experiences in Wichita that you won’t want to miss. We’ve even included a few non-chocolate treats. The best part is that most of these drinks are available year-round!
If you find yourself craving ice cream but wanting something warm, head to Churn & Burn for a cup of its house specialty hot cocoa that is so rich it tastes like a scoop of chocolate ice cream was heated into a drink. Like its ice cream, Churn & Burn makes this drink from scratch with milk, heavy cream, sugar, brown sugar, vanilla and cocoa then tops it with house-made whipped cream.
Kansas’ only master chocolatier serves artisan confections and beverages in the state’s only chocolate lounge. So it’s no surprise the menu includes seven amazingly delicious hot chocolates – including a sugar-free Belgian. Two of the most popular are Mexican and Mayan. The Mexican hot chocolate is made with bittersweet chocolate, brown sugar, cinnamon and vanilla. The Mayan hot chocolate combines bittersweet chocolate, honey, cinnamon, vanilla, ancho chili and crushed almonds.
What could be better than devouring a fresh donut made from scratch using Kansas-made buttermilk, eggs, butter and flour? Chasing it with a tasty hot cocoa, made to order. The baristas behind the coffee bar at The Donut Whole make hot chocolate in milk, dark or white chocolate every day of the year. In the fall and winter seasons they serve Autumn Creme drinks: hot white chocolate in your choice of three flavors – pumpkin spice, maple spice or spiced brown sugar.
Celebrity chef Alton Brown calls Espresso To Go Go his “Wichita happy place” and he’s visited both the Unicorn and the Disco Ball locations. The experience here matches the excellence of the beverages, including their hot chocolate made with steamed milk, the perfect mix of chocolate and sweetened condensed milk and topped with whipped cream.
This community coffee house offers delicious a hot chocolate made from an organic chocolate sauce. Patrons can get this same chocolate sauce as part of their coffee orders as well.
Want live music and art with your hot chocolate? Head to R Coffee House, which features live music most days of the week and rotates local artists’ work on its walls. Their expert baristas serve up tasty takes on hot chocolate: one flavored with gingerbread syrup, a candy cane version and the indulgent s’mores, a chocolate and toasted marshmallow flavored drink topped with toasted marshmallows, graham cracker crumbles and a dash of cinnamon.
There's no shame in ordering a hot chocolate in this coffee roaster cafe. Reverie Coffee Roasters makes its own chocolate sauce from Cocoa Dolce cocoa powder and combine it with another local ingredient, Hildebrand Farms Dairy milk.
Take a break from perusing the shelves of our local, independent bookstore and enjoy a cup of hot cocoa spiked with one of their syrup flavors; peppermint, Irish cream, toffee or salted caramel are just a few of the yummy options. You’ll also be tempted by the made-from-scratch scones, cakes, muffins, cookies, bars, pies and cinnamon rolls.