(The Triangle Trend) — Snow day or not, winter is the perfect excuse for sipping on hot cocoa 24/7. Now your kids can get in on the hype that day drinking is all about. (What else would day drinking be referring to after all?)
Swiss Miss is nice when you’re snowed in and looking for a quick, cheap fix to your cocoa cravings…but for a decadent treat? You’re better off shopping local. There are few things more satisfying than a rich chocolate flavor, and Cary is in no shortage when it comes to serving heaven in a cup.
As winter weather has been known to not stick around for too long in NC, you better hop on these decadent drinks while they’re still in season.
312 W Chatham St, Suite 101, Cary, NC 27511
Although walk-in traffic currently isn’t allowed at this chocolate shop, you’d be well served in checking out their curbside pickup or delivery services. Their hot cocoa bombs are created right in their shop and served in 4 indulgent flavors: Hot Cocoa, Sea salt Caramel, Peppermint, and White Chocolate Cocoa.
In case you haven’t been keeping up with winter trends, hot cocoa bombs are one of the latest obsessions. Similar to bath bombs, cocoa bombs are chocolatey balls dropped into water or milk. Aside from the cocoa bombs, Chocolate Smiles also has a great selection of chocolates. Milk, dark, truffles, a very nice variety. The ladies behind the counter are extremely helpful, patient, and professional. As their name suggests, you’re sure to leave with a big smile.
6490 Tryon Rd, Cary, NC 27518
This cafe serves tons of specialty drinks, including 12 oz. hot chocolate for $3.95 and 16 oz. hot chocolate for $4.15. You can choose for your drink to be made with Half & Half ($0.85), Almond Milk ($0.85), Milk, Oat Milk ($0.85), or Nonfat Milk. You’ll also be able to choose for your drink to be sweetened with Equal, Splenda, Sugar, Sugar in the Raw, Honey, or Stevia. Their flavor shot add-ins include Vanilla for $0.55, Hazel Nut for $0.55, or Caramel for $0.55. You can even ask for an extra shot ($0.55) or double extra shot ($1.10) of espresso, if you’re looking to get your caffeine fix too.
109 SW Maynard Rd, Cary, NC 27511
Turns out Caribou is good for a whole lot more than just coffee. You’ll love the dark chocolate hot cocoa. And if you’re extra fancy, definitely treat yourself to a cup of their spicy hot chocolate. Real chocolate melted into steamed milk and combined flavors of chipotle and ancho chiles; topped with whipped cream and chocolate chips. Other tasty alternatives for getting your chocolate fix are their Turtle Mocha, Malted Mocha, Spicy Mocha, Campfire Mocha, Mint Condition Mocha, Berry White Mocha, and Vanilla White Mocha.
109 SW Maynard Rd, Cary, NC 27511
La Farm Bakery is an amazing local French bakery with really good choices of coffee and bread. We’ve heard their white chocolate baguette is a must-try. Although not listed as “hot chocolate”, their “cafe mocha” is too much chocolate deliciousness to not have a spot in this article. Their cafe mocha is a chocolate lover’s dream come true. You’ll be able to indulge in the taste of their Cafe Latte along with the mixed-in magic of their “rich made-in-house chocolate ganache whisked directly into your shots.” You can order in either 12 oz. or 16 oz. for $4.29 or $4.69, respectively.
107 Edinburgh S Dr, Suite 106-A, Cary, NC 27511
You can get yourself a cup of hot cocoa at Asali for $3 or $4, depending on size. Aside from the hot chocolate, we’ve heard the desserts at Asali are amazing and the atmosphere is classy. All their cakes are very moist and their servings are huge! Asali is a family business and the service is great. They even serve some of the best macarons and Turkish coffee in the area. Make sure to get yourself a piece of their Baklava cheesecake to go, as it’s been described by guests as “heavenly.”