Comforting, nostalgic, rich and creamy are words to describe a favorite winter treat for grown-ups and kids alike… hot chocolate! Whether you need to warm up or are looking for an after-school treat, check out these local options for a great cup of hot cocoa.
George House Coffee & Tea Company
1041 N. Main St.
The Basics: George House offers Ghirardelli Hot Chocolate available in small, medium and large sizes. A 12 oz. (small) is $2.50 and can be made less hot for kids. Homemade whipped cream is included at no charge.
“Make it Yours” Options: Many flavored syrup options are available including mint, toasted marshmallows, caramel and more. Adults can add espresso or coffee to their drink. The Cold Cocoa Buzz is a frozen hot chocolate made with Dietsch’s chocolate syrup.
Dessert Favorite for Kids: Giant Cinnamon Roll
We Serve. Coffee
114 E. Sandusky St.
The Basics: We Serve. Coffee offers milk or organic dark hot chocolate in a standard 16 oz. size for $2.99. The order can be split into two 8oz. cups for kids. Whipped cream is available for no additional cost.
“Make it Yours” Options: Flavored syrups can be added for an additional .50 and seasonal hot chocolate options include peppermint stick, cherry cordial and white chocolate raspberry.
Dessert Favorite for Kids: Cake Pops available in seven different flavors
328 S. Main St.
The Basics: Coffee Amici offers hot chocolate in small (12 oz.), medium (16 oz.) and large (24 oz.) options, topped with whipped cream and a sprinkling of chocolate bits for no additional charge. A 12 oz. is $2.15 and seems to be the perfect size for kids.
“Make it Yours” Options: 15 different flavored syrups can be added at no cost. Peppermint is popular in the winter, while coconut and raspberry are popular in the spring and summer. Frozen hot chocolate with whipped cream is a big hit in the warmer months. Soy and almond milk are available as milk substitutes.
Dessert Favorite for Kids: Fresh cookies from local bakeries (flavors vary)
2560 Tiffin Ave.
The Basics: Biggby offers four hot chocolate options: Cocoa Carmella, Dark, Mellow, or Mint Hot Chocolate. The kids’ size is $1.99 for a 10 oz. cup made less hot. Adults can choose from 16, 20 and 24 oz. options priced between $4-5. Whipped cream and syrups are drizzled on top for no additional charge.
“Make it Yours” Options: Adult sizes are available hot, iced or frozen. Sprinkles can be added for free while a “zip” energy booster can be added for .50 cents for adults.
Dessert Favorite for Kids: Sour Cream Glazed Donut Holes
516 S. Main St.
The Basics: Scrambler Marie’s offers their own double-rich hot chocolate packaged in Lansing, Michigan made just for their restaurant. Whipped cream is available at no additional cost. A standard size is $2.39 with FREE REFILLS for those dining in.
“Make it Yours” Options: Kids often prefer just plain ol’ hot chocolate or they can choose to add whipped cream, but adults can take advantage of other hot seasonal offerings, such as Pumpkin Spice Cappuccinos.
Dessert Favorite for Kids: Stuffed French Toast
Hot Chocolate Recipe (Adapted from allrecipes.com)
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
½ cup white sugar
1/3 cup boiling water
3 and ½ cups milk
¾ tsp vanilla extract
½ cup half and half
pinch of salt
Combine the cocoa, sugar and salt in a saucepan. Blend in the boiling water. Bring this mixture to an easy boil while you stir. Simmer and stir for 2 minutes, watching that it doesn't scorch. Stir in milk and heat until very hot, but do not boil. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Divide between 4 mugs. Add the cream to the mugs of cocoa to cool it to drinking temperature. Add any toppings you’d like and enjoy!