When winter winds nip your cheeks and snowflakes fly through the air in Detroit, Michigan, all you want is a cup of hot chocolate or a hot cocoa bomb to tame the season’s chill. The Detroit metro area offers plenty of places to find the perfect hot chocolate indulgence.
Drifter Coffee began in 2015 as a mobile coffee shop based in a 1971 Serro Scotty trailer affectionately called The Caboose. For four years, this coffee caboose warmed the hearts of residents across the Detroit metropolitan region. In 2019, Drifter Coffee put down roots at a brick-and-mortar location in Ferndale. Today, its two-story home is a hub for community, coffee, and conversation.
Make tracks to Drifter Coffee for a comforting 12- or 16-ounce cup of hot cocoa to warm you from the inside out on a cold winter’s day. The Ugly Bastard might turn you off by the name alone, but don’t let it dissuade you from ordering this decadent hot chocolate and coffee hybrid drink featuring mocha flavor and milk.
Pair your cup of hot cocoa with one of the delicious baked goods that include gluten-friendly and vegan offerings. Follow Drifter Coffee on social media or give them a call to confirm what’s on the menu.
Location: 770 Woodward Heights, Ferndale
Take a trip to Plymouth and discover a 150-year-old train station home to a retro ice cream and beverages shop, Eats & Sweets. Besides offering the most delicious ice cream creations and specialty cafe beverages, Eats & Sweets is the place to go for an indulgent hot cocoa bomb.
Hot cocoa bombs captured public attention in 2019 as a fun alternative to traditional hot chocolate powder mixes. Eric Torres Garcia of Boise, Idaho, developed this chocolate sphere filled with hot chocolate mix and plenty of marshmallows. His viral TikTok video launched hot cocoa bombs to popularity.
Eats & Sweets offers several flavors of homemade hot cocoa bombs. Vanilla chai, pumpkin spice, and butterbeer are great for mixing with steamed milk, while the caramel apple cider makes an incredible drink when mixed with hot cider or water. Purchase single hot cocoa bombs or a gift box of four hot cocoa bombs. You can preorder hot cocoa bombs online for pickup at Eats & Sweets each Thursday from 2 to 7 p.m.
Location: 900 Starkweather St., Plymouth
Come in from the cold and warm your body and spirit by the community at Fourteen East. This home-like cafe, located within the Wayne State University Mike Ilitch School of Business building, invites locals and visitors alike to find rest and rejuvenation in the company of friendly people and extraordinary food and drink.
If you’re looking for a standout cup of hot chocolate, you’ll find it here at Fourteen East. The decadent gourmet hot chocolate is a Fourteen East specialty that has become renowned throughout Detroit. Made with Ghirardelli chocolate that melts into a pool of luscious goodness in the frothed milk, the Fourteen East hot chocolate is a drink to sip and savor as you gaze out the windows and watch snowflakes tumble from the wintry sky over the Detroit area.
Location: 2771 Woodward Ave., Detroit
Garrido’s Bistro embraces a multicultural approach in its food and beverage offerings to the Detroit community. When you step inside this bon vivant bistro, you’re greeted with a delightful, intimate dining experience in the Detroit suburbs. Dishes reflect a fusion of Latin, European, and Venezuelan flavors.
While the food will whet your appetite, the establishment’s boozy shakes and hot chocolate have put this dining spot on the map. Have you ever seen a towering display of chocolate-covered Rice Krispies Treats, mini cupcakes, doughnuts, ice cream, cake pops, or whipped cream garnishing a mug of hot chocolate? These gravity-defying concoctions will take your taste buds out of this world with the imaginative combinations of flavors and ingredients.
In-person dining is by reservation only.
Location: 19605 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Woods
Detroit’s award-winning modern Moroccan bistro has quickly made a name for itself in the city’s culinary scene since its expansion from a food truck to a brick-and-mortar restaurant. According to a Detroit News article, the establishment earned a prestigious James Beard Award semifinalist designation for Best New Restaurant in 2020.
In addition to its exceptional Moroccan fare, guests can’t get enough of the decadent Moroccan Hot Chocolate. Infused with the flavors of cardamom and accented with a torched orange blossom marshmallow, this beverage demonstrates how even hot chocolate lends itself to multiple interpretations and multicultural influences.
Location: 7636 Gratiot Ave., Detroit
When you crave a cup of hot chocolate, you’ll want to seek out this fun, funky cafe with locations in Birmingham and Ferndale. This delightful cafe makes a fabulous place to go for breakfast or lunch, thanks to its menu of hearty omelets, pancakes, waffles, and French toast.
Toast serves a heavenly Campfire Hot Chocolate creation that any hot chocolate enthusiast can’t resist. Fire-kissed toasted marshmallows glaze the top of this indulgent hot chocolate drink. The addition of sweet chocolate chips and crispy graham crackers transforms this decadent concoction into the liquid version of campfire s’mores. If you want to add some zip to your Campfire Hot Chocolate, order your drink with a shot of espresso.
Locations: 203 Pierce St., Birmingham | 23144 Woodward Ave., Ferndale
Telephone: 248-258-6278 | 248-398-0444
Who says you need to find a special occasion to enjoy a delicious cup of hot chocolate? Make tracks through snow-covered sidewalks and streets on a cold winter’s day to the establishments presented above and treat yourself to some hot chocolate. What did you think about the list we put together? Did we miss a cafe or restaurant that you believe we should include? Write to us and let us know. At Goodman Acker P.C., our personal injury and car accident lawyers enjoy sharing our community’s well-known businesses and hidden gems that make Detroit special.
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