211 S. 2nd St.; 6538 W. North Ave. Wauwatosa; 4525 N. Oakland Ave., Shorewood
These chocolatiers use the best quality ingredients to ensure their blends reign supreme. Your tastebuds will immediately know the difference between these handcrafted brews and the everyday pre-packaged stuff. You can pick up a bag of their original hot cocoa for $11 a bag at any of their three locations or on their online store.
Red Elephant Chocolate
333 N. Broadway St.
Red Elephant’s “CHAK’ATL cocoa bean beverage” isn’t quite the sugary drink you might be used to. With flavors like Amazon River Gold, Ivory Coast Pearl and Cinnamon Pearl, these blends use the natural flavor of the cacao bean and are strong in antioxidants. If you’re looking for a healthier take on hot chocolate, this is the way to go. Tins of the mix are available for between $20 and $22.
1701 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr.; 2301 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.; 2999 N. Humboldt Blvd.; and more.
Don’t sleep on this classic Milwaukee cup of cocoa. Locally produced, Colectivo sells $7 tins of the same cocoa they use in-store. Tried and true, you can’t go wrong.
1560 N. Water St.
Alderaan’s hot chocolate blend works perfectly with their homemade walnut brown sugar granola and unsweetened yogurt. For $4, you can purchase a large cup you will want to sip for hours.
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Hangout MKE Café & Lounge Co.
1819 N. Farwell Ave.
Pre-COVID, this place had board games, soccer pool, and giant Jenga. There was not a dull moment to be spared. While we wait to get back to normal, curbside pickup and delivery are available for their deliciously blended hot chocolate topped with whipped cream and chocolate syrup for $4.
Sip n Purr Cat Café
2021 E Ivanhoe Pl.
With over 600 cat adoptions to date, cuddles and head boops are not the only draw to this unique café. The hot chocolate comes in many flavors. A seasonal s’more blend priced at $4 takes you back to weekends as a kid roasting marshmallows and playing ghost in the graveyard. Reserve a time to go pet cats and sip on one of these hot cocoa blends. There is a $5 entry fee, and the cafe is only open Wednesday to Sunday. And remember, if you fall in love with one of the cats, they are up for adoption!
820 N. 68th St.
Hot cocoa bombs took the internet by storm, and now you can purchase your own at Ultimate Confections for $12. Professionally made, the presentation and the taste can make tastebuds sing. They are currently only available for curbside or in-store pick-up.
1317 E. Brady St.
Located on one of the livelier streets in Milwaukee, Rochambo has a phenomenal hot chocolate. In peppermint or original, you can savor the rich organic flavors for $5 and experience the shop’s one-of-a-kind atmosphere.
Bob’s Belgian Hot Chocolate
Bob’s Belgian Hot Chocolate comes to Milwaukee each year for German Fest, so they don’t have a brick and mortar store around. While this is sort of cheating, the hot cocoa is so amazing, we couldn’t leave it off this list. The deep-rich flavors that could act as a meal on their own. The drink is made with imported Belgian chocolate, and while you would have to wait for German Fest to get it in-person, you can still order it online.