Hot Chocolate - Vosges, Moonstruck, Others?
I'm visiting Chicago for the first time in a week or so. I'm a big hot chocolate fan. I know there are several excellent chocolate shops in Chicago (Vosges and Moonstruck being two).
Is there hot chocolate good? I'd like to buy a cup prepared at the store, not the mix. I'm looking for hot chocolate similar to what you'd find at L.A. Burdick or Chantico at Starbucks.
What are some other good places for hot chocolate? How is the Ghiradelli shop downtown?
I'd like to know if any of the Oaxacan places make old-style Mexican hot chocolate.
Maybe Frontera for upscale but how about Ixtapucaño... or something similar La Oaxacaña... anyone know?
Moonstruck has a great hot chocolate that is infused with a subtle almond flavor. I forget what they call it, but it is really good...rich, but you can still drink the whole cup. Plus they give you a nice little piece of chocolate with every drink, a nice touch. The other nice thing about Moonstruck is that they encourage you to sit and enjoy. Vosges is more if you wanted to take it on the run. That being said, I think it would be perfect to get a cup of hot chocolate at Moonstruck to go, and walk with it a block to Millenium Park and enjoy the day!
At Vosges, I prefer their Mexican hot chocolate. It has a nice spice to it. I have brought the mixes home, though, and cannot replicate the flavor of having it in the shop.
53 W. Jackson Blvd
Chicago, IL 60604
This is in downtown Chicago, at Jackson & Dearborn. I don't think they're open real late, maybe closes after evening rush hour. Check with them.
3123 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL 60657
Take either (1) a northbound #36 Broadway bus from downtown or near north and get off at Barry, or (2) take the northbound Red or Brown Line el trains to the Belmont stop, catch a #77 Belmont bus eastward to Broadway, walk 1.5 blocks south. Depending on traffic, travel could take 20-40 minutes. They're open 6a-10 Mon.-Thurs., 6a-11p Fri., 7a-11p Sat., and 7a-10p Sun.
They create a chocolate base at the shop and produce the richest hot chocolate; I cannot imagine a richer one anywhere. To experience death by chocolate encourage them to put as much chocolate sauce as they can on top of the whipped cream, it won't take much pleading. Regretably, they've never created a version for home use.
There is a Ghiradelli by WaterTower, but you can do better!
Margies is fabulous for hot chocolate, not to mention their homemade chocolate fudge and ice cream. Very fun and kitchzy. You will have to travel a bit (it is at Western and Milwaukee) But it is fantastic.
Vogses is good, but gourmet in taste. They have a selection of 3 hot chocolates...dark with a bit of aztec spiciness...white chocolate...and milk chocolate (tahitian vanilla?). I can't remember what the adds are in the other two since my fav is dark. But Vosges doesn't really have a sit down atmosphere.
Moonstruck was ok for me...I did not really dig the almond flavoring.
You might also try the chocolate fountain at the Ritz Carlton. It runs at night in the Garden Room. Beautiful view of the city...comfortable setting..and all the chocolate fondue you can eat!
Have a great time!