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Great hot chocolate in Seattle?

kkbriggs Nov 19, 2008 06:22 AM

A search here didn't turn up a whole lot. I've been craving hot chocolate in a major way - any suggestions for a truly good cup? Bonus points if it's downtown/Belltown...

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    nseattlefoodie RE: kkbriggs Nov 19, 2008 07:11 AM

    I'm not a big fan of chocolate, however I live with a chocoholic who swears by the hot chocolate at the Confectional in the market. I think it is more of a drinking chocolate, so may not be in your craving for a true hot chocolate, but I thought I would put the suggestion out there.

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      bergeo RE: kkbriggs Nov 19, 2008 07:20 AM

      I agree about the confectional. The Chocolate Box (on 1st and Pine) not only has great drinking chocolate as well, but also has intriguing flavors like mint or peanut butter chocolate.

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        jaydeflix RE: bergeo Nov 19, 2008 08:41 AM

        Chocolopolis on Upper Queen Anne is supposed to get to the point where you can pick the chocolate used to make the hot chocolates... It's the same type of store as the chocolate box, but it feels a little more human and a lot less corporate.

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        blue2000 RE: kkbriggs Nov 20, 2008 05:02 PM

        I had excellent hot chocolate at the Fran's Chocolate Store at Uvillage. A little out of your way, but I think there may be a Fran's downtown?

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          terrier RE: blue2000 Nov 20, 2008 06:11 PM

          There is a Fran's downtown at 1st & Union. It just opened.

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            kkbriggs RE: terrier Jan 4, 2009 10:28 AM

            I've now been to the downtown Fran's a couple of times and it's very good - and dangerously close to my office. I also heard Caffe Umbria brought back their Italian hot chocolate. Has anyone tried it?

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          Luwak RE: kkbriggs Nov 20, 2008 06:03 PM

          Both Le Pichet and Brasa serve delightfully decadent hot chocolate.

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            zoogrrrl RE: Luwak Jan 4, 2009 01:01 PM

            When you want the ultimate hot chocolate experience, try the chocolat chaud at Le Pichet. It is made with chocolate and hot water (amazingly), thick, and rich. Comes with beautiful orbs of whipped cream on the side. It is more dessert than hot chocolate and fantastic if you're in the mood for that. We had it once again on New Year's Eve and it was a wonderful at ever.

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              seattledebs RE: zoogrrrl Jan 4, 2009 01:29 PM

              They have the same one at Cafe Presse (same owners). It's pretty amazing.


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                dagrassroots RE: seattledebs Jan 4, 2009 05:11 PM

                Also a good one in that style at Sweet and Savory in Mt Baker.

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            djuna22 RE: kkbriggs Nov 21, 2008 08:49 AM

            I have a soft spot for the Nutella-laced hot chocolate at Tutte Bella

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              jenn RE: kkbriggs Nov 21, 2008 02:48 PM

              Not sure about downtown but if the craving hits at SeaTac, the Dillantante [sp] booth has awesome drinking chocolate.....and I was never big on drinking chocolate. Lots of different flavors, not too sweet and priced not much different than a latte.

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                lulumialu RE: jenn Jan 4, 2009 08:27 PM

                Not sure if the Dilettante is still open in Westlake Center, but they've got a 10 or so different drinking chocolates, from white to very dark. delicious.

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                Lauren RE: kkbriggs Jan 5, 2009 02:03 PM

                I recently had the hot chocolate with cayenne at Chocolati and it was fantastic. Not too sweet with just enough cayenne to make you sit up and take notice - but not knock you over.

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                  HungWeiLo RE: kkbriggs Jan 5, 2009 02:27 PM

                  My wife really really likes the hot cocoa at Ken's Artisan Bakery in Portland. She hasn't found one that is like that around Seattle. Any suggestions?

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                    jaydeflix RE: HungWeiLo Jan 5, 2009 03:28 PM

                    Has she tried any of the ones posted to this thread already? That'd probably be a good first step.

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                      HungWeiLo RE: jaydeflix Jan 6, 2009 05:58 AM

                      Yeah, we've been making our way down the list. But no hits just yet.

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                        jaydeflix RE: HungWeiLo Jan 6, 2009 09:34 AM

                        What have you tried and what didn't you like about it?

                        That might help with recommendations beyond the above. =)

                        Imagine if we were talking about 'best pizza' and all variations were thrown out (thin, thick, east coast, californian, brick oven, etc) and someone said 'I've tried some, but haven't found what I liked,' it'd be the same thing.

                        And keep in mind that (I'd wager) most people haven't had Ken's Artisan Bakery's Hot Chocolate, so don't know what you're looking for in terms of flavour, consistency, etc....

                        Personally, I'd go to Chocopolis on top of Queen Anne and, assuming they've got the pick your own chocolate in place, find a chocolate you like and have them make a hot chocolate out of it.

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                          HungWeiLo RE: jaydeflix Jan 6, 2009 04:57 PM

                          Yeah, I'm hoping Chocopolis has what we need. That's on our list probably sometime this month.

                          I'm not my wife, and she has a tough time putting her requirements into words. But I think the criteria is piping hot and dark chocolate-y. And not too milky.

                          Recently, we're tried Le Pichet, Etta's, Caffe Ladro, Macrina, and Makeda. Makeda seems to come pretty close, according to her.

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                      kkbriggs RE: HungWeiLo Jan 5, 2009 05:34 PM

                      I've not had that one - what's it like? I've been working my way through the ones suggested here in the past month or so - still have some to try - but there's definitely some good hot chocolate in this city!

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