Frozen times such as this, I’m reminded of something important: Next to a good soul-warming pour of whiskey, few things set you straight on a snowy day like a quality dose of hot chocolate. But hear me, Nashville: Put down the packet. I’m talking real hot chocolate. It is here, and it is plentiful.
Here are some of the better ways to get it in Nashville:
I’ll be the first to admit it: As much as I like going out, when a hot chocolate craving hits me, it’s usually when it’s freezing outside, I’m in pajamas, and leaving the house sounds like the worst idea in history. But again, the powder packets… ugh. Here’s a perfect solution: Marathon Village’s Bang Candy Company makes Hot Chocolate on a Stick — exactly what it sounds like, made out of Belgian chocolate and molded onto a wooden spoon. You heat up some milk, plunge your chocolate-y spoon in and stir to achieve deliciousness and warmth. ($14 for four via BangCandyCompany.com)
At Germantown’s Tempered, chocolate is what they do — truffles are their specialty, and those are especially good. They also do hot chocolate, naturally, and it’s a top-notch classic version: homemade, luscious and warming. You can enjoy it at the Cafe or, if you want to approximate Tempered hot chocolate at home, make their Hot Chocolate Bombs — you drop one in 24 ounces of milk warming in a pot, and boom, cocoa for everyone! ($14, or 3 for $36, 1201 5th Ave. N.)
You know what they say: better ingredients, better pizza. Deservedly praised downtown coffee shop Crema makes their coffee with the best beans, so their hot chocolate, of course, follows — gourmet-grade Askinosie chocolate’s in there, and it makes Crema’s cocoa something special. 15 Hermitage Ave. (Since Crema led the coffee program over at Pinewood Social nearby, you can get your Askinosie cocoa fix there too.)
Marche in East Nashville is styled like a cozy European bistro, and in general, when they do simple things — like omelets and burgers — they do them with absolutely perfect execution. So it goes with the hot chocolate here. It’s simply extra-special delicious, and comes with (wait for it) Marchemallows.
Two claims to fame over at Inglewood’s Sip Cafe: Its current location is a former bank, and was the main set for Robin Williams film Boulevard; and every winter, they do this Hot Chocolates From Around The World thing that gives us access to all sorts of global cocoa twists. Mexican Cinnamon Spice, Arctic Mint, Caribbean Hot Chocolate (which I haven’t tried but I’m gonna guess is jerk related?) and more. Sip Hot Chocolate season ends in February, though, so your window is closing. (Speaking of windows… they have a drive-thru, too.)
At Josephine in 12 South, winter brunch gets warmed up in style and with added flair. You get velvety hot chocolate served in a teapot and on a tray with all the trimmings, like gourmet marshmallows and fresh whipped cream. Decadent, dignified and wonderfully chocolatey.
What am I missing, Nashville? Are there better (or just as good) places to take care of a hot chocolate craving? I’m eager to hear your picks, too.
Author:TJ Anderson Phone: 615-364-1530 Dated: February 9th 2016 Views: 1,010 About TJ: TJ Anderson is a Nashville Realtor with Benchmark Realty who's helped countless clients both buy a h...
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