Now that winter is fully upon us, it’s time to recharge with a mug of hot cocoa. Portland offers plenty of spots for warming up with a chocolatey beverage.
Alma Handmade Chocolates
You might be familiar with this local chocolatier because of its unique 23-karat-gold chocolate icons. But you may not know that Alma is a true hot chocolate hotspot. Among the nine varieties offered are a classic drinking chocolate, a kiddie cocoa and even a tea-infused hot chocolate. For more exotic tastes, there’s a Thai coconut concoction with ginger, chilies and lime, and a hot chocolate made with habanero caramel.
Alma NE: 140 NE 28th Ave, | Alma SE: 1323 SE 7th Ave. | 503-517-0262 | almachocolate.com
The two downtown locations of this high-end chocolate shop offer a range of hot chocolate options. The everyday hot chocolate comes in milk and dark options, and then there are three “drinking chocolates” – Rivoli, a rich, European-style dark chocolate beverage; a cinnamon-infused milk and dark version; and “Spicy,” which is spiked with cayenne, smoked paprika and ginger. Dairy-free customers will enjoy the almond milk hot chocolate. All of Cacao’s beverages have a high ratio of chocolate to liquid. For a take-home experience, you can purchase a 12-ounce bottle of premium ground drinking chocolate.
414 SW 13th Ave., 503-241-0656 | 712 SW Salmon St., 503-274-9510 | cacaodrinkchocolate.com
Cup & Bar
This year-old tasting room and store, which is run by Trailhead Coffee Roasters and Ranger Chocolate Company, pairs small-batch coffee with handmade chocolate. Try a Ranger mocha or a hot chocolate, and accompany it with a tasty baked goodie.
118 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. | 503-388-7701 | cupandbar.com
The five locations of this shrine to all that is chocolate provide plenty of sweet satisfaction. You can accompany your cup of classic, dark or Mayan hot chocolate with a truffle or two. Take-home tins of ground chocolate are also available.
While this beloved local coffee shop offers much more than hot chocolate, customers make trips here just for a cup of cocoa. What makes it so special? Café owner Shawna McKeown explains, “We make our hot chocolate by melting down a combination of Belgian milk and dark chocolate, adding a few flavor-enhancing (and all-natural) ingredients and blending it until it’s just right. We also use this mixture as the base for our mochas.” McKeown’s chocolate chip cookies, also made with Belgian chocolate chips, are a great accompaniment.
1740 SE Hawthorne Blvd. | 503-384-2160 | oui-presse.com
Provisions Market Hall-Eugene
Eugene is home to a great new foodie destination where you can enjoy hot chocolate. Located in the bustling 5th Street Public Market, Provisions Market Hall serves up a hot dark chocolate ganache with housemade whipped cream and a dusting of chocolate on top. Sit down and enjoy a cup in between shopping for groceries and people watching.
296 E Fifth Ave., Eugene | 541-743-0660 | provisionsmarkethall.com
Although this small shop at the front of a chocolate factory does not prepare beverages, it does sell bags of high-quality drinking chocolate for $20. Ground into small particles for ease of melting, the chocolate is made from 70% cacao. Woodblock recommends whisking it into simmering nut, soy or cow’s milk. For even more chocolatey goodness, add a few specialty origin chocolate bars to your order; they come in flavors including dark milk, toasted sesame and salt.
SE Oak St. | 503-477-5262 | woodblockchocolate.com