Seattle’s Best Sipping Chocolate

We scoured the city for its best liquid indulgences: thick, rich, hot melted chocolate and milk.

By Jess Thomson & Cody Bay


February 18, 2013

This article originally appeared in the February 2013 issue of Seattle Magazine.

Cayenne Hot Chocolate
If you’d abandon subtlety and nuance in favor of a hot chocolate with eye-popping flavor, Chocolati’s flavored hot chocolate menu is for you. Try the cayenne, with big, hot high notes that hit your sinuses right as you sip, then mellow as you get farther into the cup. $2.95 for 8 ounces of mix; $9.95 for 14 ounces. >> Multiple locations: Greenwood, Green Lake, Wallingford and downtown;

Valrhona Manjari Drinking Chocolate
The drinking chocolate menu at Queen Anne’s Chocolopolis has a holy grail for every lover of sipping chocolate—and each cup comes at just the right temperature, with a magical foamy cap that keeps the viscous liquid underneath hot as you drink it down. The tonics are made with artisanal chocolate from around the globe. Our favorite, one made with Valrhona’s Manjari, a chocolate from Madagascar, had just enough cherry to make someone fall in love. $5.25 for 8 ounces; $7.25 for a bar. >> 1527 Queen Anne Ave. N; 206.282.0776;

Fran’s Chocolates
65 percent Venezuelan Dark Hot Chocolate
Since Fran’s drinking chocolate comes in a big, white ceramic bowl—on a cute white ceramic tray, naturally, with a few little nibbles that change daily—you can curl your whole upper body around this treat, so it’s more of an elbows-on-the-table, spine-melting experience. We love the way the chocolate brings out the flavor of Lynden-based Fresh Breeze’s milk. $4 for 8 ounces of mix; $15 for 9 ounces. >> Available at downtown Four Seasons and University Village locations;

Wine Tea Chocolate
Meso-American Sipping Chocolate
Take Italy’s pudding-thick sipping chocolate on a field trip to the Yucatan and you’ve got Wine Tea Chocolate’s Meso-American sipping chocolate—a misnomer, really, because you’ll need the little spoon that comes with it. Made with almond milk, coconut milk, agave, orange zest and spices, this indulgence is served in a cozy new Fremont spot (open at 9 a.m. every day, for anyone who likes to start the morning sweetly), which also carries Claudio Corallo chocolate bars. $4 for 2 ounces, $12.50–$24.50 for Claudio Corallo bars. >> 3417 Evanston Ave. N, Suite 102; 206.402.5492;