As much as I miss the sun and pool parties, winter is just as exciting. This is the season for cute winter coats, bright scarves, knit berets and best of all – hot chocolate!
While it sounds divine to stay home and curl up on the couch while sipping on cocoa, you may need to step out of those furry slippers so you can experience all the different types of hot chocolate in Vegas. If you remember how Flanders hooked up Bart’s hot chocolate in “The Simpsons” movie, that’s exactly where I’m getting at: there’s a whole world of drinks you have yet to experience.
For some real, tricked out hot chocolate flavors, you have to make a stop at Max Brenner, Chocolate by the Bald Man inside the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace. This isn’t your traditional Swiss Miss with marshmallows, so be ready for the big “wow” factor: Flavors include Choco-Pops (hot chocolate with crunchy chocolate wafer balls with your choice of dark, milk or white chocolate, $5.25); Chocolate Chai (a Chai spice blend infused with hot white chocolate truffle, $4.50); and even a Mexican Spicy Hot Chocolate, which adds a twist with red chili, nutmeg, cinnamon and pepper ($5.25). Order your chocolate in a Hug Mug, a special mug shaped so you can hug it in both hands.
Simpler flavors like dark chocolate, milk chocolate and white chocolate (my absolute favorite!) are also available. You can even add an alcohol shot like Bailey’s or amaretto to these for just a little more. Hardcore chocolate fans may also order a Suckao, a shot of concentrated dark, milk or white chocolate ($5.25). Thirsty yet?
Vosges Haut’ Chocolate
Also located inside the Forum Shops, stop by Vosges Haut-Chocolat and take some of this hot chocolate goodness home with you. Exotic flavors include Aztec Elixir Couture Cocoa (ancho and chipotle chilies, cinnamon, vanilla bean and dark chocolate) and Bianca Couture Cocoa (Australian lemon myrtle, lavender, vanilla powder and white chocolate).
Caesars Palace seems to be the place to get your hot chocolate fix. If you’re thinking of eating all your favorite comfort foods in a fun and energizing environment, add an order of cocoa while you’re dining at Serendipity 3. Flavors include traditional ($5.50), Serendipitous Hot Chocolate (topped with whipped cream, grated orange, cinnamon and French chocolate, $6) or the Mocaccino, the restaurant’s own brew of rich chocolate, espresso and whipped cream with pear ($6). Need more reasons to go? Unless you live in New York City, you won’t find a Serendipity 3 anywhere else.
Jean Philippe Pâtisserie
Want to enjoy some scenery while sipping on some delicious hot chocolate? Located inside the Bellagio, order hot chocolate at Jean Philippe Pâtisserie and admire the beauty of the breathtaking chocolate fountain (the largest in the world) and the seasonal floral display at the Conservatory just next door.
Ethel M Chocolate Factory
Speaking of scenery, why not order a cup of Ethel’s hot chocolate (flavors include Mexican, French vanilla, raspberry, marshmallow, cinnamon and caramel) and stroll through the elaborate outdoor cactus holiday display? Featuring more than half a million lights, it’ll make your hot cocoa fix a lot more intensified. You can also purchase 3-D glasses to truly experience a light show of a lifetime and even buy some holiday chocolates on the way.
We can basically get a cup of hot chocolate anywhere, but why not take this favorite winter pastime to the fullest? After all, you’re in Vegas.