Friday is National Cocoa Day, and if you are looking for a place to celebrate, try one of these Utah Valley locations.
If you want high-quality sipping chocolate, head to Taste for a tasting. It is thick, features Taste’s Artisan Chocolate, and is topped with freshly whipped cream.
Location: 117 N. University Ave., Provo
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The Wash serves desserts and drinks, including hot chocolate. You can also pick up their frozen hot chocolate or a Lavender Steamer.
Location: 1195 N. Canyon Road, Provo
Get hot chocolate at Swig and you can add syrup flavors of your choice, like coconut cream, caramel, vanilla, pumpkin spice or hazelnut.
Location: 1325 E. Main St., Lehi; 584 W. 1600 North, Orem; 1523 N. Canyon Rd., Provo; 575 E. University Ave. (University Place Mall), Orem
The Coffee Shop
A coffee shop is a great place to get a steaming cup of hot chocolate, and what better place than THE Coffee Shop? The Coffee Shop in Provo Towne Center Mall serves hot chocolate hot, iced or blended, and it comes in white chocolate flavor too.
Location: 1200 Town Centre Blvd., Provo
Enliten Bakery & Cafe
If gourmet hot chocolate is what you are looking for, head to Enliten Bakery and Cafe. They serve five kinds of hot chocolate including Dark Chocolate, White Chocolate, Black and White, Cinnamon Roll and S’more Please or Flavored Steamers.
They also come with Ghirardelli Chocolate Syrups — vanilla, coconut, almond hazelnut or caramel.
Location: 3 E. Center St., Provo
Beany's To Go
Beany's in American Fork has many kinds of hot cocoa, with flavors changing seasonally. This month, they offer peppermint hot chocolate, among other flavors.
Locations: 627 E. State St., American Fork; 61 N. Geneva Road, Vineyard
For many people, Starbucks is synonymous with coffee, but they also have several hot chocolate options, including peppermint hot chocolate and salted caramel hot chocolate.
Locations: University Mall, Orem; 175 W. Center St. (inside Target), Orem; 575 E. 1000 North, Spanish Fork; 821 W. State St, American Fork; 2951 W. Clubhouse Lane Ste. A, Lehi; 4045 E. Pony Express Parkway, Eagle Mountain
Juice 'n Java
Juice 'n Java in Provo sells several flavors of hot chocolate including white hot chocolate, chocolate cappuccino, dutch, snickerdoodle and Mexican hot chocolate
Locations: 280 W. 100 North, Provo; 535 N. State St., Orem
Kneaders Bakery & Café
At Kneaders, you can order hot chocolate, topped with whipped cream and mini chocolate chips, served with whole milk. If you are looking for a little more spice, you can also get Mexican spice hot chocolate, infused with cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom and cloves.
1384 E. State Road 92, Lehi
1484 N. Redwood Road, Saratoga Springs
1960 N. State St., Orem
295 W. 1230 North, Provo
4833 Edgewood Dr. Suite 200, Provo
531 E. 1000 North, Spanish Fork
At Kneaders, you can order hot chocolate topped with whipped cream and mini chocolate chips, served with whole milk. If you are looking for a little more spice, you can also get Mexican spice hot chocolate, infused with cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom and cloves.
Locations: Various locations throughout Utah County
Sylvia, one of the Lunch Ladies food reviewers at the Daily Herald, said that for a great cup of hot chocolate, Coffee Pod is the place to go.
"I found that how the place heats the milk is most important," she said. "This simple step, done so perfectly at the Coffee Pod in Provo, made all the difference for me."
Location: 426 W. 1230 North, Provo
Sodalicious serves rich hot chocolate, and, in Sodalicious fashion, you can add any syrup flavor you want.
Locations: 241 W. Main St., American Fork; 3376 N. University Ave., Provo; 602 E. 600 North, Provo 162 W. Center St., Orem 1445 N. Main St., Springville; 152 S. Pleasant Grove Blvd., Pleasant Grove; 800 W. University Parkway, Orem
With a name like The Chocolate, it has to make the list. The Chocolate serves regular, mint, hazelnut and spice hot chocolate.
Location: 212 S. State St., Orem
Peace on Earth Coffee
At Peace on Earth Coffee, you can pick up their Hot Coco (spelled that way on the menu). And to top it off, did you know they make their own whip cream?
Location: 35 N 300 W #200, Provo
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
You may know the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory for its delicious chocolates, but you can also get your chocolate in liquid form. The store sells several festive hot chocolate drinks.
Locations: 1376 N. Redwood Road, Saratoga Springs; 3700 N. Cabelas Boulevard Space 252, Lehi; 456 E. State Road, Saratoga Springs; 4801 N. University Ave., Suite 140, Provo; 320 N. Main, Spanish Fork
Grinder's Coffee House
AT Grinder’s Coffee House, you can get your hot chocolate hot, or you can get it cold. Along with Hot Chocolate, they serve a Hot Chocolate Freeze.
Location: 43 W. 800 North, Orem
This may sound strange, but for a great cup of hot chocolate on the run, you can try a local gas station. Many offer add-ons like mini-marshmallows, flavor shots and a variety of different flavors. Plus, it will probably cost less than many gourmet hot chocolate locations.
Some of our favorites are Maverick, 7-11 and Gas-N-Go.
Elevated Grounds Coffee and Espresso
At Elevated Grounds, their hot or frozen cocoa comes in plain chocolate, white chocolate and Mexican chocolate flavors. You can also get them blended.
Location: 333 S 520 West, Lindon
The hot drink menu at Fiiz includes both hot chocolate and hot steamers. They come in different flavors.
Locations: 5517 W. 11000 North, Highland; 499S 500 E. Suite E, American Fork; 1362 E. Center St., Spanish Fork; 1120 W. Center Street, Orem; 790 N. 1600 West, Mapleton