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6 Irresistible Cups of Cocoa to Drink This Fall in Metro Detroit

From frothy cups topped with flavored marshmallows to single-origin, spiced cocoa with chocolate bitters

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Michiganders are made of tougher stuff than most, but it's difficult to resist the call of indoor heating and a warm beverage. Instead of hiding from the cold, melt away that winter chill with the the ultimate liquid dessert — hot chocolate.

Most cafes offer this cold weather standard-bearer on menus. It's kid-friendly and easy to make so long as cocoa or chocolate syrup is on hand. But some spots are taking the beverage beyond the typical bounds by incorporating handmade chocolates, fancy marshmallows, and even a little booze to the brew. Below, find seven excellent mugs of cocoa ranging from the Garrido’s towering spectacles of chocolate bliss to New Order’s mochas and cocoas topped with flavored marshmallows. Try them all this season, and don't skimp on the whipped cream.

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1. The Whisky Parlor

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608 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 544-1380
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Cozy up inside the Whiskey Parlor with adult cocoa. The Choco con Licor is an iced Mexican hot chocolate with chilled and spiced hot cocoa mixed with milk, tequila, and Licor 43.

2. New Order Coffee Roasters

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3100 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48201

This sleek, modern Brush Park cafe makes a mean mocha (or cocoa) using big, cubes of flavored marshmallow and M&Ms. Look out for seasonal options like the s’mores mocha with toasted marshmallow, Golden Grahams cereal milk, and M&M chocolate ganache.

3. Mongers' Provisions

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4240 Cass Ave #111
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 651-7119
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Cheese and chocolate emporium Mongers’ Provisions makes a mean hot cocoa during the winter months. The concoction features fair trade, single-origin Solstice Chocolate that’s finished off with a blend of spices and hit of chocolate bitters.

4. Saffron De Twah

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7636 Gratiot Ave
Detroit, MI 48213
(586) 359-6138
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This Moroccan-influenced halal restaurant just expanded into dinner and added a dry bar serving coffee, tea, and non-alcoholic cocktails. Among the options is a Moroccan hot chocolate seasoned with cardamom and garnished with chocolate shavings and a toasted orange blossom marshmallow.

5. Garrido's Bistro & Pastry

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19605 Mack Ave
Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236
(313) 466-3042
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This Latin American restaurant is known for its tasty arepas, but in the winter its claim to fame is the “extreme hot cocoa.” The rich hot chocolate is served in a mug that’s dwarfed by a hulking tower that could include toppings like toasted marshmallows, cake pops, mini cakes, and chocolate drizzle. It’s tailor made for the ‘gram.

6. Toast

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203 Pierce St
Birmingham, MI 48009
(248) 258-6278
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Find extra fancy hot cocoa at both branches of this ‘burbs brunch spot. Toast serves kid-friendly campfire hot chocolate with toasted marshmallows glazing the top, chocolate chips, and Teddy Grahams.

1. The Whisky Parlor

608 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

Cozy up inside the Whiskey Parlor with adult cocoa. The Choco con Licor is an iced Mexican hot chocolate with chilled and spiced hot cocoa mixed with milk, tequila, and Licor 43.

608 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48226

2. New Order Coffee Roasters

3100 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201

This sleek, modern Brush Park cafe makes a mean mocha (or cocoa) using big, cubes of flavored marshmallow and M&Ms. Look out for seasonal options like the s’mores mocha with toasted marshmallow, Golden Grahams cereal milk, and M&M chocolate ganache.

3100 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48201

3. Mongers' Provisions

4240 Cass Ave #111, Detroit, MI 48201

Cheese and chocolate emporium Mongers’ Provisions makes a mean hot cocoa during the winter months. The concoction features fair trade, single-origin Solstice Chocolate that’s finished off with a blend of spices and hit of chocolate bitters.

4240 Cass Ave #111
Detroit, MI 48201

4. Saffron De Twah

7636 Gratiot Ave, Detroit, MI 48213

This Moroccan-influenced halal restaurant just expanded into dinner and added a dry bar serving coffee, tea, and non-alcoholic cocktails. Among the options is a Moroccan hot chocolate seasoned with cardamom and garnished with chocolate shavings and a toasted orange blossom marshmallow.

7636 Gratiot Ave
Detroit, MI 48213

5. Garrido's Bistro & Pastry

19605 Mack Ave, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236

This Latin American restaurant is known for its tasty arepas, but in the winter its claim to fame is the “extreme hot cocoa.” The rich hot chocolate is served in a mug that’s dwarfed by a hulking tower that could include toppings like toasted marshmallows, cake pops, mini cakes, and chocolate drizzle. It’s tailor made for the ‘gram.

19605 Mack Ave
Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236

6. Toast

203 Pierce St, Birmingham, MI 48009

Find extra fancy hot cocoa at both branches of this ‘burbs brunch spot. Toast serves kid-friendly campfire hot chocolate with toasted marshmallows glazing the top, chocolate chips, and Teddy Grahams.

203 Pierce St
Birmingham, MI 48009

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