Where to Celebrate National Cocoa Day in Charleston

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Happy National Cocoa Day! Did you know there was such a holiday?

Apparently, National Cocoa Day is celebrated every year on December 13th. So if you need an additional excuse to enjoy a festive holiday hot chocolate with your kids, here it is.

Our Favorite Kid-Friendly Hot Cocoa Spots

From frozen hot chocolate to hot chocolate flights, here are our favorite kid-friendly spots to grab a high-quality cup of cocoa:

Biggby Coffee
West Ashley, Goose Creek, and North Charleston, SC
Biggby Coffee makes their hot chocolate hot, iced, or frozen.

Brew
Hanahan, SC
If you love to try different flavors of cocoa, Brew is adding hot cocoa flights to their menu of infamous coffee, mimosa, beer, etc. flights, served from 12 PM to 4 PM.

Photo Credit: Brew Hanahan via Facebook

Christophe Artisan Chocolatier
West Ashley and Downtown Charleston, SC
Although their stores are closed on Mondays, you may want to postpone hot cocoa day to try a rich cup of liquid chocolate made by an expert chocolatier. 

Kaminsky’s Dessert Cafe
West Ashley and Downtown Charleston, SC
Kaminsky’s is a perfect place to enjoy both a delicious dessert and a cup of hot chocolate. They also offer different flavors like mint, banana, and raspberry. And bonus, mom can add a shot of espresso in hers too.

Lodi Coffee Drive-Thru
North Charleston, SC
We love Lodi’s huge menu of delicious, Instagram-worthy drinks that never disappoint. Today is the perfect day to order a hot chocolate or one of their delicious holiday drinks.

Luxe Espresso and Wine Bar
Summerville, SC
Luxe Espresso and Wine Bar is closed on Mondays but is another great place to celebrate a day later. They offer hot chocolate flights made with any one of their flavored syrups, typically featured in their coffee drinks.

Owl Bear Cafe
Mt Pleasant, SC
Owl Bear Cafe in Seaside Farms is a board game cafe, so you can play board games while you enjoy your hot chocolate.

Metto Coffee and Tea
Mt Pleasant, SC
This cozy Mt Pleasant cafe offers kid-size hot cocoa for a hot cocoa date with your little one.

Vintage Coffee Cafe
Mt Pleasant, SC
Sip on Vintage Coffee Cafe’s hot chocolate, made with homemade chocolate sauce, while the kids play. You might as well get some hot apple cider donuts too, why not?

Make Hot Cocoa at Home

If you don’t have time to go out today, you can make the “holiday” a little extra special by making your own hot cocoa. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good Swiss Miss packet, but making homemade hot cocoa is pretty special. You will use a 2:1 ratio of sugar to cocoa powder, so you can adjust the amounts as you need.

Servings: 4 big cups

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups of milk (you can use any kind of milk, even dairy-free options like soy milk, oat milk, or almond milk)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Additional chopped chocolate or chocolate chips (optional)
  • Whipped cream, marshmallows, candy, sprinkles, etc. for topping

Instructions:

  1. Whisk together milk, sugar, and cocoa powder in a saucepan. Heat the mixture gently over medium heat, continuing to whisk every few minutes.
  2. Once the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is warm to your liking, taste and add additional chocolate to get the cocoa to your desired richness.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract.
  4. Serve immediately and top with your favorite hot cocoa toppings.

If you’re feeling ambitious, you can also use the sugar/cocoa mixture above to fill hot cocoa bombs. All you need is a silicon sphere mold like this and high-quality chocolate that you can melt to form the bombs. Your hot cocoa will taste like the chocolate you use, so make sure you’re using the chocolate you’d like to eat!

How are celebrating hot cocoa day?