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Elgin Area’s Hottest Hot Chocolates


Elgin Area’s Hottest Hot Chocolates

By: Breanne Moreno

It’s that time of year again when the weather outside gets frightful, and what’s better than a hot cup of hot cocoa to treat your senses?

Here’s our list of the top 6 hot chocolate spots in the Elgin area. Grab a friend and relax in the cafe, or get it to-go and snuggle up with a warm blanket and a good book at home.  We promise you won’t be disappointed.

Cafe Revive 51 S Grove Ave Elgin, IL 60120

The Newcomer: Cafe Revive 

Mexican Hot Chocolate

Steamed milk and natural cocoa, sweetened to your liking, with a touch of cinnamon and chipotle. This rich hot chocolate will warm your body and soul. Try it with their conchas, made fresh in house daily.

What else to get: Hand crafted breakfast sandwiches and baked goods.


Craft Donuts 124 W Main Street West Dundee, IL 60118 or Gail Borden Library – Elgin

The Hipster: Craft Donuts & Coffee

CRAFT Hot Chocolate

Craft uses premium hot cocoa mix from Ethereal Confections in Woodstock, IL.  Steamed into local pasture-raised milk with a little simple syrup, and topped with whipped cream. You can customize your cocoa with milk substitutes (oat milk is very popular) and/or syrup flavors like peppermint, caramel or hazelnut.

What else to get: Donuts of course!


Elgin Books 66 S Grove Ave Elgin, IL 60120

The Sophisticate: Elgin Books & Coffee

White Hot Chocolate

Available in white or dark Ghirardelli chocolate.  Elgin Book’s hand crafted hot chocolate is topped with whipped cream, chocolate drizzle, and served with a chocolate bell.  Enjoy amongst unique art and literature in their cafe.


Blue Box Cafe 176 E Chicago Street Elgin, IL 60120

Honorable Mention: Blue Box Cafe

Peppermint White Hot Chocolate

This holiday treat blends creamy white chocolate together with peppermint.  Topped with whipped cream and crushed peppermint, we’re getting all the holiday feels.

What else to get: Baked goods, sandwiches & soups


Arabica Cafe 59 Douglas Ave Elgin, IL 60120

The Friendly Neighbor: Arabica Cafe

Arabica Hot Chocolate

This delightful hot chocolate is made with Hollander Dutched Chocolate, house-made whipped cream, and topped off with a drizzle of even more chocolate.

What else to get: Any one of their baked goods.


Alexander’s Cafe 1725 N State St. Elgin, IL 60123

The Long Time Staple: Alexander’s Cafe

Alexander’s Ghirardelli Hot Chocolate

This decedent hot chocolate is made with Ghirardelli Chocolate and whipped cream.

What else to get: The Berry Good Pancakes

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