Winter Guide – Food & Drink

5 Places In Las Vegas For The Best Hot Chocolate

It’s finally feeling like winter in Las Vegas, which means it’s time to bring out the hot chocolate. I think it was the day after this past Christmas. I was walking around outside in my backyard in a t-shirt and shorts thinking it was abnormally warm for December, even by Las Vegas standards. But this week, it seems like our beloved city has finally gotten the memo that it’s winter. Highs this week are only in the upper 40s and low 50s. Which means Las Vegas locals, who already accepted we weren’t going to get much cold weather this season, are suddenly scrambling for the heavier coats they haven’t seen in a year. And it was particularly chilly heading out of the house yesterday morning. In fact, it hailed yesterday in my back yard! So when I was driving home from the station after work, passing a frozen custard place, I shivered at the idea. This weather is way too cold for frozen anything. But then I saw the sign indicating the same place was also giving away free hot chocolate. Now we’re talking. And can I just say, kudos to that place for their clever way of getting people in the doors when ice cream is the last thing on their minds. But that sign got me wondering, where is the absolute best cup of hot chocolate in Las Vegas? And even before we start, just know I’m not going to bother to include places like Hershey’s Chocolate World, or Ghirardelli Chocolate Factory. Those are on the strip, which means it’s not worth the trip. Even though both of those places make a damn good cup of cocoa. If you’re already in the area for work or because you’re still looking for your car after the New Years Eve shenanigans, have at it. For the rest of us, I scoped out those off-strip little chocolate-roads-less-traveled places for this list. And here are what might be the five best cups of hot chocolate in town. -Wendy Rush, 96.3KKLZ