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Best Hot Chocolate
updated: Jan 01, 2013, 10:06 AM

I have awakened in the New Year with a hankering for hot chocolate. I am wondering where Edhatters think the best hot chocolate in Santa Barbara can be gotten. Homemade marshmallows would be a good touch.


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 COMMENT 359000 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-01 10:15 AM

Alphies Old town Goleta

 

 COMMENT 359004 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-01 10:22 AM

Not sure if they are still in business, but Santa Barbara Hot Chocolate Co. makes (made?) a powdered mixture that is mixed with steamed milk and topped with fresh whipped cream. Yum!!! I like to eat the whipped cream first, have a sip, then add more whipped cream. No one complains about too much whipped cream.

 

 COMMENT 359007 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-01 10:33 AM

Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf. Several varieties, all delicious!

 

 SYVPEANUT agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-01 10:42 AM

At home in your pajamas in front of a blazing fire in the fireplace with friends/family/pets.

 

 COMMENT 359015 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-01 10:51 AM

My wife! She is some good Hot chocolate

 

 SEEDLADY agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-01 11:09 AM

Santa Barbara magazine recently featured a SYV spread, and the hostess mentioned a place in SB that made it so thick that you could eat it with a spoon. That would be...?

 

 COMMENT 359025 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-01 11:11 AM

My Moms house.

 

 COMMENT 359033 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-01 11:27 AM

Costco sells Starbucks hot chocolate mix. It's good. Heat milk in microwave, add mix, and stir.

 

 COMMENT 359075P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-01 01:20 PM

Forget anywhere in SB & head to the Bulldog Cafe (across from Ace Hardware on Mission Drive) in Solvang. They have the absolute best, from scratch, hot chocolate anywhere.

 

 COMMENT 359079 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-01 01:43 PM

I wonder if Chocolate Maya on State/Gutierrez has some - if they're serving drinks now (they were going to open a lounge in the space next door) I'll bet it's exquisite!

 

 COMMENT 359105 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-01 04:48 PM

079, I'm pretty sure that Chocolate Maya does serve "drinking chocolate" (which is thicker, richer, and smaller servings that hot chocolate usually) now, although their new lounge isn't open yet.

 

 AUNTIE S. agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-01 05:57 PM

9015 - sounds like you're offering.

 

 COMMENT 359187 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-02 06:43 AM

French Press is good, but The Santa Barbara
Roasting Co is even better, the whipped cream is amazing there. Both are on State Street.

 

 COMMENT 359189P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-02 07:03 AM

Amateurs – all of you.
The best hot chocolate in Santa Barbara is served up at Andersen’s Bakery, 1106 State St. It is not made from no stinking powder. It is the real stuff.

 

 ARCHIE agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-02 08:20 AM

Thanks everybody-- all good to know. Lazy Acres sells vegan marshmallows, a little less sweet.

 

 COMMENT 359225 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-02 10:06 AM

Maya Chocolate. The very best!! They have two kinds, but I am hooked on the one with chilli peppers in it.

 

 COMMENT 359246 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-02 10:34 AM

The good cup

 

 COMMENT 359263 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-02 10:52 AM

189P - I think you might be the amateur, we all know the best hot cocoa is at Micky D's or Starbucks!

 

 MERIDEE agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-02 11:07 AM

I was the one to pose the question. Thanks to all of you for your info. After seeing SEEDLADY's comment, I contacted Sarah @ Santa Barbara Magazine. She was so nice to research it for me! Here is what the article said under Mindy's Merry Helpers:
I love to serve LA BURDICK hot chocolate (burdickchocolate.com) as an additional splurge due to its thick, almost pudding like consistency. I always present it in a deep bowl with a dollop of fresh, unsweetened whipped cream.

 

 COMMENT 359297 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-02 12:17 PM

The Mayan Mocha - traditional Mexican hot chocolate - thick, rich with freshly grated cinnamon in it!! Absolutely delicious!! At Del Pueblo Cafe 5134 Hollister Avenue in the Magnolia Shopping Center

 

 COMMENT 359432 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-02 06:15 PM

I'm a sucker for single-use kitchen appliances, but the Bialetti Hot Chocolate maker gets used all the time. Put in some broken up 60% cacao chocolate and milk, and it heats the milk and melts the chocolate for a rich thick drink, then foams the milk so that your upper lip turns brown. A few batches of Burdick hot chocolate and you could have bought the Bialetti and have an endless supply.

 

 COMMENT 359452 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-02 06:53 PM

Vices and Spices!

 

 COMMENT 359460 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-02 07:16 PM

I second Chocolate Maya!
If you're in Goleta the Goodland Market does a good one from scratch w real whipped cream!

 

 

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