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Elevating the (chocolate) bar: 10 Peninsula spots to fulfill your sizzling cocoa cravings | information

Skip the Tahoe site visitors and get your European winter lodge vibes a bit nearer to house on the 4 Seasons Lodge Silicon Valley at East Palo Alto’s seasonal Après Village.

The recent chocolate from the 4 Seasons Après Village in East Palo Alto is made with a secret recipe, plus Tullamore Dew whiskey, inexperienced Chartreuse and vanilla or cherry whipped cream. Courtesy 4 Seasons Lodge, Silicon Valley.

The menu contains boozy sizzling cocoa made with a secret recipe, plus Tullamore Dew whiskey, inexperienced Chartreuse and vanilla or cherry whipped cream. Reservations required.

Après Village, 4 Seasons Lodge Silicon Valley, 2050 College Ave., East Palo Alto; 650-566-1200, fourseasons.com. Instagram: @fourseasons.

Coupa Cafe, a number of areas

The spicy Maya sizzling chocolate at Coupa Cafe has heat cinnamon notes, plus a contact of cayenne and pasilla chile. In addition they supply a “deluxious” sizzling chocolate, constructed from melting down darkish chocolate and mixing it with “simply sufficient” milk to make it a wealthy consuming chocolate. The primary Coupa Cafe, providing Venezuelan-style espresso and goodies, got here to Palo Alto’s Ramona Avenue through Jean Paul Coupal and Nancy Farid-Coupal in 2004.

Coupa Cafe, a number of areas in Stanford, Palo Alto, Redwood Metropolis and Los Altos; 650-322-6872, coupacafe.com. Instagram: @coupacafe.

The recent chocolate from SWEET55 in Half Moon Bay is frothy, candy and an ideal option to heat up on a wet day. Picture by Kate Bradshaw.

SWEET55, Half Moon Bay and Palo Alto

This sizzling chocolate is lighter and frothier than a few of the different choices we sampled, however with every sip nonetheless infused with a wealthy chocolate taste — the proper option to heat up on a wet day. The retailer additionally gives tins of sizzling chocolate combine to make at house. Proprietor Ursula Schnyder stated the cool coastal local weather of Half Moon Bay is right for working with chocolate; This yr she additionally opened a store at Palo Alto’s City & Nation Village to serve extra clients.

SWEET55, Half Moon Bay and Palo Alto areas; 650-618-6525, sweet55.com. Instagram: @sweet55swiss.

Saffron, Burlingame and San Carlos

This drink is not sizzling, nevertheless it does supply a classy trace of chocolate. The seasonal Rasa cocktail by Delhi-born chef and restaurateur, Ajay Walia, is made with ghee-infused bourbon, Alessio, Cynar, orgeat, mint and chocolate bitters. The elements lend it darkish chocolate, cinnamon and spice flavors, with a touch of bitterness and a be aware of cocoa, in keeping with spokesperson Makenna Lepowsky.

Saffron, Burlingame and San Carlos areas; 650-910-6351, thesaffronrestaurant.com. Instagram: @saffron_restaurants.

Shekoh Confections, Palo Alto

Shekoh Moossavi of Shekoh Goodies in Palo Alto stated a copper vessel is predicted to reach any day in order that she will be able to start to supply consuming chocolate subsequent week. Moossavi skilled at l’École Valrhona and brings a palette of world flavors from her time spent in nations world wide to her de ella chocolate craft de ella.

Shekoh Confections, 2305 El Camino Actual B, Palo Alto; 650-384-6322, shekohconfections.com. Instagram: @shekohconfections.

Timothy Adams, Palo Alto

The European sipping chocolate out there at Timothy Adams stood out for its high quality and choices. The workforce infuses 110 grams of specialised chocolate into entire milk or almond milk at a wide range of richness ranges, from 30% to 100%. You can too add whipped cream and spices, or make it a mocha or milkshake. It comes with a complementary marshmallow.

In keeping with co-owner Adams Holland, the 100% cacao sipping chocolate is troublesome to drink sizzling, however very best for turning right into a milkshake and mixing with ice cream. A serving of the 64% darkish sipping chocolate was so wealthy it fully halted my standard chocolate cravings for an entire 48 hours afterward. My colleague Magali, who sampled the 35% sipping chocolate, and I agreed that the drinks made our throats really feel just like the chocolate-coated pipes that sucked up the character Augustus Gloop from “Charlie and the Chocolate Manufacturing facility” — however in an excellent means .

Timothy Adams Goodies, 539 Bryant St., Palo Alto; 415-755-8923, timothyadamchocolates.com. Instagram: @timothyadamschocolates.

The recent chocolate from ZombieRunner, is made with Tcho chocolate. Picture by Kate Bradshaw.

Zombie Runner, Mountain View and Palo Alto

Recognized extra for its espresso and espresso drinks, I figured this could be a great place to check out given the high-quality chocolate bought on this store’s retail cabinets, and the new chocolate didn’t disappoint. Made with Tcho chocolate, it was wealthy, candy and frothy.

ZombieRunner, areas in Mountain View and Palo Alto; 650-325-2048, zombierunner.com. Instagram: @zombierunner.

Lula’s Goodies, Santa Clara

This chocolatier gives chocolate sipping kits with chocolate flakes and marshmallows for making at house. Previously Mrs. Lund’s, the operation rebranded in 2006 and moved from Salt Lake Metropolis to Monterey, the place they now have a manufacturing unit out there for excursions. An added bonus: Santa Clara guests are provided samples upon entry.

Lula’s Goodies, 2712 Augustine Drive #140, Santa Clara; 669-292-5353, lulaschocolates.com. Instagram: @lulaschocolates.

Snake & Butterfly, Campbell

Campbell’s Snake & Butterfly is an natural chocolatier that sells bars for making sizzling chocolate at house. You will have to offer the milk (or half and half, because the recipe suggests) and the advised extras, which embody whipped cream, Bailey’s, orange peel, marshmallows, peppermint and Amaretto.

Snake & Butterfly, 191 East Campbell Ave., Campbell; 408-508-4788, snakeandbutterfly.com. Instagram: @snakeandbutterfly.

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