Hot chocolate is ‘comfort food’ at its finest. There’s nothing more homey than enjoying a freshly prepared cup of cocoa, with marshmallows or whipped cream as a topper, to bring you back to your childhood and simpler days. In Las Vegas, you can find the best hot chocolate in town in an unexpected gourmet chocolate shop in the middle of a beautiful cactus garden, at small restaurants and at some gourmet venues. So raise a cup and get your cocoa mustache on!
2 Cactus Garden Drive
Henderson, NV 89014
Ethel M’s Chocolate Factory and Botanical Cactus Garden is an oasis in the desert, nestled off-strip in the suburb of Henderson, NV. When you enter Ethel M’s, the first thing you smell is the scent of chocolate wafting throughout the building. You can take a self-guided tour on your way to the shop and then take a turn to the left upon entering the gourmet chocolate store to find the finest Mexican and classic hot chocolate in town. It’s made with real, fresh, melted dark and milk chocolate produced in the factory you just toured, mixed with steamed whole milk and topped with fresh-made whipped cream. Best yet, all chocolate produced here has no preservatives, enhancing the flavor and creaminess. You won’t be disappointed. As well as being a perennial favorite of locals, tourists come from all over the world, year after year, to tour the cactus garden – especially with the light display during the holiday season – and to savor this amazing cocoa treat. Ethel M’s is a local institution that recently celebrated 31 years as Henderson, Nevada’s only chocolatier.
Payard Patisserie & Bistro
3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Payard’s is renowned for its beautiful, artistic chocolates, pastries and cookies, but this restaurant also serves the perfect cup of hot chocolate. Deep, dark, rich and just right in sweetness, it’s served with a huge dollop of whipped cream. You can also purchase the mix to make yourself (ground chocolate to melt in steamed milk at home) and relive the experience all over again.
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Sugar Factory’s Chocolate Lounge
Paris Las Vegas Hotel
3655 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV
The chocolates are amazing, the prices are gourmet and the selection is out of this world at the Sugar Factory. The factory’s little hidden treasure, The Chocolate Lounge, has one of the best menus for variety where hot chocolate is concerned in Las Vegas. This includes the frozen beverages (including classic, peanut butter, dark hazelnut, white chocolate coconut) and hot selections (including the classic, raspberry, coconut and banana). All are totally delectable and decadent and all come at a pretty pricey cost, but the flavor is worth it.
Hash House A Go Go
6800 W. Sahara Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89146
Known for its “Twisted Farm Food,” Hash House a Go Go has atmosphere, selection, decent prices and, not surprisingly, an excellent hot chocolate, which has been described as “divine” and “meltingly good” although it’s not featured on the online menu. This cocoa is served with four huge marshmallows and chocolate syrup and is a favorite of locals and guests staying on- or off-strip. Try it with breakfast or brunch and bask in its chocolate-y goodness.
8520 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89123
Reviewers tout Grouchy John’s as having one of the best cups of hot chocolate in town. Totally tasty, filled with chocolate goodness and delectable when paired with some of snacks on the menu, or even on its own, Grouchy John’s is one of the best spots to get your cuppa cocoa (or a hit of caffeine with its delicious mocha).
Sharon Damon is a preschool specialist, avid reader, passionate writer and creative baker/ cook. She has been a cooking instructor at a local Rec Center in Henderson, NV since 2011, and has written for Examiner and other publications since 2010. She knows her way around the keyboard and the kitchen! Sharon moved from a small city in Canada to Las Vegas 6 years ago, to marry the love of her life, and has since been swept up in the whirlwind known as Sin City. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.