That’s right, OC’s favorite burger chain serves hot cocoa. In-N-Out’s tightly edited menu includes a cup of hot cocoa reportedly made with Ghirardelli Chocolate and freeze-dried marshmallows. Honesty, drinking hot cocoa out of a palm tree-adorned cup is about as California as it gets. Bonus points if you are wearing flip-flops.
With milkshakes, ice cream, and cake by the slice, it is hard not to achieve a sugar high at Sugarbuzz in Anaheim. There is also a selection of hot and cold beverages and seven different kinds of hot chocolate to choose from. A fan favorite is Unicorn Hot Chocolate, which is pink, of course. It’s also topped with whipped cream, pastel-colored marshmallows and unicorn sprinkles.
6386 E. Santa Ana Canyon Rd., Anaheim
Philz Coffee is your place for pour-over coffee but you’ll get hot chocolate vibes from their Mocha Tesora. The decadent chocolate beverage uses their Tesora medium-blend roasted coffee as its base and adds dark chocolate, caramel and cocoa to the brew. If your SoCal winter is too warm, you can also order this mocha iced.
3420 Bristol St., Costa Mesa
Ghirardelli Soda Fountain & Chocolate Shop
There is one name in the industry that is synonymous with “chocolate” and it is Ghirardelli. Ghirardelli Soda Fountain & Chocolate Shop at Downtown Disney serves ice cream, shakes and chocolate squares. But chilly nights call for hot chocolate, which they serve with a chocolate square on the side for good measure. Mix up a cup at home with their hot chocolate recipe.
1313 Disneyland Dr., Anaheim
Ghirardelli Hot Cocoa Recipe
- 1 packet of Ghirardelli Premium Hot Cocoa Mix
- 8 fl. oz. hot water
- Topping: whipped cream and Ghirardelli mini chips
Empty entire contents of hot cocoa mix (43g) into a mug. Add hot water and stir until dissolved. Alternatively, mix entire contents of hot cocoa mix with 8 fl. oz. of cold milk in steaming pitcher. Steam to desired temperature.
Top with whipped cream and Ghirardelli mini chips.