This shop serves the best hot chocolate in Sacramento, readers say. It far outranks the rest

Paul Kitagaki Jr./

The winter holidays are best paired with a steamy mug of hot chocolate — and Bee readers know just where to get the best rendition.

We asked you to vote on the best hot chocolate in the city of Sacramento and after a week of voting, it’s clear Sacramentans are not only picky about their chocolate drink, but that most of them agree that one place out preforms the rest.

From order of most votes received, here’s where to get the best hot chocolate in the city, Bee readers say:

Ginger Elizabeth

Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates at 1801 L St. serves truffles, macarons, ice cream and of course hot chocolate. Flavors include: Classic, Oaxacan, European, rose petal, almond and peppermint. Not only did you vote for this one in our poll, several Instagram users reached out to make their opinion known that Ginger Elizabeth’s was the best in town.

It received 81 votes, or 66%.


National coffee chain Starbucks has locations scattered across the city with hot chocolate flavors like classic, white, peppermint, toasted white and peppermint white.

It received 10 votes, or 8%.

Temple Coffee Roasters

Temple Coffee Roasters’ Mexican hot chocolate took third place on the Bee’s best hot chocolate poll. The coffee shop has several city locations including three in midtown and one in downtown Sacramento and East Sacramento.

It received eight votes, or 7%.

Chocolate Fish Coffee Roasters

Chocolate Fish Coffee Roasters, with locations in East Sacramento (4749 Folsom Blvd.) and Land Park (2940 Freeport Blvd.), took the fourth spot on The Bee’s best hot chocolate poll for its classic spin on hot chocolate.

It received five votes, or 4%.

Rick’s Dessert Diner

Late-night dessert shop Rick’s Dessert Diner, at 2401 J St. in midtown, serves a variety of European and American sweets that are sure to pair well with its steaming hot chocolate.

It received five votes, or 4%.

Old Soul Co.

Can you guess what Old Soul Co. makes its hot chocolate with? Ginger Elizabeth’s chocolate — and steamed milk of course.

Old Soul Co. has four locations in Sacramento: one in downtown Sacramento (555 Capitol Mall), two in midtown (1716 L St. and 812 21st St.), and the fourth in Oak Park (3434 Broadway).

It received four votes or 3%.


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