Kalamazoo’s Top Spots for Hot Chocolate Bombs & Hot Cocoa- 2022

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Warm Up to Winter with a Hot Beverage

As the weather turns colder and our noses turn pink, a cup of hot chocolate can warm you up like the coziest of blankets in front of a warm fire.

Whether topped with marshmallows or whipped cream, this beverage is a staple among many in the cold Michigan months.

We polled our readers on the best spots to snag a hot cup of chocolatey goodness and have listed the best of the best.

We are also on board with the latest beverage craze: hot chocolate bombs.

Read on to find out what they are, and where you can find them in Kalamazoo:

Where to Find Hot Chocolate Bombs in Kalamazoo

What is a Hot Cocoa Bomb?

Hot chocolate or hot cocoa bombs are balls of chocolate, typically filled with cocoa and marshmallows.

The bombs are placed in a mug, with hot milk poured over the top to make a delicious, chocolatey drink. Part of the fun is just watching them melt in your cup before consuming.

These treats are very popular in Kalamazoo now, so we recommend calling ahead to confirm availability. Also, flavors may rotate daily so verify your favorites are in stock before heading out.

Here’s where you can snag some locally:

Cherri’s Chocol’art

101 S Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, MI 49007
269-998-7339

Hot Chocolate Bomb Flavors: chai, peppermint, spice, and peanut butter, made with homemade hot chocolate mix & homemade marshmallows

ChocolaTea

7642 S Westnedge Ave, Portage, MI 49002
269-903-2447

Hot Chocolate Bomb Flavors: Belgian chocolate with mini marshmallows

GG Sweets

210 E Michigan Ave, Suite 102,Paw Paw, MI 49079
(269) 415-0874

Hot Chocolate Bomb Flavors: milk chocolate, white chocolate, dark chocolate, chai

Maui Poke

310 N Drake Rd, Kalamazoo, MI 49009
269-532-1223

Hot Chocolate Bomb Flavors: milk chocolate, caramel latte, cookies and cream, mocha, vanilla, vanilla chai latte

Pizza Katerina

635 N 9th St, Suite E, Kalamazoo, MI 49009
269-216-3651

Hot Chocolate Bomb Flavors: chocolate, peanut butter, salted caramel, vanilla, candy corn, pumpkin spice

Schultz’s Treat Street

3023 Oakland Dr, Kalamazoo, MI 49008
269-743-7137

Hot Chocolate Bomb Flavors: double chocolate, white chocolate chai, white chocolate cappuccino, peppermint chocolate

Schultz's Treat Street

Sweet Bees Gluten Free Bakery

228 E Michigan Ave, Paw Paw, MI 49079
269-415-0020

Hot Chocolate Bomb Flavors: sugar free chocolate, dairy free white chocolate

The Garden Griddle

217 E Michigan Ave, Paw Paw, MI 49079
269-415-0036

Hot Chocolate Bomb Flavors: milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate, chai

Directory: Kalamazoo Hot Chocolate Shops

Is it hot chocolate or hot cocoa?

According to beverage aficionados, there is a difference: hot cocoa is typically thinner and made with cocoa powder, while hot chocolate is made from melted chocolate and is thicker due to the cocoa butter in its ingredients.

Whether you prefer one recipe over another or use the terms interchangeably, the Kalamazoo area offers a variety of restaurants and cafes to pick up your favorite chocolate beverage.

Our readers picked these spots as their favorites:

Cherri’s Chocol’art

101 S Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, MI 490007
269-998-7339

Cherri owned a fine arts gallery for over thirty years; her love of chocolate and art is evident in the turtles, salted caramels, and other decadent options.

Hot chocolate here is a made from scratch with homemade marshmallows.

ChocolaTea

7642 S Westnedge Ave, Portage, MI 49002
269-903-2447

Although known for their vast tea selection, ChocolaTea also serves sandwiches, quiche, and desserts (macarons being a favorite of many). ChocolaTea also uses Michigan made homemade marshmallows in their drinks.

Confections With Convictions

116 W Crosstown Pkwy #101, Kalamazoo, MI 49008
269-381-9700

This shop is proudly “Pure Michigan” with sourcing the majority of its ingredients locally from farmers. They also make all confections by hand using organic, fair-trade chocolate.

Factory Coffee

13 E Frank St, Kalamazoo, MI 49007
269-567-1000

Factory Coffee’s space is truly unique. Within the Reality Factory, Factory Coffee shares space with two other retailers: 1977 Mopeds and Grayling Ceramics.

Food Dance

401 E Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49007
269-382-1888

This local favorite for hot chocolate is also a full-service restaurant. They support sustainable, local food and artisans of craft food.

Heilman’s Nuts and Confections

1804 S Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49008
269-383-1188

In business since 1988, Heilman’s is known for their nuts (roasted on-site), caramel corn and delicious chocolate.

Local Grind Coffee House

117 S Grove St, Delton, MI 49046
269-623-5777

Located in Delton, this restaurant prides itself on great coffee and baked treats. 

Mezzo Coffee House

100 W Allegan St, Otsego, MI 49075
269-694-1545

Mezzo Coffee House serves breakfast and lunch, in addition to their beverages. After enjoying a hearty helping of hot chocolate, peruse their marketplace for locally made gifts and unique items.

Did we miss one of your favorite places to get hot cocoa? If so, let us know in the comment section below and we’ll add them to this list.