For a fun and hands-on warm drink, pick up some hot cocoa bombs from Nosh Cafe and Eatery the next time you crave hot chocolate. The hard chocolate shells are filled with cocoa mix and marshmallows.
Writer: Karla Walsh
In case you missed it (because I may or may not be counting down), the official first day of spring is now less than one month away. Although winter may soon be over, we’re in for at least a few more cold nights before March 20.
One of my favorite ways to warm my bones on those below-freezing days is with a cozy cup of something warm. Ask nicely, and most bars—including Bartender’s Handshake, Juniper Moon and Proudfoot & Bird—will make you a fierce hot toddy. But besides that staple, Greater Des Moines is home to several other steaming sips that are comforting to hold and to drink. Add these to your winter bucket list.
Best for Kids—and Kids at Heart: Nosh Cafe & Eatery’s Hot Cocoa Bombs
What started as a huge social media trend early in the pandemic continues to be a hit with anyone who loves chocolate—and playing with their food. Stock up on a regular or vegan version in a single-serving, four-pack or eight-pack. The spherical “bombs” include a hard chocolate shell filled with hot cocoa mix and marshmallows. Find them in Nosh’s grab-and-go case and enjoy one from the comfort of your own couch. (424 E. Locust St.; nosh-eats.com)
Best for Brunch: Eggs and Jam Hootie Hoo
This is not your standard cup of Joe. To really perk up your morning, order a “Hootie Hoo” from this West Des Moines breakfast and brunch restaurant. Your mug will come overflowing with Rumchata whipped cream, which sits atop a mixture of Bailey’s Irish Cream, Godiva Chocolate Liqueur, homemade caramel simple syrup and hot coffee. Eggs and Jam also offers more classic options like an Irish coffee spiked with Tullamore Irish Dew Whiskey and Bailey’s, amaretto and coffee. You’ll also find spirit-free options. (1907 E.P. True Parkway, Suite 102, West Des Moines; eggsandjamwdm.com)
Best for a Toasty Night Cap: HoQ Glühwein
No passport or plane trip is required to enjoy this German variation on mulled wine. You can find it at this East Village bistro. Simmered with cinnamon, clove and citrus, each drop of this spiced wine will make your cheeks rosy. No wonder its name translates to “glow wine.” Enjoy it with your dinner or alongside a dessert of the seasonal tart or fruit crisp. (303 E. Fifth St.; hoqtable.com)