A mug of piping hot, velvety, throat-coating liquid cocoa, topped with a caramel-trimmed creamflop, is a true cure-all for winter's flighty temps and for what scientists call vanilla throat. Indulge in the seasonal sip with today’s Groupon: for $20, you’ll get 10 winter-fighting hot chocolates at ACKC Cocoa Gallery.
Your Groupon gets you a punchcard for 10 12-ounce Diva hot chocolates on the ACKC haute chocolate menu. A love of Lucille Ball (now immortalized at the ACKC store in mug-form) inspired a chocolatier and an artist to combine their passions and open the city’s first cocoa bar. Try the Joan Crawford (or Collins), a slow swallow of semi-sweet chocolate with a shot of espresso, or the semi-sweet chocolate Eartha Kitt with a surprising smack of toffee syrup at its core.
This ruby-walled sugar shack is also a gallery for co-owner Eric Nelson’s artwork. Take your loved one to the sweetest place in the city for the next Sweetest Day or Valentine's Day, or to celebrate your singledom with sugarcremes.
Redeem your Groupon for a punchcard at one of ACKC's two locations.
- With case-upon-case of handmade truffles and a dessert menu rife with such vices as chocolate fondue, cheese and chocolate plates, dipped pretzels and more, this cocoa bar oozes love for divas of days gone by and all things chocolate. – Molly V. Strzelecki, Metromix
- The decor also sets ACKC apart. Mr. Nelson creates most of the wall artwork and also the hand-painted cafe tables (all of which are for sale). – Karen Goldberg Goff, Washington Times
Part art gallery, part cocoa bar, Artfully Chocolate was established in 2007 when owner Eric Nelson quit his job as an executive in order to pursue his artistic passions. Needing a little something extra to draw attention to his shop and unwilling to sound a tornado siren after every purchase, Eric called on the services of a friend and chocolatier who helped infuse the colorful gallery with a sweet allure.
Today, Artfully Chocolate delights customers with artful masterpieces parading across the walls, and a culinary expertise revealed in sips and bites of decadent drinks and pastries. Travel and Leisure has also named Artfully Chocolate as one of the nation's best places to get hot chocolate. They also host tasting classes, including a wine- and chocolate-pairing class, chocolate-tasting class, and art classes with chocolate and wine.