I still vividly remember the first cup of fancy hot chocolate I ever had. My sisters and I grew up doing children’s theatre, and one chilly night after a performance, our parents took us to the local coffee shop for a special treat. The wide-brimmed mug was filled with the richest, coziest hot chocolate I’d ever tasted, and it was even topped with homemade whipped cream! Decades later, I still love a mug of hot cocoa and am thrilled to have several delicious options nearby. With the holidays in full swing, now is the perfect time to visit one of these five spots for your next cup of homemade hot chocolate in Homewood!
If you’re a coffee drinker, chances are you’ve visited one of the several O’Henry’s locations across the Birmingham area. With three decades of business under their belt, they serve up great coffee and seasonal/specialty beverages, including hot chocolate. Try it with an additional flavor like peppermint for a holiday twist. You can also get it frozen! The Homewood location is open Monday through Saturday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Bitty & Beau’s
The newest coffee shop to open in Homewood, Bitty & Beau’s is the perfect place to grab a warm beverage before heading across the street to Homewood Central Park. Open daily from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Big Spoon Creamery
Hot chocolate from an ice cream shop? You heard that right! Friday through Sunday only, stop by Big Spoon for a rich cup of drinking chocolate topped with a homemade marshmallow. Open Friday & Saturday from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.
If marshmallows are your thing, Caveat’s snowflake hot cocoa is the beverage for you! You can even buy the dry mix in a jar to make later or gift to others. The best part? They have a drive-through! Open Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and weekends from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This West Homewood favorite is always packed for a reason. Stay awhile in their cozy cafe or take your cup to go for a stroll at nearby Patriot Park. Open Monday to Friday 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.