Hidden Gems: Carmel Chocolate Cafe

Carmel Chocolate Café in Carmel opened its doors in the summer of 2019. Part of the South Bend Chocolate Company and located in the Arts and Design District, the café offers customers a cozy stop for a sweet treat or an excellent destination for breakfast or lunch. You can also take your treats on a stroll across the street to art galleries and antique shops.

The Carmel location is the third South Bend Chocolate Company cafe in central Indiana. Each location offers unique menu items that rotate as the seasons change.

The café sits about 20 people, but during the warmer months, outdoor seating is also available. Sometimes the cafe will even host free outdoor movies on their cozy patio. Check their Facebook page for upcoming events: facebook.com/Carmel-Chocolate-Cafe.

My boys and I were excited to try their self-proclaimed “world’s best hot chocolate.” I told them for research purposes, it was important that we each order a different flavor and sample each other’s drinks.

My oldest son ordered the caramel hot chocolate, but debated between that and the plain Hot Carmel drink, which is unique to this location. My youngest son chose a mint hot chocolate called LaSalle; to his delight it tasted like a candy cane had been melted in chocolate. I debated long and hard between the Mexican hot chocolate and the traditional hot chocolate. I landed on the traditional, and, boy, did it hit the spot! After enjoying our warm treats in this cozy spot, my boys eagerly made plans for our second trip.

45 W Main St., Carmel | sbchocolate.com

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