From snowy days to rainy weather, the Muncie community has had many chances to cozy up with a mug of hot chocolate in January alone. Finishing the first month of the year, Jan. 31 marks National Hot Chocolate Day. Instead of visiting a chain restaurant’s drive-thru for your chocolatey drink to celebrate, consider these four local cafes to fill your stomach with hot chocolate to keep warm this winter. 

Queer Chocolatier

Address: 1624 W. University Ave., Muncie, Indiana, 47303

Homemade hot chocolate sticks recipe card:  

What you need: 

  • ½ cup of heavy cream
  • ¾ cup of condensed milk
  • 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder
  • 2 cups of chocolate chips 
  • ¾ cups of mini marshmallows
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Glass bowl
  • Spoon
  • Ice cube tray

Directions: 

  1. Pour the heavy cream, condensed milk and cocoa powder into a saucepan, and bring this mixture to a simmer.
  2. Place chocolate chips into a glass bowl. Pour the hot cream, condensed milk and cocoa powder mixture over the chocolate chips. 
  3. Stir until the mixture is smooth. 
  4. Spoon the mixture into an ice cube tray. 
  5. Sprinkle the tops of each tray with mini marshmallows. 
  6. Put a popsicle stick into the middle of each tray.
  7. Place the tray in the freezer for two hours. 
  8. Once frozen, dissolve one stick into a mug of warm milk. 
  9. Enjoy your homemade hot chocolate.

In addition to its homemade chocolate truffles, Queer Chocolatier also offers six different kinds of hot chocolate drinks: Champurrado, House, Eggnog, Maple, Peppermint and White Chocolate and Orange. 

The Cup

Address: 1606 W. University Ave., Muncie, Indiana, 47303

Located in The Village, The Cup not only offers hot chocolate but also an inviting atmosphere for visitors to stay a while with its large booths, photographs and paintings throughout the cafe. 

12th Street Cafe

Address: 1900 S. Mock Ave., Muncie, Indiana, 47302

Advertised as “a southside diner with a down home feel,” the Muncie community can eat a hearty breakfast while drinking hot chocolate at 12th Street Cafe. Visitors can get to 12th Street Cafe by taking the Muncie, Indiana, Transit System and getting off the Memorial and Mock Avenue stop.

The Caffeinery

Address: 401 S. Walnut St., Muncie, Indiana, 47305

Six minutes away from Ball State’s campus is The Caffeinery, founded in 2013 by owners Frank and Lauren Reber. Visitors can enjoy downtown Muncie’s atmosphere with The Caffeinery’s own roasted coffee blends or hot chocolate.