By Mary Kleffner
Posted On: Dec 20, 2019
There’s something wonderful about a perfect pair. Cookies and milk, peanut butter and jelly – it’s clear that some things are just meant to be together. Lucky for you (and me), coffee and chocolate are no different. Both coffee and chocolate treats can be found in a variety of unique and fun flavors – easily complementing each other, all while satisfying your sweet tooth. Your next “treat yourself” moment lies ahead – read up on some of the best coffee and chocolate pairings you can find right here in
Malley's Chocolates + Peaberry's Cafe and Bakery
If there’s fruit in it – it’s healthy, right? Sip on the Fireside Raspberry Mocha at Peaberry’s Café and Bakery in Canfield, where this twist on a standard mocha adds a touch of raspberry leaving a subtle, sweet taste. Fusing perfectly with fruity flavors is a classic milk chocolate, found in its most decadent form as a fudgie bar from Malley’s Chocolates. Pure milk chocolate surrounds a center of chewy, creamy chocolate in this double-chocolate delight – complementing the fruitiness of the raspberry.
Fluff Bakery + Donkey Coffee
If Chai Lattes are warm hugs in a cup, then Donkey Coffee makes the best hugs. Get their classic Chai or change it up with their seasonal spices and flavors. If you’re in need of an energy boost, like many of the students who frequent this artistic joint, then go for the Dirty Chai. Ordering Donkey Coffee will boost your Karma points because they specialize in exclusively selling fair trade coffee and local goods – right down to the milk in your lattes! Pair a vanilla chai with Fluff Bakery’s Red Velvet Whoopie Pie and you’ve got yourself a winning combination and a pretty cool rhyme (so it isn't actual coffee or chocolate, but trust us, it's the best). The cookie is buttery and tender, while the nostalgic cream cheese buttercream is smooth and tangy-sweet. Not only is this spunky bakery chock full of creative comfort food, they’re also conveniently just a few steps away from Donkey.
Dietsch Brothers + Coffee Amici
Get the best of both worlds (chocolate and vanilla worlds, that is) by sipping on a vanilla latte at Findlay’s Coffee Amici, a charming downtown spot known for not only its incredible brews, but its frequent live music and entertainment. The vanilla latte blends seamlessly with a scrumptious truffle from Dietsch Brothers, also in Findlay. You’ll discover quite the collection – milk chocolate, dark chocolate, hazelnut, pecan and peanut butter are just a few of the options you can choose from. No matter your choice, the lightness of the latte will nicely accompany the heavier, fuller taste of the truffle.
Winans Coffee and Chocolates + Fox in the Snow Cafe
There’s no doubt about it, Ohio-based Winan’s Chocolates and Coffees knows how to make some sweet treats. Now in their fourth generation of family-ownership, you can be sure that whatever chocolate delicacy you indulge in is made to perfection. Sample the sweet and salty almond bark, complete with melty chocolate and a satisfying crunch. Coffee and milk are already a tried-and-true combination – pair Winan’s almond bark with a warm cup of cappuccino from the cozy and eclectic Fox in the Snow Café. You’ll find both work together to create a sweet, creamy and intense flavor experience.
Maverick Chocolate Company + Collective Espresso
See (and smell!) the entire chocolate-making process by visiting Maverick Chocolate Company at the Findlay Market in Cincinnati, a shop that prides itself on creating their chocolate from bean-to-bar. Savor one of their dark chocolate confections, like the Tanzania Dark Chocolate, made with only two ingredients. This chocolate bar may be no-nonsense – but it’s full of flavor. Pair up with an espresso or pour over from Collective Espresso, where the coffee, too, sticks to the basics – no syrups and made to order. You can’t go wrong with either classic option, as the intense dark chocolate flavor will only enhance the taste of espresso. Two’s company, three’s a crowd – unless those invited are chocolate, coffee, and – you! Sample as many chocolate and coffee concoctions your sweet tooth can take.
For more sweet treats, MMELO is offering pre-order Valentine's with vegan and regular options, launching Jan. 30. For the perfect Valentine's present, order a curated box from Columbus Food Adventures, featuring sweets from Jeni's, Pistacia Vera and more local businesses. Find more sweet adventures this #WinterInOhio, and check out #OhioFindItHere at Ohio.org.