Drinking Hot Chocolate on a Cold Day

Drinking Chocolate

My mom and I stopped by Modern Dwellers Chocolate Lounge the other day – don’t you think the cold, cold weather is the perfect reason to treat yourself to hot chocolate? And Modern Dwellers is a great place to get it!

My mom ordered the silky drinking chocolate and I ordered the spicy Mayan version. Both are served straight in tiny cups and the consistency is so thick it seems like chocolate syrup. We decided that was a little too rich for us, so asked for the chocolate to be mixed with milk and a swirl of the house-made whipping cream. The result was a mug of decadent hot chocolate that we enjoyed as we lounged in a couple of arm chairs positioned perfectly to admire the art decorating the walls.

Modern Dwellers is self-described as, “Anchorage Alaska’s only chocolate lounge – a chocolate and espresso experience amidst contemporary works of art and gifts. A visual treat. An aesthetic retreat. Offbeat. Featuring our own in-studio produced artisan truffles and chocolate bars, rich drinking chocolate, and a full espresso bar.”

They are well-known for their hand-crafted artisan truffles, which include exotic pairings and fascinating flavors:

  • The Berbere: bittersweet ganache spiced with Ethiopian berbere, dipped in dark chocolate and garnished with a pinch of berbere.
  • Turbo Thai: bittersweet ganache of lemon grass, lime zest, Thai chili, coconut milk and coconut cream sprinkled with organic coconut flakes.
  • Indian Bop: bittersweet East Indian curry ganache enrobed in dark chocolate, hand rolled in dark chocolate and toasted coconut flakes.
  • Tokyo Tango: fresh ginger and wasabi ganache dipped in dark chocolate, plumed with nori (toasted seaweed) and candied ginger.
  • Salmon Surprise: bittersweet honey and black pepper ganache submerged in a dark chocolate shell, topped with Alaskan smoked salmon.
  • The Bleu Note: fresh bleu cheese and milk chocolate ganache rolled in dark chocolate and garnished with smoked bacon sea salt.

If you’d like to read more, Entrepreneur Alaska wrote a post back in 2011: Modern Dwellers: From furniture to chocolate.

Although Modern Dwellers was previously at two locations, one in midtown and one in downtown, the owners recently consolidated into a single lounge in the flourishing Metro Mall.

Stop by and enjoy!

Author: Gretchen Fauske

I love Anchorage. I love what it is, what it's been, and what I dream it will be. I share my adventures with DJ (my husband), my fabulous family and friends, two frenchies named Grover and Teddy, and now, all of you. If you love Anchorage too, get in touch - guest posts are welcome!