Is your kid cuckoo for cocoa? Then they live in the right place! The District’s chocolate dessert game is on point with a slew of eateries offering creative concoctions perfect for sharing (or not). Our suggestion? Take your little one on a whirl through the city to savour D.C.’s best chocolate desserts. Here are seven of the tastiest temptations.
Photo: Bayou Bakery
Double Chocolate Caramel PorKorn Cake at Bayou Bakery
If you’re looking for the ultimate indulgence, here’s a winner. Chef David Guas starts with layers of salted dark chocolate ganache and slathers them with salted caramel buttercream. Then he tops it with his popular fiery (aka, cayenne-infused) caramel popcorn. Slices of this decadent cake are offered twice a week, so call ahead to ensure you’ll get one.
1515 N. Courthouse Rd. (Arlington, Va)
Chocolate Chip Cookies at Macon Bistro & Larder
These warm and gooey cookies prove that you don’t have to get complicated to get delicious and chocolaty. Keep the bourbon topped warm milk that comes with them for yourself, however, and order a glass of plain milk for the kiddos.
5520 Connecticut Ave., NW (Chevy Chase)
Tarte au Chocolat at Bastille
Start with a 64% bittersweet chocolate mousse, and then add Virginia peanut meringue, caramelized bananas, peanut butter pudding, and finish it off with homemade banana ice cream. Perfection.
606 N. Fayette St. (Alexandria, Va)
Photo: Society Fair
Mississippi Mud Brownie at Society Fair
One bite of this and you can probably bribe your kids into doing right for the rest of their lives. It’s a simple, yet perfect mixture of fudge, caramel, chocolate cookie, and marshmallow.
277 S. Washington St. (Alexandria, Va)
Three Languages Cake at Belgium Locolat
There’s chocolate mousse cake and then there’s this chocolate mousse cake, which features three layers of mousse – white, milk, and dark chocolate—on top of a crispy wafer crust. It is truly melt-in-your-mouth delicious.
1781 Florida Ave. NW
Photo: Samantha E. via Yelp
Texas Sheetcake Cupcake at Baked and Wired
Everyone has a favorite at this extremely popular Georgetown bakery, and the truth is you simply can’t go wrong with any of the cupcakes. However, if chocolate is your thang, then go for the Texas Sheetcake Cupcake. It is a super-moist chocolate cupcake with just a hint of cinnamon. While the cake is still warm, it’s slathered with chocolate-pecan frosting that oozes into a praline-like topping. Your kids will thank you.
1052 Thomas Jefferson St., NW (Georgetown)
Death by Chocolate Torte at The Hamilton
With a name like Death by Chocolate, you can expect nothing but pure decadence. In this rich, filling dessert, a flourless chocolate torte sits atop a pool of passion fruit sauce, with a generous scoop of raspberry sorbet on the side. Every bite is to-die-for.
600 14th St., NW (Metro Center)
Where does your family go for a chocolate fix? Tell us in the comments section below.