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Ingredient Spotlight: Chocolate

Sweet or savory, chocolate proves its delicious diversity on menus around the city.

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indi chocolate

Located in Pike Place Market, this small-batch chocolatier produces a range of indulgent treats before your very eyes in its on-site factory. But the hot chocolate served in the cafe is a DIY job. Order a mug of the 72 percent single-origin chocolate melted into warmed milk, then personalize it with your choice of toppings such as toasted marshmallows, cinnamon sticks, and chili flakes. 1901 Western Ave, Suite D; indichocolate.com

Cinerama

No matter what’s playing on the big screen, the chocolate popcorn is always a star attraction at this beautifully updated movie theater in Belltown. The rich aroma of freshly popped corn, melted butter, and cocoa powder is notable before you even set foot in the lobby, enticing some fans to stop in for a bag even when they don’t have time to catch a flick. *2100 Fourth Ave; cinerama.com

Canon

Chocolate, wine, and flowers are a recipe for romance—and they’re also key components in the Bitter Petals cocktail at Capitol Hill’s renowned Canon. The intimate bar serves the gin-based drink, which also features Campari, byrrh (a red wine–based apéritif), and chocolate and elderflower liqueurs, with floating edible blooms in a glass orb. 928 12th Ave; canonseattle.com

Pablo y Pablo

Traditional Mexican dishes and a killer cocktail list are the draws at this airy, modern spot in Wallingford. In one of the menu standouts—crispy duck carnitas tacos—bitter Ecuadoran chocolate adds depth to the mole poblano sauce. Be sure to save room for the churros, which come with a spicy xocolatl chocolate dip. 1605 N 34th St; pabloypablo.com

Hot Cakes

The molten chocolate cakes, bubbling with fillings like salted caramel and peanut butter, are served hot straight from the oven at these cozy cafés in Ballard and Capitol Hill—and they’re well worth any line out the door. Order yours à la mode for deliciously melted results. Multiple locations; getyourhotcakes.com

Amandine Bakeshop

Following in the tradition of the cronut, the oversize brownie macaron at this hidden gem on Capitol Hill puts a decidedly American spin on a delicate French favorite. A cocoa-heavy ganache filling and wafers made with double the usual amount of ground almonds give the treat that distinctive chewy, gooey brownie texture. 1424 11th Ave; amandineseattle.com

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