8 Desserts to Satisfy a Chocolate Craving

By Amber Ambrose  |  January 23, 2014

A chocolate craving can hit at any time of day or night, so it's important to always be prepared. We've scoped out some of Houston's most chocolate-y desserts to help you in your time of need - from the indulgent chocolate cake at The Chocolate Bar to the ooey gooey fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies at OKRA Charity Saloon. We've even created a chocolate scale to help you make the best decision; "1" is just a touch of chocolate, "5" is the most decadent item we could find.

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    Chocolate Chewy Cookies

    Where to find them: Ooh La La Dessert Boutique 
    Chocolate rating: 4
    Order if: You need a tasty gift, but don't want to go the traditional box-of-chocolates route
    What else you should know: They're gluten-free!

    Multiple locations

  • Aunt Etta's Chocolate Cake

    Where to find it: The Chocolate Bar 
    Chocolate rating: 5
    Order if: You're looking for something to fill that need for an old-fashioned chocolate layer cake, but don't have the time to bake it yourself
    What else you should know: One slice is large enough for two or more to share

    1835 W Alabama St.; 713-520-8599

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    Mexican Hot Chocolate and Churros

    Where to find it: Hugo's 
    Chocolate rating: 3
    Order if: It's cold and drizzly outside. This dessert makes everything seem sunny again. (Plus the hot chocolate will warm you from the inside out.)
    What else you should know: While you can drink the Mexican hot chocolate on its own, dipping the churros in it makes for a more traditional and fun experience

    1600 Westheimer Rd.; 713-524-7744

  • Chocolate Crème Brûlée

    Where to find it: Ruggles Cafe Bakery 
    Chocolate rating: 4
    Order if: You're on a date and want to impress with an elegant dessert. Make sure to ask for two spoons.
    What else you should know: The place is BYO, so don't forget to bring a bottle of something special. Instead of the traditional wine route, a malty sweet stout might be a fun pairing to try with your chocolate dessert.

    2365 Rice Blvd.; 713-520-6662

  • Nutella Rocky Road Cloud Bar

    Where to find it: Cloud 10 Creamery 
    Chocolate rating: 4
    Order if: Ice cream is your favorite way to eat dessert
    What else you should know: This is not your typical ice cream shop. Even though you've come for the cloud bar, you must sample some of the specialty flavors.

    5216 Morningside Dr.; 713-434-6129

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    El Coco

    Where to find it: Caracol 
    Chocolate rating: 3
    Order if: You enjoy dramatic presentations and playing with your food
    What else you should know: Inside the chocolate-coconut sphere is a mound of coconut buttercream, coconut ganache, coconut streusel and whipped coconut. They bring out a mallet for you to break it open and consume the treasures inside.

    2200 Post Oak Blvd.; 713-622-9996

  • Chocolate Pie

    Where to find it: Revival Market 
    Chocolate rating: 4
    Order if: You're feeling nostalgic for an old-school cream pie
    What else you should know: Grab a cup of some of the city's best pulled coffee to accompany. Revival's got one of our favorite versions of the flat white.

    550 Heights Blvd.; 713-880-8463

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    Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Where to find them: The Original OKRA Charity Saloon 
    Chocolate rating: 2
    Order if: You enjoy a gooey, fresh-out-of-the-oven chocolate chip cookie with a cold glass of milk
    What else you should know: They're baked to order, so it's going to take at least 10 minutes. Be patient, it's worth the wait.

    924 Congress St.; 713-237-8828