Artfully Chocolate (ACKC)

Address: 1529 14th St. NW

What's a food rampage without dessert? No food rampage at all, that's what.

I didn't really know what to think when I first walked into Artfully Chocolate. The establishment is part art gallery, part cocoa bar, and part wine bar. There is mixed media art on the chocolate in the front cases, and the baristas behind the counter, ever-ready to take your order, make you feel like you'll satisfy all your art and sweets desires. ACKC is known for their infusion drinks—collectively known as the Divas—which can be prepared three different ways: as a hot chocolate, an ice cream dessert, or a milkshake.

I tried the Marilyn Monroe milkshake and the Grace Kelly hot chocolate. The Marilyn Monroe has a white chocolate base with crème de menthe, and is topped with whipped cream and crumbled Oreo cookies. The minty shake wasn't too thick, and when the liquid entered and exited the straw the draw was smooth and refreshing. The Grace Kelly was a dark hot chocolate topped with whipped cream, ribbons of caramel, and a sprinkle of sea salt. Not too sweet, the dark chocolate and caramel blended perfectly.

Dessert is mandatory! And when you're in D.C., this is the place.