Sweet Sips at Cocoa Cinnamon

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Chocolate Modica y Churros

This style taps directly into the Mexican and Spanish drinking chocolate with a side of churros – “We have three kinds,” owner Leon Grodski de Barrera explains, “the Guadalajara, the Modica and the Granada, and those vary in sweetness and thickness.” The Modica has a medium, velvety thickness to it, though definitely on the thicker side if you compare it to a regular hot chocolate. It’s also vegan, made with soy milk. “[It’s] named after the Sicilian city that has been making post-contact Aztec chocolate since the Spanish ruled Sicily in the 16th century (while they were simultaneously conquering Mexico),” Leon says. “In a sense, choosing Modica is true to how we look back to histories and stories, and in this case connects to my Sicilian background with [my wife and co-owner] Areli’s Mexican background.” Adding a plate of classic cinnamon sugar churros for dipping is a must.

Cocoa Cinnamon Lakewood, $6 (with churros)

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Amanda MacLaren

Amanda MacLaren is the executive editor of Durham Magazine. Born in Mesa, Arizona, she grew up in Charlotte and attended UNC-Chapel Hill, majoring in journalism. She’s lived in Durham for eight years. When she’s not at work, you can usually find her with a beer in hand at Fullsteam, Dain’s Place or Bull City Burger or getting takeout from Guasaca.

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