Artfully Chocolate Kinsbury Confections (quite the mouthful), also known as ACKC, is a charming chocolate boutique with locations on 14th Street in D.C. and in Old Town, Alexandria. Not only is it a boutique, offering lots of cute gifts, cards, chocolates, and artwork; it’s also a café, serving hot chocolate, coffee, and dessert; a wine bar, with happy hour specials; and a restaurant, providing brunch as their sole meal (as if they needed anything else). In the summer, they have an all-you-can-eat ice cream bar on Saturdays. On Sundays, their brunch offers bottomless mimosas for $10. (Don’t worry, Bitches, we’ll be reviewing that ASAP).
Despite all of this, and the fact that it’s three blocks from my house, I’ve only been to ACKC once. Why? I have no idea. Because this place is chocoholic heaven. Perhaps I was avoiding it like a recovering drug addict avoids his old haunts: don’t get too close to the chocolate, CS, you might have a relapse.
Upon my arrival to meet my dear friend Julie for coffee, it was clear that relapse was coming. I certainly wouldn’t be having a plain-old-boring coffee what with the plethora of options ACKC offers.
I’m not sure whether their collection of “Diva” hot chocolates – a selection of 14 hot chocolate creations named after famous females – appeals more to gays or gals. But, you can have a “Marilyn Monroe” bold white hot chocolate with crème de menthe, whipped cream, and crumbled Oreos. A “Liz Taylor,” semi-sweet chocolate infused with lavender, topped with whipped cream and pistachios. Or even a “Carmen Miranda,” a mix of raspberries in dark chocolate with whipped cream and dried strawberries and mangoes. They even have a hot chocolate sampler where you can pick three. I’m definitely going back for the toffee-infused “Eartha Kitt” in the near future. (Perhaps I’ll sing “Santa, Baby” along the way).
I went for a standard Belgian Milk Chocolate, topped with whipped cream, as I was also having a cupcake and didn’t want to collapse into a sugar-induced frenzy following the combination. It was rich and delicious and the best cup of cocoa I’ve ever had (and I’ve had a lot).
The red velvet cupcake, made in-house, was phenomenal. Very light, fluffy red velvet cake, topped with cream cheese icing, also light and flavorful, and chocolate shavings (a nice touch!). Devoured within seconds. You could tell they were made in-house by how fresh it was.
Julie, who behaved herself with a cup of coffee with steamed soy milk and a bowl of chicken noodle soup, was surprised by how delicious the soup was. She reports that both were scrumptious and kept her warm on the cold winter’s day.
So, if you’re looking for a place to catch-up with a friend, or do some holiday shopping, stop by ACKC. We’ll let you know how brunch is ASAP.
1529C 14th St. N.W.
2003A Mt. Vernon Ave.