Chocolate Holler sweetens downtown


Owner of Chocolate Holler Salvador Sanchez is excited to host the grand opening on Friday, February 3, 2016 in Lexington, Ky. Photo by Lydia Emeric | Staff

Taylor Hubbard

Chocolate Holler opened for business on Friday, Feb. 3 as a project of Cup of Commonwealth. 

The bar is constantly expanding its selection of chocolates and other tasty delights. Chocolate Holler has been in the works for the last couple years, said Director of Marketing Allen Warford.  

“There was ideas for a coffee shop, a chocolate bar, an espresso bar, and also for a breakfast spot,” Warford said. 

The chocolate bar is the offspring of Cup of Commonwealth. The design is even similar to that of a Cup of Commonwealth, but with the focus on chocolate rather than coffee.

Chocolate Holler is a chocolate bar and retail shop that serves hot chocolate, coffee, baked goods, retail chocolates and sipping chocolates that are made of concentrated dark chocolate. Warford added that they plan to eventually sell truffles along with serving coffee.

The hot chocolates are different than other chocolates because they have blended hot chocolate bases which more ingredients are added to. There are different flavors of hot chocolate such as the Elvis, which is chocolate, peanut butter and banana, and the Maple Bacon, which is chocolate, maple syrup, and bacon bits. 

The sipping chocolates are ground up retail chocolate bars mixed with milk that Warford said are like the espresso of chocolate.

Chocolate Holler is similar to other chocolate bars, but they consider themselves more of a chocolate bar and coffee bar rather than a chocolate shop. Like a coffee shop, they serve different flavors and strengths of chocolate. Most of the chocolate is sourced from Africa, South America, and Central America and can be found in other retail shops such as French Broad chocolate and Vosges chocolate.

“It is a really tied interest  with coffee,” Warford said. 

The people at Chocolate Holler hope the chocolate industry will continue to grow like the coffee industry has. 

The chocolate bar is open, like a Cup of Commonwealth, to inquiries for parties and celebrations.

Chocolate Holler is located at 400 Old Vine St., suite #104. They are open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. The bar is closed on Sundays.