FRIDAY, JUNE 5TH, 2020

Chocolate lovers can expect hot chocolate, chocolate frappes, milkshakes, waffles, crepes and fondue from Cacao 70 Sweet Shop’s Palo Alto branch, slated to open in late February.

Located between Oren’s Hummus and the closed Village Cheese House at Town & Country, Cacao 70 is set to become a trendy and relaxing eatery for snacking and socializing.

With both a brunch and dessert menu, the store hopes to attract customers with its unique concepts centered around chocolate, whether savory or sweet.

Cacao 70 was created in 2011, opening in downtown Montreal as a chocolate drinking bar. It has expanded to include several franchised locations throughout Canada with unique concepts, including ice cream dip shops, restaurants and chocolate factories. The new Palo Alto store will be a spinoff sweet shop location, featuring brunch items and a chocolate drink bar.

Cacao 70’s quest to transform chocolate into exciting flavor adventures has led down the path of cocoa bean sourcing, product development and new store concepts — all tracing back to the first store opening in Montreal nine years ago,” said Mila Zhu, the regional agent for Cacao70.

Featuring a selection of drinks from champurradas, a Mexican chocolate atole-based drink ($5.75) and a Guatemalan sesame cookie, as well as its signature Crazy 70 S’more milkshake ($11.75), the shop features many drink options at a variety of price points.

Their brunch menu will offer several dishes such as their Mediterranean Frittatas ($13), an Apple Bacon Crunch Crepe ($11) and an Outlaw Chicken Waffle ($11), while their dessert menu includes a Chocolate Banana Pizza ($14.75) and a Raspberry Brownie Parfait ($9.95).

Sophomore Neil Rathi said he is planning to frequent the shop when it opens.

“I go to Town and Country a lot, so I’m excited for a new place for food,” Rathi said. “I like chocolate and milkshakes, so I’ll probably get some stuff from there after school.”

Others are less enthusiastic about the new store.

“I don’t think we needed more stores in Town and Country,” history teacher Daniel Shelton said. “There’s enough overpriced places already.”

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