location: 1311 S 1st St
hours: Sun-Thr 12-8pm // Fri-Sat 12-10pm
cuisine: cake balls, frozen hot chocolate, treats
After dating for three months, Ellen and John decided to go into the cake ball business together. Thus, Holly the Holy Cacao Cow was born on South First March 23rd of 2009. When they were developing their concept, Ellen really liked the idea of hot chocolate based on some positive experiences in New York. Understandably, John had his concerns about Hot Chocolate in, well - Austin. But Ellen's entrepreneurial spirit prevailed."Ben and Jerry's made Ice Cream in Vermont," she justifies. Red Velvet Cake Balls are the best seller, but if you want to try John's personal favorite go for the Brass Peanut Butter which has yummalicious-crunched-up-REAL-nutter-butters inside.
If Ellen is working, you'll likely hear some tunes from the local favorite James McMurtry, and if it's John manning the pandora the Beatles will be playing. Words of wisdom from the cacao-ers? Get ready for charitable donation requests. They had numerous requests within 2 days of opening and much to their merit, they attempt to fulfill at least part of every request. Why do they do it? They love the people that have found them from all over the world. Stay tuned to Food Network this summer for a special show featuring Holy Cacao with Adam Gertler.