Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Red Wagon Hot Chocolate that Warms the Soul

Remember coming in out of the cold, all bundled up, you shake the snowflakes off your mittens and mom hands you a cup of steaming hot cocoa with marshmallow fluff on top? Well, even if you weren’t lucky enough to experience this, now you can at Scotty’s Brewhouse. But, what makes it taste even better? It will be warming your soul as well as the kids from Riley Children’s Hospital.

All 5 Scotty’s Brewhouse locations are offering Ghyslain Chocolatier Red Wagon Hot Cocoa topped with marshmallow fluff throughout the winter months. For every mug purchased, $1 will go to Riley Children’s Hospital of Indianapolis.

Ghyslain Chocolatier is an Indiana born company located in Union City, IN and has recently expanded to Richmond, IN and Zionsville, IN. Ghyslain Maurais was born in Quebec, Canada where he found his culinary passion and turned that passion into a business, much like Scotty Wise, owner of Scotty’s Brewhouse.

“I’ve never been satisfied with the Hot Chocolate that we were serving,” said Wise, “It is kind of in my nature to constantly work at making our products better.”
While Wise was visiting the open house of Ghyslain’s newest location in Zionsville at The Sanctuary, the light bulb went off. A local company, a passionate chocolatier and a superb product, Wise had found what he was looking for.

“The ideas are always the easiest,” said Wise, “it always comes down to implementation and what we have to do to make the idea work.”

After Wise, his Beverage Director, Amber Martin, and Kitchen Manager of Scotty’s Brewhouse on 96th Street, Angie Vosmeier, were able to determine that the product could be delivered to all 5 locations, marshmallow fluff could be acquired and the bartenders could make this all work with hot milk, the idea of incorporating one of the Brewhouse’s favorite charities came into play.

“The Red Wagon Hot Cocoa is really a win-win in regards to supporting a fantastic local chocolatier such as Ghyslain as well as providing another means to help the Riley Children's Foundation,” said Martin.

Riley Hospital for Children is Indiana’s only hospital that is completely dedicated to the care of children and have been since 1924. “Every year children from all 92 Indiana counties come to Riley Hospital. Riley Children’s Foundation [where the hot cocoa money goes] supports Riley Hospital, Camp Riley for Youth with Physical Disabilities and the James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home. Providing the highest level of care to children is Riley’s first priority, community support helps make this possible,” said Jason Mueller, Communications Manager for the Riley Children’s Foundation.

Hot chocolate is offered at all locations throughout January 30th. You can become involved by making a contribution at Scotty’s Brewhouse locations, visiting or calling Riley Children’s Foundation at 877-867-4539. Want more information on Scotty’s Brewhouse? Log on to or friend us on Facebook and follow us on

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