Best hot chocolate from around the US


The tree is sparkling, the fire is crackling, the chair is soft and wonderful, and there's a brand new book just waiting to be opened....

The tree is sparkling, the fire is crackling, the chair is soft and wonderful, and there's a brand new book just waiting to be opened.  Only one thing is missing.  What are you drinking?  No, not tea!  Hot chocolate, my friend.  Glorious, rich, frothy, decadent hot chocolate.  There's nothing better on a cold night than to be in a warm room sipping hot chocolate.  And delicious as the store-bought powders can be, there a few spots in the US that really do hot chocolate right.  Let's round them up.

XOCO, Chicago

The cocoa beans are ground to order for the delicious Mexican Hot Chocolate. 

Cacao, Atlanta

The Aztec Aphrodisiac sipping chocolate is infused with hot chiles and topped with a house-made marshmallow.

Flour Bakery & Cafe, Boston

This popular bakery uses the chocolate ganache from their pastries and steams it with milk for a smooth, rich hot chocolate.

Kopplin's, St. Paul

This is really a coffee house, but their homemade hot chocolate is made with organic milk and 70% cacao bars.

French Broad Chocolate Lounge, Asheville

You can choose from a chocolate bar-based sipping drink, or a melted ganache infused with flavors such as maple and smoked sea salt.

Frasca Food and Wine, Boulder

This decadent and creamy hot chocolate is topped with coconut cream for an unforgettable cup.

Holy Cacao, Austin

Texas may not be conducive to sipping hot chocolate by the fire, but this food truck has come up with an awesome alternative.  A frozen Mexican hot chocolate to enjoy in the intense heat.

Photos via

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/XOCO-Churros-with-Mexican-Hot-Chocolate-395109

http://www.delish.com/food-fun/cacao-atlanta-best-hot-chocolate-us#slide-5

http://relish.com/articles/10-most-decadent-hot-chocolates/

https://frenchbroadchocolates.com/the-chocolate-lounge/our-menu/

http://www.foodandwine.com/slideshows/best-hot-chocolate-in-the-us/14

http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/americas-best-hot-chocolate/15

 


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