‘Tis the season for cocoa, and there’s no shortage of places to get it. We’ve rounded up the top places to grab a mug of cocoa in the country.
L.A. Burdick Chocolates (Multiple locations)
You can find this chocolatier in Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts, Chicago, Illinois, New York City, and Walpole, New Hampshire. Their dark, milk, and white drinking chocolate is incredibly rich and creamy, so word to the wise: you might want to start with a small.
Max Brenner (Multiple locations)
This combination bar and chocolate shop has a number of unique cocoa options on their menu, including marshmallow, peanut butter, Oreo, and salted caramel. They’re all served in the restaurant’s signature “hug mug,” which is designed to be cupped with both hands for extra coziness. You can find their sinfully good creations in Boston, Philadelphia, and New York City.
Katherine Anne Confections (Chicago, IL)
If you’ve been to Chicago, you know that its winters are no joke. As a result, its hot chocolate isn’t either. You won’t find any cocoa powder in Katherine Anne’s drinking chocolate; just pure chocolate with cream, milk, and sea salt. Take a bag of it home, or grab some truffles, caramels, or marshmallows to enjoy later.
Chocolopolis (Seattle, WA)
What could be better than a city made of chocolate? Chocolopolis might be fairly small, but it has plenty of artisan chocolate—including drinking chocolate, of course. There’s dark, milk, white, and a number of premium options, plus infusions like spicy dark, peanut butter, and a rotating seasonal flavor.
Serendipity 3 (New York, NY)
At this famous Manhattan cafe, you can have your chocolate hot or frozen. While it might be a bit too cold for the latter, we’ll let you decide. Feeling fancy? Try the Serendipitous Hot Chocolate, which is topped with whipped cream, grated orange, cinnamon, and shaved French chocolate.
The Little Nell (Aspen, CO)
One of the best parts of a ski weekend is the aprés ski cup of cocoa in the lodge. Aspen hotel The Little Nell takes that concept to the next level with their famous hot chocolate, which incorporates rich Dutch-process cocoa and hot chocolate.