Best Hot Chocolate in America

Best Hot Chocolate

It’s getting really cold here in the New York City and to warm up and have something sweet to drink, I’ve been drinking a lot more hot chocolate over the past few weeks.

I’m not a coffee drinker or a huge fan of tea, so hot chocolate definitely hits the spot at times. It also makes for a good travel souvenir.

Over the years traveling, Kim and I have brought back hot chocolate from some of our trips. Places that come to mind are Guatemala, Trinidad and Pennsylvania.

I recently came across a very interesting and potentially useful article from Fodor’s. The topic- 15 Best Places To Drink Hot Chocolate in America was bound to make me thirsty.

Here are Fodor’s Top 15:

  • Katherine Ann Confections- Chicago
  • Cacao- Atlanta
  • The Little Nell- Aspen, CO
  • Compartes Chocolatier- Los Angeles
  • La Chatelaine Chocolat Co- Bozeman, Montana
  • Chocopolis- Seattle
  • City Bakery- New York
  • Artfully Chocolate- Alexandria, VA
  • Serendipity 3- New York
  • Mindy’s Hot Chocolate- Chicago
  • Chocolate Lab- San Francisco
  • Kakawa Chocolate House- Santa Fe, NM
  • Caffe Vittoria- Boston
  • French Broad Chocolates- Ashevilla, NC
  • Xoco- Chicago

Based on Fodor’s list it would seem that Chicago is the best hot chocolate city in America, placing 3 shops in the top 15. New York City came in second with 2 locations placing.

I’ve only had hot chocolate (although it was frozen) from one place that made the list. I went to Serendipity 3 many years back and it was really delicious. I’ve also been wanting to visit City Bakery for years now. They run a month-long Hot Chocolate Festival every year, changing out different flavors each day.

If I had to pick a favorite hot chocolate, it would definitely be from Jacques Torres. We’ve been visiting his DUMBO shop in Brooklyn for years. He also has a bunch of locations in NYC. (I got to meet Jacques Torres last month at a United event where hot chocolate samples among other things were given out.)

As for store-bought hot chocolate mixes, I am not a fan of Swiss Miss or other typical supermarket varieties. If you could find it , I highly recommend Trader Joe’s Sipping Chocolate. I’m pretty sure its a seasonal item but now would be the time it should be coming out again.

Have you been to any of Fodor’s best places for hot chocolate? Do you have a favorite that didn’t make the list? If so, let us know what you recommend.

Find out about each of the best places to drink hot chocolate in America here.

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