It's Still Hot Chocolate Season. Here are Six of the Best Around Town.
Before all the snow melts and the weather turns warm, take advantage of the chocolatey treat-in-a-mug at one of these six stand-out spots.
This is the closest to European-style hot chocolate you'll find in the area. Thicker than your standard hot cocoa, a little of this rich, decadent treat goes a long way, which is a good thing since you’ll pay a premium for their top-quality chocolates. But it’s worth it. The single origin chocolates at L.A. Burdick make some of the finest drinking chocolates available.
220 Clarendon St., Boston, 617.303.0113, and 52 Brattle St., Cambridge, 617.491.4340, burdickchocolate.com
You wouldn't naturally think of an ice cream shop serving stand-out hot chocolate, but J.P. Licks gets it right! With just a hint of cinnamon, this rich and creamy cocoa will warm you through and through.
Various location, jplicks.com
The South End Buttery
If you’re craving a chocolatey but easily drinkable treat, The Buttery has what you’re looking for. It’s not too thick or rich, but its chocolate flavor is clean and irresistible.
314 Shawmut Ave., Boston, 617.482.1015 and 37 Clarendon St., Boston, 617.482.1015, southendbuttery.com
The velvety hot cocoa at Crema Café is the perfect balance of flavor and texture. It’s rich and chocolatey without being overwhelming in any way. The homemade peppermint marshmallows, a seasonal addition available right now, are not to be missed.
As a side note: The Crema Grilled Chicken sandwich is one of the best pressed sandwiches I’ve tasted in a long time. The filling is simultaneously savory and sweet, with creamy avocado and gooey cotija cheese-corn spread surrounding tender chicken sandwiched between crisp, homemade potato bread. It may not be a standard pairing with a mug of hot chocolate, but I wouldn’t rule it out. Excellence!
27 Brattle St., Cambridge, 617.876.2700, cremacambridge.com
Don't be deterred by the inclusion of tahini in the sesame caramel hot chocolate at Sofra. It's adds just a subtle nuttiness to temper the caramel in this incredibly high-quality cocoa. This rich and thick adaptation is a drinkable snack in itself, but it’s still hard to resist all the baked goods on display.
1 Belmont St., Cambridge, 617.661.3161, sofrabakery.com
The Taza Chocolate Bar at The Boston Public Market
At this colorful shop nestled into a prominent corner of the market, with its mouth-watering display of goodies and ingredients, it's hard not to want all the things. Whether you choose one of their inventive drink combinations (I recommend the Hot & Spicy or the Cacao-Abunga), or choose to create your own, you’ll get the uniquely rustic quality of locally stone-ground Taza chocolate in liquid form. And while you’re at it, add a churro, because where else can you do that?!
100 Hanover St., Boston, tazachocolate.com