From New England to New Mexico and France to Colombia, we’ve searched far and wide to find the best hot chocolates around the world to make your colder months a little more delicious.
The Old Chocolate House: Bruges, Belgium
A family-run business, The Old Chocolate House boasts an extensive range of chocolates and hot chocolates, and a tea room for enjoying other sweets and their famous waffles. Hot chocolate varieties come in milk, dark, white, and single-origin selections. Try their forbidden hot chocolates, made with spirits like Grand Marnier, rum, amaretto, and Bailey’s. Don’t forget to top your hot chocolate with to-die-for garnishes like a marshmallow, Rice Krispies treats, whipped cream, or gingerbread crunch.
Four Seasons Resort and Residences Vail: Vail, Colorado
Known as “Haute Chocolate,” this mug of decadent, creamy hot chocolate is made with Valrhona chocolate and steamed milk, and arrives in a traditional French hot chocolate pot at one of Vail’s best hotels. After it’s churned tableside, the hot chocolate is poured into a mug topped with a dark chocolate lattice and a homemade marshmallow nestled inside. As the hot chocolate is poured, the chocolate lattice melts into the cup and the marshmallow makes the already dreamy drink a creamy masterpiece.
Angelina: Paris, France
Founded in 1903, Angelina has been an icon in Paris for over a century and a high-society establishment known for its sophistication and elegance. Their famous African hot chocolate comes from a secret recipe made of African cocoa from Niger, Ghana, and the Ivory Coast, specially created for Angelina. The combination of these chocolates from different countries gives the hot chocolate a thick, rich taste, and the fresh whipped cream served with it lends for a luscious experience.
Caffé Rivoire: Florence, Italy
A legend in Florence, Caffé Rivoire began in 1872 when Enrico Rivoire, chocolatier of the Savoy royal family, opened up shop. Try their hot chocolate denso, an Italian version of hot chocolate almost as rich as chocolate pudding, topped with homemade whipped cream.
Mindy’s Hot Chocolate: Chicago, Illinois
James Beard Award-winning chef Mindy Segal opened her eatery in 2005 after working in some of Chicago’s finest restaurants, and fans rave about her hot chocolate served with a chunky house-made marshmallow. Varieties include the “Chocolate Mint” with fresh mint, French white chocolate, French milk chocolate, Belgian white chocolate, and “The Boozy,” where a shot of cognac, brandy, whiskey, or rum is added to your choice of hot chocolate.
City Bakery: New York City, New York
What started as a small operation on a side street in Union Square in 1990 has turned into a hot chocolate empire. Owner Maury Rubin has used the same hot chocolate recipe from the start to create a deep, dark hot chocolate perfect for a chilly NYC day. Order the original version for a rich treat and don’t forget to add a homemade marshmallow cube.
E. Wedel Hot Chocolate: Poland
As the oldest Polish brand of chocolate, dating back to 1851, E. Wedel has created a refined brand of drinking chocolates served in “Chocolate lounges” across Poland. Their hot chocolates come in selections like bitter, slightly bitter, milk, double milk, white, and more. You can also get your hot chocolate with flavors like “raspberries in wine,” and “caramel with sea salt.”
Kakawa Chocolate House: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Founded in 2005, Kakawa — an Olmec word meaning chocolate or cacao — specializes in drinking chocolate elixirs based on recipes recreated from historical sources. These hot chocolates range from pre-Colombian to colonial American to contemporary creations, and are served in small hand-painted mugs from Oaxaca, Mexico. Try the Chili Elixir, made with spicy chilies, or the Jefferson Elixir, inspired by Thomas Jefferson’s own recipe.