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The best hot chocolate in Boston

Nothing beats a rich mug of hot chocolate on a chilly New England day—here’s where to find the best, most decadent cups of cocoa in Boston

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Tanya Edwards
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Linda Laban
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As the weather cools, the leaves fall and the skies turn grey, and nothing satisfies the soul like a warm cup of rich hot chocolate. Fortunately, Boston is brimming with mugs of creamy, sweet, spicy and boozy cocoa options. Grab one of these comforting libations after taking a fall stroll through the best parks in Boston, or following a spin on the ice at one of the best skating rinks in Boston. If hot chocolate doesn't satisfy your sweet tooth, check out our guide to the best desserts in Boston.

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Best hot chocolate in Boston

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  • Back Bay
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When it comes to all things cacao, this New Hampshire-based chocolatier is one of the biggest names in the Boston area, with chocolate cafés in Back Bay and Harvard Square. Their old-school, European-style hot chocolate—or “drinking chocolate,” as Burdick bills it—is made with either Burdick’s dark, milk or white chocolate blends, or with single source varietals, e.g. robust mineral-flavored cacao from Grenada.

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  • East Cambridge

This Cambridge newcomer is a must for cocoa. Created by celebrated pastry chef Brian Mercury, Cafe Beatrice’s Taza hot chocolate features the local chocolatier’s dark variety, which is ground up and combined with cocoa powder, cinnamon and a sprinkle of salt.

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  • Inman Sq
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The grand dame of Cambridge’s many coffeehouses serves cups of hot chocolate that you'll want to savor. Both locations—Inman Square and Central Square—offer a variety of Dutch cocoa-based hot chocolates including a standard version, a spicy Mexican cup with chipotle and cinnamon, and the decadent Almond Joy, which is prepared with almond syrup and coconut.

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  • East Boston

This Eastie gastropub’s hot chocolate is anything but child’s play. From the bar, patrons can order up the You Sexy Thing cocoa cocktail, Cunard Tavern’s homemade hot chocolate made with unsweetened cocoa powder, whole milk and vanilla syrup—spiked with black rum and topped with handshaken cinnamon amaro whipped cream. Sexy indeed.

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  • American creative
  • Seaport District
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This waterfront restaurant located in the Seaport offers a Mexican-style hot chocolate with an optional kick. The beverage is made with Taza stone ground Mexican chocolate—it’s organic, fair trade and crafted right over in Somerville—and topped with fresh whipped cream. Want a little extra zip? You can also have this rich drink spiked with tequila! 

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  • Italian
  • Back Bay
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This Newbury street favorite offers a creamy hot chocolate made with not one, but two different types of chocolate. This decadent drink is topped with housemade whipped cream and chocolate chips. You can kick this one up with a shot of vanilla vodka, or just sip on the original and enjoy its sober sweetness.

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  • Downtown
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Thinking Cup calls its hot chocolate French-style, which means it is made with melted chocolate—in this case, industry bigwig Valrhona’s Tainori, which has a fruity, yeasty flavor and 64% cocoa solid count (that's wicked high for milk chocolate).

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  • South End
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At Flour, James Beard Award-winning baker Joanne Chang spices up hot chocolate with chili and cayenne peppers. It makes a perfect pairing with one of the many light, flaky pastries on offer—perhaps a coconut cream tartlette or ginger molasses cookie.

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For something a little different, Tatte serves up a cup of cocoa that uses Belgian white chocolate. Steamed milk is poured over white chocolate morsels, then the creamy concoction is hand mixed. It's a delightful sweet treat to enjoy while lingering in the welcoming, European-style cafe.

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