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The best hot chocolate in Boston

The best hot chocolate in Boston comes in many delicious forms—here’s where to enjoy it

By Linda Laban and Time Out Boston Staff
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As temperatures drop in Boston, there is no better treat than a cup of rich hot chocolate to warm your cockles. Whether you like it creamy, sweet, bitter, or even spicy, Boston has a hot chocolate option for you. These steaming cups of chocolatey goodness pair perfectly with a winter stroll in one of the best parks in Boston, or after 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

L.A. Burdick
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1. L.A. Burdick Chocolates

Restaurants Bakeries Back Bay

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. 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.

1369 Coffee House
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2. 1369 Coffee House

Restaurants Coffee shops Inman Sq

The grand dame of Cambridge’s many coffeehouses serves a cup of hot chocolate that's you'll want to savor. Both locations—Inman Square and Central Square—serve 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 that's prepared with almond syrup and coconut.

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Thinking Cup
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3. Thinking Cup

Restaurants Coffee shops Downtown

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 (high for milk chocolate).

Flour
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4. Flour Bakery & Café

Restaurants Bakeries South End

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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Tatte Bakery & Cafe
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5. Tatte Bakery & Cafe

Restaurants Bakeries

For something a little different, Tatte serves up a cup using 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.

il Molo
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6. il Molo

Restaurants Seafood North End

When temperatures dip, il Molo adds a seasonal hot chocolate that blends creamy whole milk with melted, rich chunks of chocolate, and is topped with whipped cream and chocolate shavings. For added warmth, order a spiked version with your favorite spirit or liqueur. The enjoyment is made all the more cozy if you snag a spot near the fireside seating.

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