In a world where pizza and donuts increasingly get artisanal twists, hot chocolate is having its moment. These days, the hottest— or should we say “haute-est”—cups of drinking chocolate are made with single-origin cocoa beans, salted caramel garnishes, or house-made, cube-shaped marshmallows.
While some “haute” cocoas might be a little bitter for some children’s palates, these eight spots promise a fabulous, crowd-pleasing liquid chocolate that may ruin you and your kids—in the best way possible—for those powder packets back at home.
This chocolate shop just outside D.C. combines flavorful hot cocoas with little lessons in pop culture. Its 12 options are all named after divas, such as the Judy Garland (milk chocolate, with a splash of hazelnut and rainbow sprinkles), the Lucille Ball (laced with chipotle and cinnamon) and the Charo (with whipped cream and caramel sauce). Cups start at $4.25.
Since 1929, this old-school, North End café has been serving an authentic Italian cioccolato caldo—famous for being extra thick and rich, and topped with whipped cream. The Caffe Corretto, meanwhile, blends hot chocolate with a shot of espresso. Cups start at $4.