This time of year, there’s nothing like sipping on some steamy and creamy hot chocolate. January 31st is actually National Hot Chocolate Day, so to celebrate, we rounded up some of the best hot chocolate destinations in New England. You can also check out our other blog with hot chocolate recipes and tips for making it at home.
Before diving into these “hot” hot chocolate spots, here’s some hot chocolate 101. While the terms “hot chocolate” and “hot cocoa” are often used interchangeably, turns out they are in fact different. Hot cocoa actually has it’s own national day on December 13th.
Learn more about the differences between hot cocoa and hot chocolate.
No matter what you call it, or which variation you prefer, both are comfort in a cup!
Caffé Vittoria – Boston, MA
This famous and longstanding North End of Boston Italian bakery is best known for its authentic Italian desserts. Their “Cioccolatto Caldo” is the city’s most authentic cup of Italian-style hot chocolate. Those 21 and older can order their drinks with Bailey’s mint and peppermint schnapps or hazelnut liqueur, kahlua and brandy.
Trapp Family Lodge – Stowe, VT
The charming, relaxing Austrian-style resort setting and spectacular hills and mountains provide the ideal spot for a nice cup of hot chocolate at the Trapp Family Lodge Bakery. Many of you probably know the Trapp Family Lodge as the setting for the Sound of Music movie starring Julie Andrews!
Vanilla Bean Café – Pomfret, CT
This cozy, casual restored 1800s farmhouse in one of New England’s most beautiful small towns offers the ideal place for a cup of hot chocolate. The Vanilla Bean Café seems to be an unofficial town meeting place for those that enjoy good conversation and freshly-made breakfasts, lunches and dinners.
LA Burdick – Walpole, NH, Boston, MA & Cambridge, MA
Walpole, NH is the flagship LA Burdick location. It’s nestled in the downtown of a wonderfully quintessential small New England town. From the bakery, you can have your hot chocolate in dark, milk or white chocolate. The shaved chocolate and cocoa powder with steamed milk, topped with foam and a spice ball, make for an amazing hot chocolate. You can choose from different chocolate sources, too, including Grenedian, Venezuelan, Dominican, Bolivian, Madagascan and Ecuadorian.
Tatte Bakery & Café – Boston, Cambridge & Brookline, MA
Tatte is Boston’s fastest-growing bakery and café now with 14 locations throughout Boston, Cambridge and Brookline. Known for their lattes and delicious pasties, their white Belgian hot chocolate is a must-try. It’s perfectly sweet, creamy and steamy.
Perks Coffee House – Norwood, MA
This southwest suburban Boston coffeehouse and bakery serves up an excellent hot chocolate — full bodied in an ample serving. The funky, kind of laid-back Harvard Square feel of the place belies its suburban location. Lots of self-perceived cool people here, but also a place where townies like to frequent for some quality high lunches and baked goods.
Duck and Bunny – Pawtucket, RI
The Duck and Bunny, which was built into an old house, calls itself a “snuggery” to allude to its coziness. Known for their brunches and selection of cupcakes, locals claim their hot chocolate is the best kept secret in Rhode Island. They have a “regular” hot chocolate, but also have adult options on their cocktail list such as the Drunken Raspberry Chocolate. Described to be a rich raspberry flavor with a smooth finish and its dangerously sweet intoxicant: ChocoVine’s Raspberry Chocolate wine.
Because I live in the Boston, I did a little extra digging to find more best known hot chocolate destinations specifically in the Greater Boston area. Thank you Boston Magazine for this awesome list.
I frequent Paris Creperie in Brookline for their Nutella Hot Chocolate. Look how beautiful it is! The taste? DELICIOUS.
They make the hot chocolate using warm milk on the stove and the hazelnut spread instead of a bar of chocolate. The result is a creamy, nutty and chocolaty blend, topped with cocoa powder. You also have the option to add raspberry or mint to the whole concoction.