Best Hot Chocolate In Boston

January 13, 2012 2:01 AM

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(Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

(Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

A cup of hot chocolate isn’t just a cup of hot chocolate when it has crushed up candy cane, grated spice ball or Nutella in it. Here are some places that serve hot chocolate that’s a little different than your typical cup. Be sure to add your favorite in the comment section below.

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L.A. Burdick Chocolate Shop

52D Brattle Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 491-4340

L.A. Burdick’s in Harvard Square has more hot chocolate choices than you likely knew existed. And all of them are available either hot or cold. The “traditional” hot chocolate is available in dark, milk and white chocolate. It’s made of shaved chocolate whisked with steamed milk and then topped with foam and a grated spice ball. Then there are the “single origin” hot chocolates. They include Venezuelan which has a nutty flavor with hints of roasted almonds and coffee. Or the Bolivian which is dark chocolate with hints of grapefruit. Or the Ecuadorian which has hints of mint, spices and coffee.

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175 Cambridge Street
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 227-2696

boYO’s on Beacon Hill has a hot chocolate bar where you can add toppings to your hot chocolate. The drink itself is made with Ghiradelli hot cocoa and steamed milk, then there’s more than 25 toppings from which to choose. They include crushed candy cane, marshmallows, Reese’s Pieces, and whipped cream.

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Café Fleuri at The Langham, Boston Hotel

250 Franklin Street
Boston, MA 02110
(617) 956-8751

Looking for lots of chocolate all in one place? Café Fleuri at the Langham Hotel might satiate your needs. Every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. it has a Chocolate Bar. It’s an all-you-can-enjoy buffet which includes Langham Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding, cotton candy, whoopee pies and, of course, hot chocolate.

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Caffe Vittoria

296 Hanover Street
Boston, MA 02113
(617) 227-7606

Sometimes you want a hot chocolate with a bit of a kick to it. Then you might want to head to Caffe Vittoria in the North End. There you can order up a Mint Cookie which is hot cocoa with Bailey’s mint and peppermint Schnapps. There’s also the Italia which is hot cocoa with hazelnut liqueur, Kahlua and Brandy.

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1 Columbus Avenue
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 423-3184

You’ll find more adult versions of hot chocolate at Finale Desserterie, they it has lots of options. There’s the Ivoire Chocolate which is white chocolate with a hint of orange, the Chocolate Lush has hot chocolate, Baileys and butterscotch schnapps, and any of the hot toddies can be made with hot chocolate. Those include the Hazel-Nut with Crème de Cacao, Frangelico and cream; the After Eight with Crème de Menthe, Baileys, Kahlua and milk; and the Nutty Irishman with Frangelico and Baileys.

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  • karen

    any places in the metrowest area you reccomend

  • emom

    Really now,, how about the south shore, sick of the north and west stuff, Whats wrong with the south shore,,, We have plenty of stuff , would love to know what is good

  • emom

    Oh and for a fav on hot cocoa, well, kaluha, godiva, special dark syrup, and milk. oh and to change it add malted flavor .. delish

  • picc21

    If you can make it out to Western Mass, check out any of the Shelburne Falls Coffee Roasters locations. Their Mexican hot chocolate is amazing!

  • Chicky

    How about central MA? I never see anything from that area (besides Worcester, which I avoid at all costs). How about out near Lunenburg, Shirley, Townsend, Groton area?

    • donna sullivan

      YES YES YES – more Central Mass listings please. Especially the area around Sturbridge – Sturbridge Coffee Roasters is a good place to start.

  • Reader

    The article was titled Boston

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