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.
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.
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.
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.
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.