Hot chocolate and holiday cheer go hand-in-hand for most of us: Whether you’re watching the snow fall outside your window or celebrating with blue skies in the desert, a cup of cocoa with toppings (and maybe a shot of liqueur in it) is the ultimate feel-good wintertime warmer. Here are 10 spots around the country doing hot chocolate that’s worth a long-distance sleigh ride to sample.
Deconstructed Hot Chocolate at Twenty6 at La Quinta
“We basically make hot chocolate fudge and place it on a stir stick. The server steams the milk of choice to order, and we pour it over the top of the fudge. As you stir the fudge, the chocolate melts,” explains Chef Michael Vaughn. “It’s not something sitting in a pot; it’s not grainy or separated. It’s very velvety and airy on your palate, like when you have an amazing latte with foam on top.”
The presentation is similar to a soup where the garnish is in a warm bowl and the liquid is poured on top. Besides Classic, there’s three other flavors: Midnight (made with darker 80% Cocoa Barry Chocolate), Blizzard (white) or Wake You Up made with a shot of Illy Espresso. Note: The service doesn’t begin until December 17.
Pop it Like It’s Hot at Revere, Boston
Reprising last year’s popular pop-up gourmet hot chocolate bar, Revere Hotel brings its free hot chocolate service back to Boston – featuring chocolate by bean-to-bar industry leader Taza. Flavors are as decadent as the holidays can handle: Peanut Butter Cup, Salted Caramel Crunch and S’mores are just a few. If you wish to donate something in return for a cup, proceeds go to local nonprofit The Home for Little Wanderers. Open Fridays December 5-26 from 3-6PM.
Source: USA Today | Lena N. Katz