BEST AT HOME: Ibarra hot chocolate from Mexico is my hands down favorite to make at home. A mild chocolate flavor with a subtle hint of cinnamon and the perfect sweetness. It comes in easy to use tablets you melt into hot milk. Froth in the blender or using an old fashioned wooden Molinillo. I promise you’ll be addicted like me. Easily available in grocery stores on the West Coast or by mail order.
BEST IN RESTAURANT: Without a doubt, the best hot chocolate in a restaurant is at City Bakery in New York City. The Hot Chocolate is European Style — meaning super thick and oh so rich with a home made marshmallow floating in it. Yumm! Stop by in February for their annual Hot Chocolate Festival when a unique flavor is highlighted every day.
City Bakery, 3 West 18th Street, NYC
BEST TO GO: Jaime Oliver does it best with this fantastic hot chocolate at Recipease, his little food-to-go shop in London. I honestly don’t know if it’s the dairy in London or the combination of chocolates they use or what, but I couldn’t get enough of this stuff. One magical sip and I was smitten. More please . . .
Recipease by Jaime Oliver has three locations in Greater London:
- Clapham Junction
- Notting Hill
BEST PACKAGING: This beautiful old world style tin containing Chocolat Chaud mix from Petite Maison by Wildly Delicious makes a lovely gift for the hot chocolate lover or Francophile.
Available in 3 flavors:
- Sweet & Dark Chocolate
- Orange Chocolate
Orange & Chocolate being my favorite combination. Order here for $17.95
BEST ALTERNATIVE: Frrrozen Hot Chocolate at the one and only Serendipity 3 in NYC is a childhood treat you’ll never out grow. They sell it in a kit but nothing beats the in store experience of sharing a bowl with someone you love.
Seredipity 3, 225 East 60th Street