The Ten: Best Hot Chocolate

Photo courtesy of Buzz Bakery

Photo courtesy of Buzz Bakery

So many choices, so little time. The Ten is your guide to the best of the best that D.C. has to offer.

Snowquester may have been a completely overhyped bust, but all this talk of winter has gotten us in the mood for a mug of hot chocolate. So we valiantly charged out into the…um…actually really nice weather to taste ten of the best around town.

Northside Social

This frothy hot chocolate is made with milk from Trickling Springs Creamery. We always pair it up with a cookie. Our current favorite is the coffee toffee, though you can never go wrong with the Mexican chocolate.

The Sweet Lobby  

Velveteen and decadent, this liquid chocolate is guaranteed to spike your blood sugar. Take your glycemic index up a notch further by tossing in a few of the house-made marshmallows.

Co Co. Sala  

Get your cocoa to go here by picking up a few hot chocolate pops at the boutique. Our go-to is the Reese’s-style peanut butter flavor.

Tout de Sweet  

Coronate your hot chocolate with a crown of bourbon vanilla whipped cream at this macaron mecca in Bethesda. Speaking of which, you should pick up a couple of the Gianduja bites for dunking.

Buzz Bakery 

Pastry pro Tiffany MacIsaac presides over the sweets here, including the standout salted caramel hot chocolate. If you’re lucky and there are any left, you’ll be able to drop a few of her homemade marshmallows into the mix.


You can get your hot chocolate sea salted or with a cinnamon stick stirrer at this MoCo bonbon boutique. Either way, it’s made with the same 70% dark cocoa that goes into many of their delectable truffles.


People come for gelato, but stay to enjoy a cup of creamy hot chocolate. Who can blame them? It’s just as flavorful and satisfying as gelato genius Rob Duncan’s other sweet offerings.


The adults-only Smokin’ Bacon hot chocolate is spiked with Bulleit bourbon and is just as amazing as it sounds. Run, don’t walk, to get one now. Yes, now.


Five hot chocolate options vie for your affections here. We are partial to the cappuccino chocolate because we’re caffeine fiends, but the caramel chocolate is almost equally beguiling.


This froth-topped hot chocolate is infused with vanilla, cloves, and cinnamon. An elevated version of the ones we’ve enjoyed in Oaxaca.


Is your favorite missing? Disagree with one (or more) of my choices? Leave a comment below or hit me up on Twitter @nevinmartell.

  • MMJ

    Killer ESP in Old Town has a ridiculously good hot chocolate.

  • Karen

    The Big Chair Coffee and Grill has wonderful hot chocolate in Anacostia

  • Connie Elliott

    Hot chocolate from BlackSalt is amazing. Natalya’s in Falls Church also makes a tasty cup.

  • Frances

    Pittango does an amazing Italian-style sipping chocolate (so rich you have to sip it slowly!). You can also get it mixed with frothed milk. It should be at the top of the list :)