It happens every year after the first snowfall — I start obsessively searching for the perfect cup of hot chocolate in Cambridge. Now, I don’t mean the chocolate powder in a packet variety (that works well in a bind, but not today). I need a real, chocoholics dream of intense chocolate melted into a glass of steamed milk. If you can relate – here’s my roundup of the best places to get the perfect cup of hot chocolate in Cambridge.
L.A. Burdick Chocolate Shop & Café is probably one of my favorite winter spots, and their hot chocolate is easily one of the best cups I’ve ever had. It’s always hard to resist licking the inside of the cup when I’m done. Choose from dark, milk or white hot chocolate. Harvard Square, 52 Brattle St., Cambridge. 617-491-4340
If you’ve never had Mexican hot chocolate, you’re in for a treat. You’re taste buds will thank you, I promise. The best of the best is at Simon’s Coffee Shop. Made with cinnamon and cayenne pepper the result is an enticing mix of spicy and sweet. They also make peppermint hot chocolate that is perfect around the holidays (think Trader Joe’s candy cane JoJo’s in drink form). Porter Square, 1736 Mass. Ave., Cambridge. 617-497-7766.
Almond Joy candy bars are the perfect combination of coconut, almond and chocolate. If, like me, you’ve finished the ones from your Halloween candy stash, then go to 1369 Coffee House and indulge in their Almond Joy hot chocolate. Inman Square 1369 Cambridge St., Cambridge. 617-576-1369; Central Square 757 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. 617-576-4600
One cannot discuss chocolate without mentioning Finale Desserterie. This place is not only the expert in everything dessert, but they excel at making their hot chocolate varieties. There’s the Extra Noir (bittersweet chocolate), Noisette (chocolate/hazelnut), and Ivorie (white chocolate). Can’t decide? Then order the Hot Chocolate Flight which offers tastings of each. Harvard Square, 30 Dunster St, Cambridge. 617-441-9797
Wishing you a warm, chocolaty day!
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