As the winter months approach and staying warm becomes a priority, there's no tastier way to beat the cold than with a rich, creamy cup of hot chocolate. Chocolatiers across the country are putting their own spin on the delicious beverage, from adding salted-caramel marshmallows to spiking their hot chocolate with spices (or spirits!). Whether you're taking a break from the slopes at The Little Nell in Aspen, or cozying up with cocoa at New York's Serendipity 3, these 15 shops and restaurants provide the perfect antidote to the cold weather. Here's where we'll be indulging in a cup of hot chocolate this winter.
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KATHERINE ANNE CONFECTIONS
Chicago winters aren't for the faint of heart, so fortify yourself with the perfect remedy at Katherine Anne Confections: steaming mugs of delicious hot chocolate. The chocolate shop features eight different varieties of the sinfully sweet beverage and serves its chocolate with fluffy house-made marshmallows. Popular marshmallow flavors include salted caramel, cinnamon, and vanilla-black pepper.
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For a drink that'll warm your tongue and your stomach, visit Cacao. Owner Kristen Hard infuses her Aztec Aphrodisiac sipping chocolate with six chilies and spices. Mugs of the spicy brew come topped with house-made marshmallows. Cacao also sells bags of sipping chocolate and hot cocoa mix, so customers can enjoy the elixir at home.
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THE LITTLE NELL
Where: Aspen, Colorado
A day on the slopes is best finished with a piping-hot mug of chocolate-and Aspen's The Little Nell serves some of the best in the country. Pastry Chef Danielle Riesz's recipe includes 58 percent Trudelia chocolate, extra-strong cocoa powder, and a pinch of salt. The drinks are served with house-made marshmallows, and adults can add a shot of their favorite liqueur.
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