The holidays may be over, but winter is just settling in. In our book, that’s the perfect excuse to sample one — or some — of NYC’s best hot chocolate with the kids. From gourmet, to classic, fancy and yes, frozen, New York’s got plenty of options to keep you busy til the spring thaw. Click through to discover where you can get the best cups of hot cocoa and — some inspired winter treats!

Try a Cup of Mr. Chocolate’s Brew

A man who calls himself “Mr. Chocolate” sets a pretty high bar. Unhappy with the quality of chocolate that was available to him while working as a pastry chef, Jacques Torres constructed his own factory so he could make chocolate exactly the way he wanted from scratch. Now, that’s commitment! Currently, his thematically cocoa bean shaped retailers sell a variety of items, including bon-bons, chocolate-covered almonds, cornflakes, pretzels, cheerios, gingerettes, marshmallows, espresso beans, graham crackers, macadamia nuts, raisins, malt balls and bark, along with chocolate bars, ice cream, and, of course, hot chocolate. While you’re there, pick up a Hot Chocolate Gift Set for anyone you missed on your holiday list, we’re sure they’ll love it.

Good to Know: Try a cup of Classic, made from real chocolate, not powder. Or if you're more daring, go for Wicked, with its extra kick of allspice, cinnamon and (believe it or not) ground ancho chili peppers and smoked, ground chipotle chili peppers. Both varieties are so thick they might be mistaken for milkshakes. Hint: They’ll let you try a little sample before you choose your cup.

Jacques Torres Chocolate
Various NYC locations


Image courtesy of Jacques Torres Chocolate via Facebook


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—Alina Adams & Ilyssa Smith