Nothing can warm up a drizzly afternoon or a post-snow day chill than a piping hot cup of cocoa. In the food-obsessed Bay Area, it’s not surprising that people (kids and adults) take their hot chocolate as seriously as any other treat. No prepackaged powders or bottled concoctions, please. The best cafes and chocolatiers use premium chocolates, freshly steamed milk, and gourmet toppings galore, taking a simple cup of cocoa to a whole new level.  Whether you like it rich or spicy, topped with marshmallows or whipped cream, locally sourced or European style, these hot chocolates will cure a multitude of toddler woes and bring out the kid in everyone.

Socola Chocolatier

Socola’s Asian-inspired chocolates have an enthusiastic following in the Bay Area, and fans cheered when sisters Wendy and Susan Lieu finally opened a jewel box of a shop in SOMA. You can find their whole line of chocolates, from guava to earl grey to Vietnamese coffee filled truffles, along with coffee and a killer hot chocolate. The hot chocolate is made with their 72% dark ganache and freshly steamed milk, and is topped with a housemade chocolate marshmallow. Besides the chocolate, kids will love cuddling the café’s extensive stuffed alpaca collection (the flying alpaca is Socola’s mascot).

Socola Chocolatier
535 Folsom St
San Francisco, Ca
415 400 4071

Who mixes up your family’s favorite hot chocolate? Tell us in the comments below! 

–Anita Chu