Use the cold weather to your romantic advantage and sample Seattle’s five finest hot chocolate spots. These decadent beverages go far beyond the kitchen microwave and pre-mixed packet, warming the senses with rich, unique flavors that quickly remind us why chocolate is considered an aphrodisiac. From hand-ground cocoa powder to Mexican red chile in the mix, these intoxicating drinks are not your average cup.


Straight from Paris, the rich, silky chocolat chaud is made with 71 percent origin unico (single origin) solid chocolate, French Cacao Barry cacao, half milk and half cream. Served Parisian style with fresh whipped cream on the side. $5/8 ounces. Capitol Hill, 1117 12th Ave.; 206.709.7674


Infused with red chiles and spices, the milk in the spicy dark drinking chocolate is steamed to melt the slightly sweet 55 percent solid Guittard chocolate in this warm, thick treat with a kick. $4.50/8 ounces. Queen Anne, 1527 Queen Anne Ave. N; 206.282.0776

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