Hot Cocoa Warms Up Boston At These DTX Locations

Posted December 15, 2016 by Cheryl Fenton in Eat & Drink
Thinking Cup's French Hot Chocolate. Photo Credit: Cheryl Fenton

When the winter winds stir up and temps dip well below freezing, you don the down, hit the streets with collar popped, and hope for the best. You’re hearty. You can do this. But unfortunately, as you’re trying to get from A to B, sometimes a fluffy wool sweater, Sorels and gloves can’t quite stop the chill that goes straight to the bones. You need to try to warm yourself from the inside out.

This is the time of year when even the toughest of New Englanders reach for steaming hot cocoa. We’ve gathered up a few favorite cafés with locations in Downtown Boston that have chocolaty drinks on their holiday menus. With a cup of any one of these cozy drinks in your hands, not only you will feel festive and toasty, but you will also feel your fingers.

The Thinking Cup‘s French Hot Chocolate: When Andre Sadowski, co-owner of The Thinking Cup, created the café’s French Hot Chocolate, he was having a oui bit of nostalgia. “Our French hot chocolate was the idea i had from memories of my trips to Paris,” he recalls of the moment this very dense melted chocolate drink came to fruition. They use melted 64% Tainori Valhrona single origin drinking chocolate, a high end alternative to typical powder, and the delight is served in a warmed porcelain cup. Whether or not to enjoy this treat doesn’t take much thinking. 165 Tremont Street

Jaho Coffee & Tea‘s Red Velvet Hot Chocolate: Just when you thought you had seen it all, how about a piping mug of red hot cocoa? This cake-in-a-cup gives its namesake dessert a run for its money, with a brilliant pink hue (due to the rouge cocoa used to prepare it) and velvety cream cheese notes that add a unique richness. Complete with powdered chocolate sprinkles, it’s thick and rich, so sip it slowly from the latte mug. If you want to “adult” it up, it’s also available as part of a festive cocktail with rum and coconut rum. Jaho Coffee Roaster & Wine Bar, 665 Washington Street

Caffè Nero‘s Spiced Eggnog Latte and Peppermint Hot Chocolate:  If a European coffee house barista tries to warm you up, you let them. They know what they’re doing. When the season rolls around, Caffè Nero’s every-day White Chocolate Mocha (espresso, white chocolate, steamed milk, topped with cream and dusted with chocolate) has a little competition. The Spiced Eggnog Latte is a rich blend of real egg nog, milk and coffee, while the Peppermint Hot Chocolate is a decadent trip into a peppermint stick. Almost like a melted Andes Candies nibble, this rich drink has a sharp minty finish blending with the richness of premium chocolate. Finish it up with crushed candy canes and whipped cream. 560 Washington Street; Burnham Building, 10 Summer Street