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Old 12-30-2009, 12:29 AM
Location: Quincy, Mass. (near Boston)
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It's that time of year...these windchills cry out for comforting hot chocolate (or cocoa, but not sure of the exact difference).

I crave Flour Bakery & Cafe, both locations. One is hidden behind the Children's Museum in a nifty loft-style space. Its original location is in the South End on Washington St. They use not powder, but a store-made ganache. It's not too sweet, unlike that mix Dunkin' Donuts uses. That stuff must be artificial and nasty, no? But it is so good, with that bubbly froth on top, available 24/7. It's too sweet now that I've discovered real hot chocolate at Flour.

I've tried Finale Desserterie's version; it's over $5 a cup, and I'm not sure if I enjoyed it enough to order again. But I'll try again on a special occasion.

I've tried Starbucks' hot chocolate, Panera Bread, JP Licks ice cream cafe, and Au Bon Pain...all good. I hear that Toscanini's ice cream in Cambridge has good coffee, so I hope they offer a quality hot chocolate.

Somebody today mentioned she likes Cosi's sandwich chain for hot chocolate.

I plan to try L.A. Burdick's fancy chocolate cafe in Harvard Sq. Its other location is in Vermont. Their hot chocolate is reportedly thick (soupy?). Sounds good.

I bought a cannister of Godiva milk hot chocolate for a stocking stuffer ($11!), but not sure of its character.

Any other suggestions, other than homemade? Any good NYC hot chocolates?
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Old 12-30-2009, 09:31 AM
Location: Revere, MA
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I have a couple canisters of the Godiva, it's very good. I only dislike making it because I have to heat the milk on the stove. For a store bought one I also like the Land O Lakes hot choc. I'll have to try that Flour Bakery next time I take my kids to the museum
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Old 12-30-2009, 08:23 PM
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I'll have to try that Land O' Lakes Hot Chocolate, that sounds really good.

After dinner the other night @ LaSumma on Fleet Street in the North End we walked around the corner to the "Cafe Vittoria" @ 296 Hanover St. In the winter months their hot chocolate on a freezing cold chilly night & their peppermint stick gelato, is the be all & end all after a wonderful dinner, actually any where you go for dinner in the North End sounds like a plan doesn't it!
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Old 12-30-2009, 10:40 PM
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Burdicks is very strong. Be sure you specify milkchocolate. Even if you love chocolate start with the lighter milk version. It is very good but very chocolatey.
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Old 12-31-2009, 08:23 AM
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I went to Bella Vita in Beacon Hill a couple nights a ago. It has a nice relaxed, cozy cafe vibe. I had coffee, which was good, but my friend had hot chocolate which she said was delicious...so you may want to check it out, its on Charles st.
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Old 12-31-2009, 10:52 AM
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Mike's Pastries in the North End has the BEST hot chocolate that I've ever had . . . I love walking around the North End in the winter and stopping in there to warm up

Give it a go - it's only about $2 a cup
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