This Sunday, January 31, is National Hot Chocolate Day, and with the current onslaught of dreary winter days, it couldn't have arrived at a better time. We've rounded up some remarkable ways to get your hot chocolate fix around town, from Mexican drinking chocolate at the new shop Rey Amargo Chocolate Shop to the hot cocoa bombs that have exploded (literally) on TikTok. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.
Vince Shi and Kathy Wang's stylish Capitol Hill tea shop has put their own twist on hot chocolate by mixing it with genmaicha (brown rice green tea) and topping it with mini marshmallow bits.
Cozy up with a cup of hot chocolate crowned with the beloved Capitol Hill standby's toasted house-made mallow.
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This Seattle cafe specializes in artisan chocolate, and their unparalleled hot chocolate is rich and creamy and comes in a variety of flavors, from peanut butter to salted caramel to Aztec. The "Dark Vader" (raspberry and dark chocolate) is an especially popular menu item.
Chocolat Vitale serves up "a sinfully rich" hot chocolate that finds its origins in a distinctly European style of hot chocolate. They also offer uniquely flavored hot chocolates, wines, and specialty teas.
Add a dash of coziness with this Scandinavian cafe's boozy "Hygge Hot Chocolate," which contains a blend of bourbon, Clement Creole Shrubb Orange Liqueur, dark chocolate, hints of orange, and milk of your choice. Dark hot chocolate with steamed milk and whipped cream is also available, sans booze.
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This family-owned chocolate company's 68% single-origin Venezuelan drinking chocolate is extra luxurious.
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Learn how to make the hot cocoa bombs (chocolate spheres filled with hot cocoa mix and marshmallows, which are revealed as the outer layer melts in your cup) that have been all the rage on TikTok with a virtual class led by the Bothell tea party venue Graham's RoyalTea on Wednesday, January 27. You'll learn how to make two varieties: chocolate peppermint and milk and white chocolate swirl. Supply kits can be picked up at Graham's RoyalTea or shipped to your address.
The molten chocolate dessert emporium will let you spike your hot cocoa with booze.
Ballard, Capitol Hill
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The small-batch artisan chocolatier's cafe serves single-origin drinking chocolate, which can be customized with your choice of milk and with add-ons like lavender cacao syrup and chai marshmallows. The online store also offers the drinking chocolate in cube form on a stick—stir it into a mug of warm milk to recreate the drink at home.
Pike Place Market
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Lowrider Cookie Company
While not exactly hot chocolate in the traditional sense, this cookie shop is currently offering hot chocolate cookies topped with a sprinkle of mini marshmallows as one of its January specials, available through February 1.
Central District, Georgetown
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This small bakery business run by an elementary school teacher sells hot cocoa bombs made with house-made triple chocolate, cocoa powder, and mini marshmallows. They also have "Peony Tea Bombs" in flavors like matcha, taro, and hojicha. All bombs are available through the end of January.
Rey Amargo Chocolate Shop
This chocolate company hailing from Jalisco, Mexico recently soft-opened a shop in Capitol Hill, next to Life on Mars. The cafe serves a dizzying array of high-quality drinking chocolates, including classic hot chocolate, iced drinks and frappes, Aztec- and Mayan-inspired versions, and French and Spanish hot chocolate.
The local chocolate company's signature dark drinking chocolate is the real deal, made with 55% single-origin dark chocolate.