The Hamilton bakery that made waves when it opened just a couple summers ago makes their own chocolate sauce in house with a combination of Callebaut dark chocolate and Cacao Barry cocoa powder. Stop in for lunch and try a hot chocolate with one of their sandwiches—we named Honeycomb as a BONS 2019 winner in the sandwich category.
248 Bay Road, Hamilton, 978.626.0014, honeycombhamilton.com
The MET Back Bay
Heading into town? Check out the MET’s “Hot Chocolate Experience,” for chocolate lovers only. Try out their flight of four different hot chocolate flavors: regular, toasted coconut, pumpkin dulce, and peppermint. Or, if you’re more decided, order any of the flavors as “One Big One.” For an extra treat, upgrade any or all flavors to an “adult version,” with liquors like Baileys or Galliano Ristretto.
279 Dartmouth Street, Boston, 617.267.0451, metbackbay.com
Ipswich’s sustainable coffeehouse offers much more than just fair trade and organic coffee (though they do carry over 40 blends of that). Their Ghiradelli hot cocoa is highly customizable—throw in a shot of espresso, combine white and dark chocolates for a tuxedo hot chocolate, or add a flavor shot like raspberry or peppermint.
40 Market Street, Ipswich, 978.356.1988, zumis.com
The café in downtown Newburyport known for its sweet and savory crepes offers a gourmet cocoa powder-based hot chocolate with whipped cream (of course), a perfect pairing with their Very Berry crepe, heaped with seasonal berries. Or, try pairing their white hot chocolate with a French Toast crepe, chock full of cinnamon, nutmeg, and your choice of fruit.
33 Pleasant Street, Newburyport, 978.462.3190, communenewburyport.com
The Beverly coffee roaster adds some holiday cheer to their cocoa with a candy cane during December. But it gets better: they can make their hot chocolate dairy-free with a Ghiradelli dairy-free chocolate sauce mixed with steamed almond, oat, or soy milk for those with allergies or dietary preferences.
268 Cabot Street, Beverly, 978.922.0042, atomicafe.com