Best hot chocolate in Toronto

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Toronto’s frigid winter months were made for curling up with a warm mug of hot cocoa. Escape the chilly air inside these local cafés where the hot chocolate is sweet, spicy and sinfully delicious.

FMN Cafe Limited

1
506 Adelaide E, Toronto ON M5V 1T4

It’s easy to linger at this quaint Argentinean café tucked inside a boutique filled with a curated collection of home accessories. The peppermint hot chocolate is made with peppermint tea, a chunk of solid dark Swiss chocolate and steamed milk topped with foam and powdered chocolate. The candy cane taste makes this the perfect treat for the holiday season. Enjoy your hot chocolate on a couch in the cozy backroom or browse through the lovely selection of décor items, soaps and stationery for sale.

Soma Chocolatemaker

2
55 Mill St, Toronto ON M5A 3C4

Prefer your hot chocolate with a spicy kick? Head on down to the cobblestoned streets of the historic Distillery District and stop in at SOMA. The legendary chocolate makers here are celebrated for their Mayan hot chocolate, a rich thick chocolate drink spiced with ginger, Madagascar vanilla, orange peel and chili. Sip on the spicy elixir and check out the chocolatiers in action at the on-site factory.

NADÈGE

3
855 Oxford St, Etobicoke ON M8Z 1L6

Chef Nadège Nourian’s eponymous dessert shop is a classic French patisserie with a refreshingly clean, modern aesthetic. The long glass display cases filled with eye-catching desserts make it hard not to stop and stare at the colourful rows of macrons and artfully crafted tarts. The chocolat chaud is made with Illanka chocolate sourced from the Piura region of northern Peru. The rich drink is served alongside a house-made fluffy marshmallow that’s delightful on its own or as a sweet topping.

MoRoCo Chocolat

4
215 Madison Ave, Toronto ON M5R 2S6

You’ll feel as if you’ve fallen down the rabbit hole at this whimsical Yorkville wonderland. The luxurious chocolate shop and lounge specializes in traditional French sipping chocolate inspired by Paris’ famed Café Angelina. MoRoCo’s thick premium hot chocolate comes in three decadent flavours: dark chocolate, milk chocolate infused with chai, and a rotating featured flavour. Small and large sipping pots are designed to be shared and are served tableside with a dollop of fresh whipped cream.

The Chocolateria

5
361 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto ON M6R 2M8

Bay Street lawyer Tim English gave up his suit and tie to open up this neighbourhood chocolate shop and café. It seems he’s found his sweet spot; Roncesvalles locals can’t get enough of his artisanal chocolates and novel confectionary items like chocolate- covered potato chips. The classic hot chocolate is laced with nutmeg and pairs nicely with a scoop of house-made ice cream on top.

Delight

6
3040 Dundas St W, Toronto ON M6P 1Z3

This west- end chocolate emporium offers a creamy European style hot chocolate made with 35 per cent whipping cream and organic fair trade chocolate. The decadent drink is available in a variety of novel flavours including peanut butter, maple syrup and a spicy blend made with cayenne and ginger. Customize your cup of cocoa with almond milk or a special vegan hot chocolate recipe.

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