Panera's newest beverage is a gussied-up hot chocolate topped with whipped cream, salted caramel syrup, and chocolate chip marshmallows.
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Winter might be halfway over, but round these parts it seems like things are just beginning to get really cold. We love our hot drinks around here, and if you're feeling really lazy (who isn't on a cold winter's day?), you can do worse than snuggling up with a cup of boiling water, a packet of Swiss Miss, and a bottle of rum. Go ahead and do it—we won't judge you. But if you feel like fancying things up a bit, here are a baker's half dozen easy ways to spike your hot chocolate, complete with fancy-pants garnishes and measurements to boot!
I spotted my first crocus of the season last week and knew exactly what I had to do next: get to Burdick's for an iced hot chocolate.
Whole milk is the only way to go with the hot chocolate at Joe ($3). It makes for a velvety affair with subtle, smooth chocolate and lots of froth. They add housemade dark chocolate syrup with a light hand.
House-made milk chocolate syrup serves as the foundation for hot chocolate ($3) at Ground Support in Soho. Coffee and sandwiches may be the main draw at this breezy cafe, but the hot chocolate is wonderful.
One Hot Chocolate Martini please! Silky dark hot chocolate is spiked with Stoli Vanil Vodka and amaretto. It may not curb your cravings for an old fashioned cup of hot cocoa with marshmallows, but if you want to take it up a boozy notch, this is an ideal route.
A warm cup of hot cocoa is hard to beat, especially when it's homemade or one of our favorite mixes. But spiked hot cocoa is even better on a cold night. Here are three combinations we're loving right now.
There will never be one best hot chocolate, because there are simply too many types—but there's no reason not to love them all. Here we've amassed our favorites, ranging from over-the-top decadent to light and easily drinkable cups; the latter, more commonly found in popular coffee shops around the city. Take a look at the 10 Hot Chocolates We Love.