Toasty hot chocolate on a cold snowy day is one of the things about winter we can get behind (see also: over-the-top holiday decorations in South Philly, and glove/mitten hybrids.) In honor of tomorrow being that most sacred of holidays, National Cocoa Day, here are five places to drink it — both classic and boozy.
Shake Shack’s Salted Caramel Hot Cocoa
Get this blend of bittersweet dark chocolates, caramel sauce, sea salt and milk at any Shake Shack location.
$3.50, 2000 Sansom St.; 3200 Chestnut St.; The Plaza at King of Prussia Mall
Mugshots’ Aztec Hot Chocolate
The Fairmount coffeehouse’s version has a kick, with cayenne pepper and cinnamon blended with dark chocolate sauce and milk, topped with whipped cream.
$3.78, 1925 Fairmount Ave.
The Victoria Freehouse’s Aero Mint Hot Chocolate
Fancy some candy with your cocoa? This one has chocolate, peppermint, cinnamon and vanilla whipped cream, topped with a Nestle Aero Mint bar.
$5; $8 for a spiked version, 10 S. Front St.
Hard Rock’s Spiked Cocoa Press
Bring a friend — or someone you want to become a friend — to share Hard Rock’s mix of Amaretto, Bacardi Oakheart, pumpkin puree and hot chocolate, served in a 20 oz. coffee-press with jumbo marshmallows.
$15 (serves two), 1113-31 Market St.
Square 1682’s Fruition Hot Cocoa
The secret ingredient in this version is homemade vanilla extract, added to milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, cayenne pepper and sea salt.
$5, 121 S. 17th St.