The Best Hot Chocolate Spots in Toronto

Best Hot Chocolate Toronto

If you and the kids went from drinking buckets of icy lemonade to craving nothing but warm mugs of frothy liquids in what seemed like a matter of moments, you’re not alone. Every year, as the sandals are stowed and the woolly things appear, our palates take note and comfort and richness take over. Since hot chocolate may be the world’s coziest cold-weather beverage, it’s high time to find Toronto’s best. Whether the family’s out skating, taking a brisk walk or merely running errands, you’ll want to make time to thaw over one of the city’s sweetest cocoa creations.

Bobbette & Belle

 

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One of Toronto’s cutest bakeries, awash in pastels and stocked to bursting with glorious pastries, also happens to be home to one of its most popular and most dangerously satisfying cups of cocoa. Made to order, the shop’s hot chocolate perfectly balances sweet milk chocolate with rich cocoa powder. To gild the proverbial lily, it’s then capped off with a house-made, vanilla marshmallow that’s blow-torched to a golden caramel hue until simultaneously crisp, melty and flawless. Prepare to become a regular.

Cacao 70 Eatery

 

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If your children have ever dreamt of running wild in Willy Wonka’s factory, stepping inside this chocolate-centric café may feel like a dream come true. With a dessert-focused menu, this Montreal import offers waffles, crepes, chocolate pizzas, fondue and more to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth. To wash it all down, there’s milk, dark and spicy hot chocolate. Or, for something different, a black sesame variety so fragrant and lush that you’ll want to dive right in.

Chocosol Traders

At Chocosol Traders, cacao is celebrated as a true “food of the gods.” Here, you won’t find run-of-the-mill bars, muddled with sweeteners and bloated with gratuitous fats. Chocosol’s artisanal bars and drinking chocolates contain 65% to 100% cacao and are flavoured exclusively with natural ingredients like cherries, vanilla and spices. Opt for the Aztec blood, a drinking chocolate softened with raw cane sugar, featuring a blend of five chilis and ground achiote, and don’t be surprised if you start to feel as powerful as Montezuma himself.

Delight Chocolate

Family run, Delight is a quaint spot that easily lives up to its name. Offering handmade treats crafted from organic, fair trade ingredients, it’s no wonder Delight’s popularity hasn’t waned since opening in 2004. Kids will revel in shelves lined with all manner of caramels, cookies, seasonal chocolates, cakes and pastries. But after a chilly stroll along Dundas, nothing will call to them more than cream-based hot chocolate in flavours ranging from peanut butter to bittersweet orange.

Eative Film Café

 

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Kensington Market is the perfect spot for an early-morning scavenge. And, once you’ve picked up cheese, artisanal bread, fruit, veg and, perhaps, a vintage tee, Eative is the perfect place to revive the family’s waning energy. An inventive menu offers up everything from brunch staples to sushi, Japanese street eats and creative hot chocolate variations. How will little ones react to pureed banana or golden melon mixed into their mug? We think they’ll love it but there’s only one sure way to find out.

Prologue Café

Steps from the Ted Reeve Community Arena, this casual coffee shop is the place to let kids have dessert first with a pre-skating hot chocolate. It’s the best way to energize for an active night out while guarding against glacial temps. Adorned with whipped cream and crunchy chocolate pearls, this hot chocolate is also the stuff winter weekend memories are made of.

SOMA Chocolatemaker

In the early aughts, Toronto was a city devoid of Douglas-Fir-infused truffles and dainty baci di dama brimming with more roast hazelnut flavour than reasonable for their tiny size. Happily, Soma brought us these treats and more, all born from an ardent devotion to bean-to-bar chocolate making and a mad-scientist approach to creativity. Soma’s hot chocolate, in five flavours ranging from malted milk to gianduja and spicy Maya, is sublimely rich and deeply chocolatey; the type of cold-weather elixir kids will cling to fondly even when they’re old enough to pick up the tab.

Sweet Jesus

 

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If you’ve ever seen kids fashion their own ice cream sundaes, you’ll understand the more-is-more ethos at Sweet Jesus. Everything that comes out of the chain’s kitchens is so excessive, piled high with sugary adornments like cotton candy and apple fritter pieces, it feels as though creative five-year-olds may be in charge (not a bad thing, when you have tiny tots in tow). Here, three flavours of hot chocolate pack an über-sweet wallop thanks to add-ons including cake batter and dark chocolate whipped cream. If ever there was a “once-in-a-while food,” this delicious indulgence is it.

 

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