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Apr 9, 2007 11:44 PM

Hot Chocolate in SF

Where can I find great hot chocolate in the city?


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  1. Bittersweet on Fillmore in Pacific Heights makes a nice cup, whether you like it strong (made only with water), spicy, or with milk as usual.

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    1. re: alext

      I love the Chai Hot Chocolate at Bittersweet-- the spices are subtle, but really complement the chocolate. It's also nice and creamy without being overly sweet.

      Grab a cup to go and bring it over to drink with cookies or pastries at La Boulange just down the street.

    2. Lots of opinions if you search the board.

      Try Cocoa Bella for a rich version that comes in various flavors (spicy, fruity, etc.). Take-out only. Westfield Emporium at 5th & Market, and also Union Street.

      For sit-down service, Modern Tea in Hayes Valley has a comparable thick brew, served with thick whipped cream in a bright, relaxed cafe setting.

      Cafe Madeleine, with several downtown locations, makes a version that is less thick and rich and more appropriate for a regular morning drink.

      1. Boulette's Larder at the Ferry Building makes the best I have ever had. Delicious!

        1. Blue Bottle in Hayes Valley makes a great hot chocolate.

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          1. re: Frosty Melon

            Blue Bottle has changed their chocolate several times. Originally they used Sur del Lago, which matched coffee nicely but was hard to source (apparently). They switched to Ghiradelli powder, which was, frankly, gross. Last I knew, the Ferry Building BB kiosks still use the powder. The Linden St kiosk has switched to Valrhona chocolate, but the hot chocolate is nowhere near as rich or thick as that at Cocoa Bella or Modern Tea. Blue Bottle is now working with Bittersweet to develop a custom chocolate blend, which is a cute symmetry since Blue Bottle also providers Bittersweet a custom coffee blend.

          2. Godiva serves a good rich hot chocolate.

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            1. re: jar729

              I've read that Moonstruck Chocolates serves good hot chocolate. Anyone tried them on Chestnut Street?