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Best Hot Chocolate?

None of that powdery Swiss Miss stuff! Where do you go in DC for a delicious warming chocolaty experience?

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      1. re: Elyssa

        Particularly their version with chipotle.

    1. Locolat Cafe, 18th and Florida.

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      Locolat Cafe
      1781 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009

      1. Trader Joe's seems to have brought back Sipping Chocolate this year. It was MIA last year. I saw some at the Bailey's Crossroads store week before last, then last week the shelf was empty but the price tag was still there, so I guess they're expecting another shipment. If you make it like the instructions it's like drinking a chocolate bar.

        I suppose that ACKC probably serves something like that, for the price, or more, of a whole can at TJ's.

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        1. re: MikeR

          Au Pain Quotidien has good bittersweet cocoa.

          1. re: MikeR

            I always buy about 3 tins of that sipping chocolate from Trader Joe's; it rivals even my fancy Blanxart drinking chocolate, and can double as a churro dip.

          2. Radius Pizza on Mt. Please just brought back their hot chocolate. It's closer to drinking chocolate but has spices I couldn't identify as well. Regardless, it's really good and available for delivery.

            1. Agree with the ACKC recommendation. A bit overpriced - but very good! I also had a very delicious hot chocolate at Buzz in Alexandria. It seemed to have both cinnamon and a spicy pepper (chipotle maybe?). Anyways, it was delicious.

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              1. re: hppyheather

                I think they might have a HC happy hour some days.

              2. Last year I tried CoCo Sala's and it was unreal. They had different strengths - one was so chocolatey it came in more of an espresso size.

                1. I second Locolat Cafe in Adams Morgan. Belgium chocolate at its best!

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                  Locolat Cafe
                  1781 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009

                  1. I went to ACKC for hot chocolate today with a friend. For the first time ever, we were in there alone. Usually it's packed. I ordered the Belgian hot chocolate, half whole and half skim. For the first time ever (no doubt because they weren't busy), the guy asked me if I wanted milk, dark or bittersweet chocolate -- I didn't know that was an option. I chose half dark and half bittersweet. (60% vs. 72%). It was excellent -- much better than what I've had there before, and what I'd had before was delicious. I also have now learned to ask for it to be served extra hot, as I've gotten it lukewarm in the past. Next time, I think I'll go for 100% bittersweet. So, with these improvements, the hot chocolate at ACKC is even better.

                    P.S. Personally, I prefer the Belgian chocolate as opposed to the "diva" flavored hot chocolates, which I think have a bit too much going on.