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The Best Hot Chocolate in Toronto

Posted by Erinn Beth Langille / February 21, 2014

Hot Chocolate TorontoThe best hot chocolate in Toronto is really a matter of taste. Do you prefer the ancient style of chocolate beverage, created by the Mayans over 2000 years ago, also known as drinking chocolate, or are you accustomed to the thinner, sweeter North American hot cocoa, that has its own nostalgic ice rink charm? The big difference is whether the cocoa butter has been removed (as in powdered cocoa) or remains (as in made with bar chocolate or ganache). The richness is produced by either the mouth feel of the cocoa butter, or by additions of sugar or milk.

In Toronto we are spoiled for choice, the options running the gamut, from thick, syrupy and spiced, bittersweet to achingly sugary, to aerated and frothed with water, or laden with milk and whipped cream. Whatever your preference, you'll find one to suit your fancy.

Here is our list of the best hot chocolate in Toronto.

See also:

The best chocolate in Toronto
The best cappuccino in Toronto
10 awesome affogatos in Toronto

Top photo by Pam Lau in the blogTO Flickr pool

Soma Chocolatemaker

Soma Chocolatemaker

Soma Chocolatemaker is one of the few small-batch chocolate makers in North America, so no surprise they make a mean hot chocolate. Their rich, velvety drinking chocolate harkens back to the 17th century, when that kind of intense liquid chocolate shot was first vogue. Try one of five types (Mayan, Gianduja, A La Taza, Malted Milk and Dark Side of the Mug) at either the Distillery or King West locations. More »

Chocosol

Chocosol

Chocosol’s drinking chocolates are fit for the gods. They're shocolately yet light, made so by aeration and water. Pointing to the Aztec roots they have Xocolatl, Vanilla Xoco-latte, Aztec Blood and Oaxacan Cinnamon. Chocosol is a proponent of horizontal trading, and the chocolate is pedal powered, stone ground, and vegan so don’t feel guilty just because it’s sinfully good. More »

Jet Fuel

Jet Fuel

You may not see it on the menu (they don’t have one) but Jet Fuel makes a mean hot chocolate. It's fittingly not too sweet or cloying, a stand-up no-fuss but totally delicious classic hot chocolate, and it comes in the generous pint glass. More »

Nadege Patisserie

Nadege Patisserie

Apt that Nadege, the French patisserie with locations in Rosedale and next to Trinity Bellwoods prefers to call their hot chocolate Chocolat Chaud. Rich, creamy and topped with one of their stellar hand-crafted marshmallows, the Nadege hot chocolate is perfect for a walk in the park, or take a whole package home to make. More »

Chocolateria

Chocolateria

Pass by the window of Roncesvalles’ Chocolateria on a chilly day and you are bound to see a child and parent happily enjoying one of their fantastic hot chocolate drinks. Using the house-made chocolate, owner Tim English produces a sweet, rich concoction that drives the neighbourhood kids wild. More »

Bulldog Coffee

Bulldog Coffee

One of Bulldog Coffee’s signature drinks is the Blanco BullDog, a white hot chocolate rippled with dark chocolate designs on top. The dark and light contrasts in this cup are such a visual delight you almost don’t want to drink it. But as pretty as it is, it tastes even better. You can amplify the experience further with an optional shot of espresso too. More »

Pain Perdu

Pain Perdu

French bistro Pain Perdu serves a chocolat viennois outfitted in that decadent way only the French can do, with a big curl of whip cream and a strawberry on the side, and a chocolate base that is sweet and creamy. Close your eyes after a sip and find yourself transported to Paris. More »

MoRoCo Chocolat

MoRoCo Chocolat

Yorkville’s MoRoCo Chocolat have three sipping chocolates that come in little pots that you pour into a shot glass. They are thick, intense experiences (literally drinking pure chocolate) so a little goes a long way. Choose from either 66% dark chocolate, milk chocolate with chai, or blond chocolate with espresso beans. More »

Delight Chocolate

Delight Chocolate

Organic and fair trade chocolate is Delight’s speciality, and made into their hot chocolate it’s drinkable gold. You can get regular, spiced, peanut butter and sometimes maple syrup, plus they have them bottled in glass jars should you want to take some home. Wickedly good tasting, and ethically produced to boot. More »

Pink Grapefruit

Pink Grapefruit

Pink Grapefruit near Moss Park has a great Mexican hot chocolate, not too sugary and a with a little spice kick to warm the soul. Their chocolate syrup is house-made with dark cocoa while you get the heat from chillies and cinnamon. Made up, it is frothy and delicious. More »

Douce France

Douce France

Paris charm in a cup? Head to Douce France near Yonge and Eglinton where they exclusively serve Angelina’s hot chocolate, a renowned Parisian treat. Warm, smooth and rich chocolate poured into a mug, with a dish of whipped cream on the side that you can add as you go, it’s a slow and savoury process for any chocolate lover. More »

Ambiance Chocolat

Ambiance Chocolat

The base of Ambiance Chocolat’s hot chocolate in their wonderful in-house ganache (dense, rich and heavenly) mixed with the hot milk and topped with a dash of cocoa. Riverside is spoiled to have either their regular or spicy Mayan style hot chocolate, as it is bliss. More »

Discussion

21 Comments

Sebastian / February 21, 2014 at 04:16 pm
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Are you serious right now???? You left my special place out of the top 10 :( wow .. you must be bias.

http://dineencoffee.com/ all the way!!!
Kash / February 21, 2014 at 04:25 pm
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I completely agree with Sebastian, whoever he may be. Dineen hot chocolate for the win.
C / February 21, 2014 at 04:32 pm
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I call BS on Bulldog - it's just a whole lot of chocolate syrup. Don't be fooled!
Connie / February 21, 2014 at 04:36 pm
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You two losers obviously know each other so can you please stop trolling the foroums and respect the sanctity of this website.

Also Dineen is far and away the best coffee/chocolatory shop in town. It's a little pricy, but it's worth it. It gets especially pricy when I have to take my bloodsucking coworkers with me, but the experience is nonetheless spectacular. I highly recommend for singles out there as well. I have a colombian friend who took a polish girl there for a date and apparently the mood was just right. I have no idea what they talked about because neither of them speak great english so I imagine it was just a lot of blinking and looking around.
Alex replying to a comment from Kash / February 21, 2014 at 07:06 pm
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BLOGTO does not pick the "bests". It is user chosen based on votes.
Elise / February 21, 2014 at 10:40 pm
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Best Hot Chocolate - El Cafetal on St. Clair
Jairus / February 21, 2014 at 10:55 pm
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The White Brick Kitchen has the best hot chocolate I've had in my life by a wide margin.
Brittney / February 22, 2014 at 01:00 am
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Nice, like Lit on College as well. The Common is real good on College and Bloor locations; good Mocha. Jet Fuel offers a free drink on your birthday which is nice: http://tinyurl.com/FreeToronto
liz / February 22, 2014 at 01:19 am
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nothing on xococava? quel surprise
As always / February 22, 2014 at 01:25 pm
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BlogTO is to Aroma what Rob Ford is to The Toronto Star...
Fred and Barney / February 22, 2014 at 01:52 pm
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Which one has the most smegma?
helen / February 22, 2014 at 02:57 pm
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agave y aguacate
RS replying to a comment from liz / February 22, 2014 at 06:57 pm
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xococava closed last May.
Jonas Brandon / February 23, 2014 at 03:04 pm
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This list starts off with easily two of the *worst* hot chocolates in Toronto...

And for the record, Bonjour Brioche makes the best hot chocolate in Toronto.
Grant / February 23, 2014 at 08:56 pm
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Pink Grapefruit at Queen and Jarvis makes a mean hot chocolate as well.
Randy / February 24, 2014 at 10:02 am
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Empire espresso on college and Beatrice has the most amazing hot chocolate.
They make it from scratch right in front of you with real cocoa so you know you aren't being supped by some crappy store bought syrup.

Blogto never gets it right.
Michael replying to a comment from Jairus / March 2, 2014 at 02:26 am
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I agree with this! So good.
Orson / March 13, 2014 at 03:44 am
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COMMMON

"Best 100 park benches to chug listerine on."

I'm still waiting.
In a drunken stupor / March 13, 2014 at 08:02 am
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Come on guys. The steak queen does a great hot chocolate. Ask for the Robbie special: 2 oz. of powdered hot chocolate, 6 oz. of iceberg vodka.
Sam / March 28, 2014 at 04:13 pm
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Chococrepe has the BEST hot chocolate ever! How can it not be on the list!
Spencer @ Moo-Lolly-Bar / May 19, 2014 at 01:47 am
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The best hot chocolate I ever had was in Toronto at a little cafe near High Park. Even though it was nearly 10 years ago I absolutely loved it and still dream about it to this day!

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