The Best Hot Chocolate in Toronto
The best hot chocolate in Toronto is a perfect cure for the winter blues. And finding the perfect cup shouldn't be a difficult task, or so I thought. Take some chocolate, mix in some hot milk, top with whipped cream, how hard could it be right? Oh, no no no. As it turns out, there is a lot more to this deceivingly simple drink than first meets the sugar-crazed eye.
This soul warming drink, which comes in a variety of flavors, and often involves a secret blend of rich and gooey spice-infused ganache and locally sourced creams, also comes in a variety of styles, which was sweet news to my ears, and lips. I guess I will just have to drink them all.
Here are the 15 best cups of hot chocolate in Toronto.
If you're looking for something out of the ordinary, then head to the Distillery District for a unique Mayan hot chocolate, made fresh in-house before your very eyes, in their glass walled chocolate factory. This thick concoction of delights includes chilies, ginger, cinnamon, orange peel and vanilla, mixed lovingly with fresh warm chocolate, and served up in shot glasses. They also will add fresh steamed milk, to turn this spicy shot into a more classic version for the less adventurous. More »
Like the owner's dog, this downtown hot chocolate has teeth, and the owner isn’t afraid to tell you how wonderful it is. The packed house was a dead giveaway as to how popular they have become already. It's made with melted Ghirardelli chocolate and micro foamed milk that recently won him a best barista medal. They also do a Blanco version with a shot of espresso to give you a nice kick in the pants. More »
Feel like taking a trip to France mid-week, but hate the nasty jet lag and hassle at the airports? Try stopping in here for a traditional French sipping chocolate with the renowned Valrhona Chocolate, thick, silky and luxurious to the last drop. This ultimate indulgence is served in delicate white porcelain cups and come in a variety of flavours, including Vanilla Orange White Chocolate, or with a side of whipped cream. Talk about decadence, the French really do know how to do it. More »
Just north of the Annex, on St Clair and Rushton, is an authentic French bakery, complete with fresh baguettes and French radio stations playing quietly in the background. They start with an authentic chocolate ganache, made in-house, and then mix in either steamed whole milk, or creme diplomate, which is half custard and half whipping cream. Ohh la la, c'est magnifique! More »
This quiet little gem is the perfect getaway for a mid afternoon hot cocoa date for two. Don’t let it’s tiny size fool you, its packed full of delicious treats to sip and dip you way into a sugar induced haze. Thick, rich and classic, the hot chocolate is simple yet expertly made, and balances the perfect level of dark cocoa bitterness with a light sweetness, all poured into a cup made from love. More »
If you’re heading to the Junction for some afternoon tripping and you're not into raw food then your first stop should be Delight. Their thick ganache-infused hot chocolate comes in a variety of flavours, including spicy, which will warm you right through and through. There is also a Vegan option to appease your inner Alanis Morissette while still partaking in this sinful drink. More »
This trendy little brunch spot is a pastry lovers heaven, and happens to also serve up one mean cup of cocoa. You have to ask for it specially, because it’s not on the menu, but imagine the filling of a chocolate croissant, poured into a cup, and then heated with milk until its frothy. Take one to go, with a light flaky pastry, and hit some nearby antique shops to make the perfect lazy afternoon. More »
With two Toronto locations, this longstanding local coffee destination is where it’s at if you're looking for a complete organic hot chocolate. Using organic cocoa powder, cane sugar, and milk, this classic version is served up in beautiful surroundings. While the staff may be less than enthusiastic, the warm beverage makes up for any chill there may be in the air. More »
The proof is in the pudding, or the name in this case. A blend of local cocoa powders and some homo milk make this simple treat into a “fresh” taste adventure for the ethically minded mouth. No need for a toque and mitts, this one will keep you warm while shopping near one of their locations in the Annex or Queen St. West. More »
Take a tasty trip to Germany with a thick and luscious melted German chocolate drink, made with whole milk, just like my motherland told me to use. This sinful treat is usually served pure and simple, or if you ask nicely, they will make you a condensed version that comes in a shot glass, and packs enough punch to knock your lederhosen clean off. More »
Feeling romantic? This tiny Queen Street French patisserie serves up authentic French cocoa hot chocolate, and is great for celebrity spotting, or a romantic first or 30th date. The small, but cozy surroundings transport you to another time and place, helped along by the waft of fresh pastries they are famous for, neatly stacked in old wine crates or in the small deli-style cooler. This classic is great for a walk in Trinity Bellwoods Park, kicking up fresh crispy fall leaves. More »