The Best Hot Chocolate in Toronto
The 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.
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’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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 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 »
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 »