Top 5 Hot Chocolates to Warm You Up This Winter

The cocoa at Antigua.
The cocoa at Antigua.

Cold weather is on the way - perfect for grabbing a Snuggie, a good book, and a steaming mug of delicious hot cocoa. Here our picks for the best options in town.

5. Nestle Abuelita Authentic Mexican Chocolate Mix (various supermarkets) This stuff would win for convenience and price alone, but luckily it happens to taste pretty darn good, too. Plus it's got a picture of an old lady on it, which is pretty cool. A 19-ounce package contains six cinnamon-scented chocolate disks which are whisked into warm milk over the stove. No powder packet here. For supermarket hot chocolate, this stuff can't be beat.

4. Antigua Coffee House (8201 Broadway St.) Hidden in a nondescript strip center in Pearland, Antigua Coffee House is definitely under the radar. But once you find it, you're hooked. The place is comfortable, the staff is knowledgeable and friendly, and the drinks are amazing. Their hot chocolate is served warm, but not so hot that you risk serious tongue burns. It's velvety, rich and just sweet enough. Plus it comes with a beautiful foam design that somehow enhances the overall hot chocolate experience.

3. The Chocolate Bar (1835 West Alabama) Okay, so maybe the Chocolate Bar's Frozen Hot Chocolate won't exactly warm you up, but it's too delicious to not add to the list. New York's Serendipity 3 used to think they were so superior with their gimmicky frozen hot chocolate, but now Houston can claim its very own version. And you know what? I've had both, and ours is better. Thick and rich European sipping chocolate is blended with ice and topped with fresh whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles. Suck it, New York!

2. Hugo's (1600 Westheimer) Hugo's offers unarguably one of the best brunches in the city. But don't forget to save room after you've stuffed your face with all kinds of fancy delicacies for the best part: churros and hot chocolate for dessert! Thick, rich, steaming hot cocoa simmers in a large pot next to small porcelain cups just begging to be filled with the gloriously rich beverage. The crispy, cinnamon churros provide the perfect dunkers for this decadent libation.

1. Araya (2013 W. Gray) I never thought that anything could top the amazing hot chocolate at Hugo's. I was wrong. Araya's new hot chocolate is truly an innovative product. A cube of intense, slightly sweet, deep, dark, sublime chocolate is wrapped around the bottom of a wooden Popsicle stick. You warm up a mug of milk, then swirl the chocolate in until it becomes melted and smooth. It is heavenly as is, but you can also jazz it up with a pinch of cinnamon or cayenne pepper or even a swirl of caramel. It is unreal how much this heavenly version of cocoa transcends the standard cup of hot chocolate.


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