5 Chicago hot chocolates that are dressed to impress

Hot chocolate is a winter staple, and though it definitely should be gulped on a regular basis, that doesn’t mean it has to be routine. Ditch your powdered milk concoctions and opt for one of these elaborate, so-delicious-it-should-be-illegal masterpieces. Because when it comes to liquid chocolate, there’s no such thing as “too much.” So go on, treat yo’ self.

Drinking Chocolates at Katherine Anne Confections

The life-affirming Salted Caramel Drinking Chocolate at this beloved spot is a best-seller, and we’re guessing that has something to do with the house-made toffee garnish. But the real stunner this season is the new Peanut Butter Drinking Chocolate. Get this: It’s two hot chocolates in one mug, including a white chocolate peanut butter drinking chocolate with cayenne and nutmeg and a dark chocolate peanut butter drinking chocolate with caramel and sea salt. It’s all topped off with a peanut butter oatmeal streusel, which is mouthwatering just to write.

Hotter Chocolates at BomboBar

Why be hot when you can be hotter? These ornate cups of happiness are pretty much what dreams are made of. Whether you go with the Funfetti – made with hot white chocolate, whipped cream, sprinkles, funfetti shortbread and a vanilla donut – or the S’mores – made with hot milk chocolate, toasted marshmallow fluff, chocolate biscotti and a chocolate donut – you’ll make your tastebuds proud.

Italian Hot Sipping Chocolate and Peppermint Patty at Kopi A Travelers Cafe

The kids are going to absolutely flip over the Italian Hot Sipping Chocolate at this fun spot. It’s thick and rich, almost like chocolate pudding (which, let’s be real, is their favorite food). But don’t leave without trying the Peppermint Patty, made of Guittard chocolate, peppermint syrup and, of course, whipped cream. Heaven, party of one.

Black & Tan Hot Chocolate at Mindy’s Hot Chocolate

If you have one hot chocolate for the rest of your life, let it be at Mindy’s. The Chicago classic is a must-hit for your city bucket list. Everything on the menu is divine, but the Black& Tan is a definite crowd-pleaser, made of one-third hot fudge and two-thirds medium hot chocolate. And we can’t even talk about the made-from-scratch marshmallows, which we would probably sell our kids for. Just kidding. Kind of.

For the parents: Red Wine Hot Chocolate at Bread & Wine

If you say you haven’t been intrigued by this trend, you’re lying, and I thought you were better than that. Your favorite childhood drink and your adult drink of choice just got married, and there’s no better way to celebrate than with Bread& Wine’s perfect rendition of the world’s latest favorite treat.

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