Who Makes the Best Hot Chocolate in the US?

Food & Wine picks its favorites across the country

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According to Food & Wine, these 25 cafés and restaurants around the country do.

Admittedly, it's a solid list — featuring everything from the famed variety at New York City's City Bakery (which, this month, holds its Annual Hot Chocolate Festival) to perhaps slightly lesser-known renditions like the Rogue Hot Chocolate at St. Paul's Kopplin's Coffee and the Spiced Hot Venezuelan Bucare Chocolate at Zafra in Hoboken, N.J.

The roundup also includes entries from two of our favorites: Jacques Torres and L.A. Burdick. In fact, back in October, the experts behind the stellar renditions — including Mr. Chocolate himself — shared their tips for making perfect hot chocolate (make it with steamed milk, try using shaved chocolate).

So, not to worry, folks — if you don't happen to live near one of the country's best hot chocolates, at least now you know how to make a killer version at home. And if you're not quite up for going the homemade hot chocolate route (hey, it happens), we've also ranked the best store-bought varieties.