Navni posted on 8th November

Cinnamon, Chilli Or Coconut: 16 Hot Chocolates To Get You Through Winter

Salted or spicy, spiked or sober, with or without nutmeg and cinnamon; there’s a good chance a good cuppa hot chocolate will always hit the spot. And while you’ve been busy refreshing your winter wardrobe, we’ve been drinking our way through the hot chocolates in the city. We list down our favourites for you.

The Coffee Bond

This little cafe in Uday Park dishes out some great coffee and delish hot chocolate. They use Mason & Co chocolate for your cuppa and offer a bunch of yummy flavours like coconut, bittersweet peanut butter and, our favourite, chilli; a perfect pairing with a chilly evening.

Price: INR 261 {Chilli Hot Chocolate}

Elma's

The crew behind Elma’s makes its own marshmallows, and you know a hot chocolate is extra special when you get delicious marshmallows on top of it.

Price: INR 250

Choko La

A cafe devoted to all things chocolate, Choko La has variety, with everything from dark chocolate to hazelnut with the added option of marshmallows. If you’re a dark-chocolate-bordering-on-bitter-fan, we recommend their 70% cocoa hot chocolate. And you can choose different flavours like white vanilla, cinnamon and coffee.

Price: Starting at INR 170

Dessert Parlours

Theo's

Theo’s Signature Hot Chocolate is made from chocolate and truffles, with the added option of adding coffee in case you’re also looking for a caffeine kick.

Price: Starting at INR 140

Cafes & Coffee Shops

Starbucks

We’re still waiting for the Pumpkin Spiced Latte in India but while that may not be on the cards, you can get your hands on the Starbucks Signature Hot Chocolate topped with frothy whipped cream.

Price: INR 155 {Short}

Cafes & Coffee Shops

Cafe Turtle

They keep it traditional with chocolate syrup, chocolate powder and milk. Nothing like going back to the basics if you ask us, especially if a book from their sister, Full Circle, is joining you.

Price: INR 150

Cafes & Coffee Shops

Coast Cafe

Coast does a mean hot chocolate, though it’s super heavy on cinnamon. Added with it is sea salt and some Belgian chocolate.

Price: INR 150

Madison & Pike

This delightful American-style bake shop makes us warm and fuzzy without even trying; the hot chocolate makes us fall even more in love.

Price: INR 150

Di Ghent Cafe

The words ‘Belgian’ and ‘chocolate’ are used together so often that one could almost forget what a powerful force they are when combined. This European-style Gurgaon café does all things chocolate really well, not in the least of which is the hot chocolate.

Price: Starting at INR 190

Cafes & Coffee Shops

Roots - Café In The Park

The chocolate may not be high-brow, and maybe the hot chocolate does taste like a home production from a time when we didn’t know better, but hey, we were never ones to forget our roots.

Price: INR 165 {Nutella Hot Chocolate}

Chocolateria San Churro

You may have to go back again and again, since they have over five different types. Our vote goes to the Classic Spanish recipe, the Azetca with hot chilli and cinnamon, the mint version, and milk chocolate more traditional recipe. Okay, we liked them all.

Price: Starting at INR 190

Music & Mountains Cafe

Our beloved Sakley’s, now Music & Mountains Cafe has us feeling cosy every time we step in; from the woody decor to the dim lights and the fireplace, it’s like a snug home in the hills. Add Emily’s Home-Made Hot Chocolate and a good book to that, and you’re all sorted for a beautiful evening.

Price: INR 225

The Mad Teapot

Think choco chips, milk, cinnamon powder and nutmeg, and you’ve easily got yourself one of the best hot chocolates we’ve had in the city. And since the cafe is situated inside The Wishing Chair, you can sign up for a bout of retail therapy for your quirky corners at home.

Price: INR 135

Coffee Home

For when you want to go back to basics sans the nutmeg, cinnamon and spice, head to Coffee Home. They just use Nescoffee powder and milk, and, surely, something else they’re not telling us, because it tastes so damn good. 

Price: INR 40

Fast Food Restaurants

The Chocolate Room

They do everything chocolaty and it’s no secret that they’re very good at it. The Chocolate Room’s got a variety of Italian hot chocolates like Hazelnut, mint, torroncino but we like the tiramisu one by the very sound of it.

Price: Starting at INR 129

The Coffee Shop

Not only does The Coffee Shop in Saket whip a great coffee but their Swiss Hot Chocolate is one that won’t disappoint. It’s also the perfect place to chill at on a winter afternoon with good friends, good food and even better hot chocolate.

Price: INR 220