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January 30, 2008

Best Hot Chocolates in DC

So, the Washingtonian has an article on its web site about the best hot chocolates in DC: http://www.washingtonian.com/blogarticles/restaurants/bestbites/6320.html. It mentions a bunch of places that are worth going to just to try the hot chocolate. I've had the hot chocolate at a couple of the places and they were pretty good. Enumerating the best places to try hot chocolate invariably means that you leave out some that, by all accounts, should be in there: ACKC being one of them but *shrug*

[rant mode]
The problem with most places serving hot chocolate is that they seem to feel that the more cream you put in the better the hot chocolate (i.e. the richer the better) even if that means that the actual taste of the chocolate comes out a poor second. (In some cases, that is certainly meant to be the case -- most mexican and spiced hot chocolates tend not to allow the cocoa taste to shine but then they make up for it through a medley of tastes that complement the cocoa). The other big problem with most restaurant/cafe hot chocolates is the milky concoction that has barely noticeable traces of chocolate in it but is sweet enough to give you a sugar high.

Anyway, enough with the complaining, go try some of the places mentioned in the article.