With 2014 really feeling like winter, I love having any kind of excuse to indulge in something warm, sweet and comforting. That's why I wanted to put together this short but sweet hot cocoa round-up for your viewing and tasting pleasure. What's your favorite place in the nabe to enjoy a hot chocolate?
Martha's Country Bakery is always a treat when you're looking for fancy hot chocolate. I love that they boast some inventive flavors such as peanut butter (pictured above), red velvet, and even a spicy Mexican hot chocolate. 36-21 Ditmars Blvd, Astoria. 718.545.9737
Speaking of fancy hot cocoa, Leli's Bakery also comes to mind, as they feature four fun flavors such as French, Raspberry, Caramel and Vanilla Hot Chocolate. 35-14 30th Avenue, Astoria. 718.626.8090
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Il Bambino isn't just one of my favorite places to get a panini, they feature pretty decadent hot chocolate options such as peanut butter and nutella - my We Heart Astoria comrades and Time Out New York agree, too! 34-08 31st Avenue, Astoria. 718.626.0087
|Image via Yelp by Amy S.
When I think of quality, The Queens Kickshaw naturally comes to mind, which is why I was happy to see they've got a Mast Brothers Hot Chocolate drink. For those of you familiar with this Brooklyn-based chocolate purveyor, you'll know that you're getting something really top notch. 40-17 Broadway, Astoria. 718.777.0913
Sweetleaf, one of my favorite LIC haunts is another place you can hang with a warm cup of joe or a hot cocoa. I love that they showcase Jacques Torres' hot chocolate and add their own special touch with homemade marshmallows. 10-93 Jackson Avenue, LIC. 917.832.6726. 46-15 Center Blvd, LIC. 347.527.1038