Best Hot Chocolate In Baltimore

December 18, 2013 6:00 AM

A cup of hot chocolate can be had at any location that serves warm drinks during the winter, but not all cups of cocoa are created equal. A number of restaurants compete to make the most delicious hot chocolate available in the Baltimore region. Of all of the competitors, these five locations come out ahead of the pack. Try their offerings and see if you agree.

Pitango Gelato 
802 S. Broadway
Baltimore, Md. 21231
(410) 236-0741

Pitango Gelato has revived the lost art of pure Italian ice cream in America. This spot uses nothing but the finest ingredients, including organic, grass-fed milk and raw cane sugar. Little wonder, then, that it offers an authentic Italian hot chocolate. This rich, creamy, full-flavored hot chocolate, served in the Italian style, tastes like a melted candy bar. You can also enjoy it American-style with steamed milk. Either way, the ingredients are fresh and refreshing.

Carma’s Cafe
2130 St. Paul Street, Suite 7
Baltimore, Md. 21218
(410) 243-5200

Carma’s Café is a cozy little coffee shop in Baltimore. It offers hot chocolate with regular milk for a rich, full flavor; skim milk for a low-fat option; and almond milk so the lactose intolerant can still enjoy it. Carma’s make its own chocolatey syrup for the cocoa right on site. Try it along with one of the homemade muffins or scones for a robust winter snack.

Chocolatea Cafe and Tea Lounge
3811 Canterbury Road
Baltimore, Md. 21218
(410) 366-0095

The Chocolatea Café & Tea Lounge specializes in coco-lattes; melted chocolate, infused with milk, with fresh fruit, spices or teas blended in for a stunning variety of flavors. Try the unique Peanut Butter Cup Coco-latte with creamy marshmallow. Or, for the holidays, give the Peppermint Candy Coco-latte a taste. With more than a dozen flavors, which include Mayan, ginger, caramel, strawberry Nutella, banana split, nutty Irishman, white matcha, cinnamon spice, custom creation, tea latte, teapucino, black tea, green tea, specialty tea and good, old-fashioned hot chocolate, there is something to suit everyone’s tastes. For a real chocolatey experience, try your cocoa along with a homemade truffle.

Related: Best Hot Drinks In Baltimore

Stone Mill Bakery
3600 Clipper Mill Road, Suite 121
Baltimore, Md. 21211
(410) 889-0726

Stone Mill is a wholesale bakery devoted to handmade products of a broad variety of European treats. It uses fresh, organic ingredients free of hormones, additives and preservatives. While enormously successful in the Baltimore region and surrounding counties, Stone Mill Bakery has remained a family business for generations. So it should be no surprise that its delicious hot chocolate is made with real Valrhona chocolate straight from France. Try it with any of the handmade baked goods. As an added treat, Stone Mill offers handmade marshmallows to dissolve into the beverage for a taste that is truly unique.

Sofi’s Crepes
1723 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, Md. 21201
(410) 727-7732

The singular dream of owner Ann Costlow, Sofi’s Crepes is a business she launched after her experiences as a galley cook on “The Pride of Baltimore” and after an extensive stint in France, learning the art of baking. Why “Sofi’s”? It was named after her loyal puppy. As the name would imply, Sofi’s primarily serves crepes. However, its surprisingly delicious hot chocolate is a combination of rich chocolatey flavor and fresh, authentic cream. This beverage perfectly compliments the full menu of crepe flavors. For a treat, try your hot chocolate with a delicious Nutella crepe.

Related: Drink Up: Recipes For Winter Drinks

Joel Furches is a freelance writer and researcher for The Examiner and Logos Software, and also manages his own catalog of writing on Hub Pages. Joel is on the board of directors for Ratio Christi. He has a bachelors in Psychology and a Masters in Education.

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