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4 Great Places for Hot Cocoa in the Denver Area

Warm up with a delicious cup of hot chocolate.

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The Chocolate Therapist

Head to this downtown Littleton shop where Julie Pech and her staff make their own chocolate on-site. Check out their chocolate candies, made with no dyes or preservatives. Then, pull up a chair for some cocoa, made with their dipping chocolate and topped with house-made whipped cream. They have three different options, but try the Mexican Spice. They”ll make it mild for the kids, or add a cayenne pepper kick for the more adventurous. 2560 W. Main St., Suite 100, Littleton. 303-795-7913

Quince Essential Coffee House

Grab a cup of organic Belgian hot chocolate and sit down to a board game with the kids. You can relax while your kids draw on the tables for once—they”re covered in chalkboard paint. This Stapleton coffeehouse also serves up burritos and empanadas along with their cocoa and coffee drinks, so you can hang out for a bit without worrying about hungry children. 1447 Quince St., Denver. 303-955-2479

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Caribou Coffee

Yes, it’s a chain, but they make their cocoa with real chocolate and they offer three different ways to customize it. Choose from dark, milk, or white chocolate and get a tasty hot beverage topped with whipped cream and chocolate chips. You can also add in syrups for different flavors of hot chocolate (try the mint and they”ll top it with crushed Andes candies). Perfect for a post-sledding treat. 22 Colorado locations. 888-227-4268

Legends Coffee

Legends makes their chocolate ganache in-house with single-origin chocolate that they use for all their hot cocoa and mochas. The staff makes sure kids get extra whipped cream on their drinks. Also recommended? The pumpkin spice latte, made with real pumpkin and five spices, and they can also make a kid friendly version. Pastries and breakfast sandwiches are available as well. 24100 E. Commons Ave., Suite 103, Aurora. 303-803-6851

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