Good Food on MontfordThis Montford Road spot’s hot chocolate martini carries a lot of heat with its dark chocolate, chilies, warm spices, and vanilla vodka. 1701 Montford Dr, www.goodfoodonmontford.com
Ritz-Carlton Bar CocoaEvery good hot chocolate needs great marshmallows on top. At Bar Cocoa the rich white orbs are made in house and served atop the frothy drink. 201 East Trade St, www.barcocoacharlotte.com
Sunflour BakeryThis bakery’s hot chocolate is made using an original house recipe, creating a smooth, sweet liquid that’s completely natural with no added preservatives. 2001 East 7th St, www.sunflourbakingcompany.com
Not Just CoffeeMixing dark organic Fair Trade chocolate powder with milk, this Atherton Mill coffee shop creates a thick mugful of sweetness. 2104 South Blvd, 704-817-3868
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Ebar at NordstromYou may not have expected to find a traditional Mexican hot chocolate at Nordstrom’s café bar, but this drink blends cinnamon, nutmeg, and dark Mexican chocolate for a spicy kick. 4400 Sharon Rd, 704-442-6000