There’s just something special about drinking hot chocolate on a cold winter day – it’s even better when you’re not making it.
National Cocoa Day is celebrated every year on December 13th. And according to experts at Williams Sonoma, a “classic hot cocoa contains cocoa powder, sugar and milk.” But hot chocolate “is made with real chocolate, usually chopped or shaved and added with either cream, milk or water, resulting in a fuller beverage that is less sweet and also goes by the name ‘drink chocolate’, a term often used with European counterparties. “
Of course, don’t forget the still trendy “hot chocolate bombs” that popped up all over the South Coast last year.
Here are some places in the area that serve a little warmth in a cup for you.
Cove Surf and Turf
If you fancy homemade hot chocolate, head over to Cove Surf and Turf at 1500 Cove Road, New Bedford. Warm up with a delicious treat made from gourmet cocoa powder, steamed milk and real sugar. Optionally, you can also nail it. Also available for delivery and takeaway, to order visit covesurfandturf.com.
Riverhouse at 260 W Water St., Taunton, serves hot chocolate in their Igloos. Igloos, dinner and hot chocolate? It sounds like a perfect winter night. Make your reservations early as seats are limited and can only be taken by phone at (774)501-2003 and (774) 501-2074. Igloos can accommodate between 2 and 8 people, include a pot of hot chocolate or hot apple cider to warm you up. A non-refundable booking fee of $ 50 per person. igloo is required and a portion of the profits goes to our local charity this month.
Tia Maria’s European Café
Throughout the month, stop by Tia Maria’s for a festive drink at 42 N Water St., New Bedford. Need to pick me up and try their peppermint chocolate. Visit www.facebook.com/TiaMariasEuropeanCafe for more vacation options.
The donut factory
Do you like hot chocolate but do not like hot drinks? Donut Factory at 7 Howland Road, Fairhaven, has you covered. They have a unique selection of hot and frozen hot chocolates and you can even add delicious cotton candies. Check them out at thedonutfactorys.com.
You can get plain hot chocolate, homemade Peruvian hot chocolate, decadent hot chocolate or even frozen hot chocolate at Mirasol’s Cafe, 439 State Road, North Dartmouth. Visit https://www.mirasolscafe.com/beverages to see their offers.
Butternut Bistro at 4437 Acushnet Ave., New Bedford may not have a driveway, but it does provide hot chocolate, coffee and specialty drinks. The hot chocolate is dark chocolate melted in steamed milk, topped with a blob of whipped cream and sprinkled with cardamom. Call or order online at (774)770-4928 or https://butternutbistro.square.site.
New England homemade donuts
Get your hot chocolate and a donut at NE Donuts at 138 South Main St., Fall River. There is nothing like a hot chocolate and a sweet treat, make your combination at https://www.nedonuts.com/menu.php today.
Al Mac’s On-The-Go
Al Mac’s On-The-Go has joined the latest craze and is offering hot chocolate bombs. Located at 550 Newton St., Fall River, the four delicious flavors have a choice of Peppermint Chocolate, White Chocolate Peppermint, Sea Salt Caramel (Grinch) and Smores. They are available in the store every day, but you can call 508-567-6229 to pre-order your favorites.
The pink bean
Are you a serious chocolate lover? Go to Pink Bean to get your fix at 202 Slades Ferry Ave., Somerset. Chocoholic served hot or iced is raw cocoa powder steamed with coconut and almond milk, a touch of agave and stevia. This liquid chocolate and more can be found at www.facebook.com/thepinkbean.
This article originally appeared on Standard Times: New Bedford, restaurants in the Fall River area offering hot cocoa, hot chocolate