hot cocoa - Boston Moms

We may be in the depths of winter, but I still try to get outside as much as possible with my son. If you’re like me, and your kids are bouncing off the walls on occasion, try to brave the freezing temps and take them out for fresh air whenever possible. There’s nothing better than coming back indoors to a steaming cup of hot cocoa. Hot chocolate season is one of the few things I truly enjoy about winter!

Hot chocolate has come a long way since my childhood, when packets of Swiss Miss were a real treat. Whether you like a basic hot chocolate, a fancy truffle hot chocolate, or hot chocolate infused with anything from cinnamon to vanilla to peppermint, I’ve got a favorite to share with you.

Sillycow Farms

Based in Vermont but available locally at Stop & Shop, Wegman’s, or Whole Foods, Sillycow Farms has so many flavors! My flavor of choice is chocolate truffle, but I’m planning to try the chocolate pumpkin spice or chocolate coconut cream next.

Taza Chocolate

This local company based in Somerville makes amazing chocolate bars as well as hot chocolate. At the moment, we have their cinnamon hot chocolate mix in our house.

Equal Exchange

This company prides itself on organic cacao grown by small-scale farmers. It’s a bit more pricey, but it’s organic! You can find it on their website or on Amazon or Target.

Cocoa Sante

This brand is based out of Harbor Sweets in Salem. (Side note: I grew up in Salem, so I have known about Harbor Sweets forever; it’s my all-time favorite candy shop. MUST try the sweet sloops toffee if you haven’t already). For hot chocolate, I love their Nor’Easter mix with natural vanilla and amber malt.


Located in Harvard Square, this hot chocolate is almost too good for your kids. It’s a nice splurge if you happen to stroll by their shop and get one to go, but you can also take home a package of “drinking chocolate” to make later. Leaving their shop with a hot one is the perfect indulgence on a cold winter day.

Stonewall Kitchen

Based in Maine, Stonewall has flavors sure to please both parents and kids, including salted caramel for the grownups and marshmallow for the kids. They have flagship stores in York and Portland that sell all kinds of yummy gourmet foods.

King Arthur Baking Company

A New England company that has been around since 1790, King Arthur’s flavors include classic hot chocolate, double chocolate, and even “make your own malted hot cocoa kit.” Sounds fun!

Whatever hot chocolate you prefer, it’s sure to keep you and your family warm after your next sledding or snowman-making adventure!

Cheryl Mastrogiovanni
Cheryl is a native of Salem, MA, and now resides in Arlington with her husband and son. A graduate of Boston College, she has been a high school counselor for over 20 years and enjoys helping seniors navigate the college application process. A lifelong Boston Bruins fan, Cheryl began attending hockey games with her father in the original Boston Garden at the age of 8, a tradition she is now sharing with her son. Cheryl published a children’s picture book about the Bruins, and is also passionate about soccer, Cape Cod, all things Italian, and spending time with her family. As much as she loves to travel, she equally loves coming home. Loves: playing soccer on the weekends, GOOD pizza, hot summer nights, '80s music, sneakers, and being organized Dislikes: long meetings, loud noises, messiness