10Best: Warm Up with Crazy Cool Hot Cocoas

Unique spins on a popular winter warmer
Lydia Schrandt

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Plentiful snowfall and frigid winter temps make this the season of warm beverages, and nothing's quite as warming in winter as a cup of hot cocoa. While the classic is certainly tasty, hotels across the USA are putting their own unique, flavorful spins on the beverage – everything from peppercorns to bacon!Revelation Hot ChocolateRevelation Hot Chocolate — Photo courtesy of Madeline Hotel and Residences


Revelation Hot Chocolate - Madeline Hotel & Residences in Telluride, Colo.

After a day on the slopes in Telluride, guests of Madeline Hotel & Residences can warm up with a Revelation Hot Chocolate, a chocolatey concoction made with peppermint schnapps and served in an over-sized mug with whipped cream, a chocolate lattice garnish and three "boozy" truffles.

Bourbon and Bacon Hot Cocoa - B Resort & Spa in Orlando

Everything's better with bacon, and that includes hot chocolate! The American Q restaurant at the B Resort & Spa in Orlando is serving up mugs of salty sweet goodness in the form of their Bourbon and Bacon Hot Cocoa, a decadent drink made with bacon fat, cocoa powder, heavy cream and bourbon and served with a slide of glazed and caramelized "Swine Candy" bacon.

Ray's Spiced Hot Chocolate - Montage Deer Valley in Park City, Utah

In Park City, executive pastry chef at Montage Deer Valley is cooking up a made-to-order cocoa infused with a spicy kick of lemon zest, black peppercorns and cinnamon.

Popbar Hot Chocolate ExperiencePopbar Hot Chocolate Experience — Photo courtesy of Montage Beverly Hills

Popbar Hot Chocolate Experience - Montage Beverly Hills in Beverly Hills, Calif.

At the Parq Bar inside the Montage Beverly Hills, guests get a "build your own" hot chocolate experience thanks to Popbar. The experience starts with a choice of three Popbar chocolates, dark, milk or vanilla, and a steaming pot of milk to pour over the chocolate. House-made toppings include whipped cream, marshmallows, white chocolate shavings and chocolate pearls.

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate - The Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, N.C.

Located in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, the Omni Grove Park Inn invites guests to cozy up in the Great Hall Bar with a warming cup of Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate. This sweet and savory take on the classic beverage is made with caramel sauce, coarse sea salt, melted chocolate and sweetened whipped cream.

Pumpkin Hot Chocolate - Enchantment Resort in Sedona, Ariz.

A spiced Pumpkin Hot Chocolate is the perfect complement to enjoying the stunning scenery of Sedona at the beautiful Enchantment resort. This indulgent hot cocoa variation is made from cocoa mix, pumpkin liqueur, cinnamon, whipped cream and a gingerbread cookie as garnish.



Lydia Schrandt

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Lydia considers herself a hot chocolate traditionalist, but she can't wait to try it with caramelized bacon.

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