by Kae Lani Palmisano for USA TODAY 10Best

10 of the best hot chocolates across the United States

Hot chocolate has been getting a lot of attention lately, and chefs have gotten really creative. Here are some of the best hot chocolates across the country.

Kakawa Chocolate House - Santa Fe, NM

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Kakawa has a line of hot drinking chocolates – called elixirs – in a variety of flavors. In addition to elixirs with flowers and chilis, there’s Italian Citrus and French Lavender.

French Broad Chocolate - Asheville, NC

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French Broad is all about fair trade and organic chocolates. You can enjoy a silky dark sipping chocolate or creamy milk chocolate.

Shane Confectionery - Philadelphia, PA

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Shane Confectionery has recently released hot chocolate bombs in the shape of one of Philadelphia’s most iconic symbols: The Liberty Bell. It's filled with housemade vanilla marshmallows.

Katherine Anne Confections - Chicago, IL

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At Katherine Anne, there are not only a wide variety of hot chocolate flavors to enjoy, but a nice selection of marshmallow flavors as well. How about a salted caramel hot chocolate with cinnamon sugar marshmallows?

The Little Nell - Aspen, CO

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Craft hot chocolate is a sweet addition to luxury accommodations at The Little Nell. The drink comes with housemade marshmallows and an optional shot of liqueur.

La Chatelaine Chocolat Co. - Bozeman, MT

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Aromatic spices blend with the rich earthiness of cacao evoking complex profiles of fruity notes and peppery spices. Every cup of hot cocoa at Le Chatelaine is elegant yet comforting.

Moonstruck Chocolate Co. - Portland, OR

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If you’re looking for a delicious hot chocolate you can make at home or give as a gift to a loved one, you can’t go wrong with Moonstruck’s line of decadent hot chocolates.

Christopher Elbow - Kansas City, MO

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Christopher Elbow offers a variety of hot chocolates you can make at home and ship around the country, but the hot chocolates they make at their in-store locations are so unique and satisfying.

Sucré - New Orleans, LA

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Their le chocolat chaud, a Parisian hot chocolate, seems simple at first glance, but complex at first sip. The hot drinking chocolate is thick and silky. It’s incredibly chocolatey but has subtle notes of vanilla.

Popbar - Multiple locations

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Popbar’s concept is simple – every treat you could ever desire on a stick. Similar to hot chocolate bombs, all you have to do is add hot milk to bring your hot chocolate beverage to life.

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