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The Most-Over-the-Top Hot Chocolate in the Country

These restaurants take the winter warmer to new heights with unique flavors, extra-special marshmallows and crazy toppings.

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Mexican Hot Chocolate at La Bodega, Chicago

You won't find your typical Mexican hot chocolate at this walk-up window — although a bit of Abuelita Mexican hot chocolate mix with spices is added in. This version takes it to a whole new level by adding a chocolate pumpkin churro, cookie crisp cereal and a dusting of gold stardust glitter and finishing it with a giant gold marshmallow.

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Haute Chocolate at the Remedy Bar at the Four Seasons, Vail, Colorado

After a long day of skiing, there's nothing more deliciously indulgent than cozying up to the Remedy Bar with this luxe hot chocolate made with heavy cream and whole milk mixed with Valrhona dark and milk chocolate. The presentation is equally decadent: A homemade marshmallow is placed on a chocolate lattice that slowly melts when the hot chocolate is poured into the cup, releasing the marshmallow before your first sip.

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Blossoming Hot Chocolate at Dominique Ansel Bakery, New York City

Leave it to Dominique Ansel to give hot chocolate a truly theatrical presentation. Before you sip, watch a flower-shaped marshmallow blossom when it's placed in the cup. The surprises don't end there — when the flower fully blossoms, it reveals a chocolate bonbon inside.

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Like Butter at The Ritz-Carlton, Greensboro, Georgia

The Ritz-Carlton's boozy hot chocolate is indeed so smooth that it's almost like butter. The combination of melted Valrhona Chocolate Guanaja, a splash of cream, Benjamin Prichard's Sweet Lucy Bourbon Cream Liqueur and peanut butter-infused Knob Creek Bourbon is melded together for 24 hours before being topped with chocolate shavings, whipped cream and a full s'more and served to the masses.

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