In a foodie city like PVD, cocoa needs to be listed as its own activity in the winter. There is absolutely no better way to warm up after a long day of sledding or ice skating, and it’s a perfect way to spend some special one on one time with your kids. We can guarantee an afternoon at one of these places will turn around the gloomiest of winter days. Don’t see your favorite cuppa on our list? Let us know what we’re missing!
Ellie’s Bakery 61 Washington St., Providence, RI
The Shop | Fox Point: 460 Wickenden St, Providence, RI
Wildflour Vegan Bakery: 727 East Ave, Pawtucket, RI
Bolt Coffee Company at The Dean Hotel: 122 Fountain Street, Providence, RI
Dave’s Coffee: 5193 Old Post Rd. Charlestown, RI
Getting out of the house not in the cards? We love this homemade hot cocoa recipe from Smitten Kitchen
1/2 cup (100 grams) granulated sugar
1 tablespoon (8 grams) cornstarch
3 ounces (85 grams) semi- or bittersweet chocolate, roughly chopped
1/2 cup (40 grams) cocoa powder, any kind you like
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract or the seeds from a tiny segment of fresh vanilla bean
1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt or 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until powdery, or chop/grate the chocolate as much as possible and add to the rest of the ingredients. To use, heat one cup of milk in a pan until steamy and add three tablespoons of mix. Whisk until mix is dissolved and hot cocoa begins to simmer. Store leftover mix in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 months.