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Best Places To Get Hot Chocolate

Best Places To Get Hot Chocolate
The Lakewood Observer

While it initially seemed like we were going to have a mild winter, January has proven that the coldest season isn’t over yet! Hot chocolate can warm you up on a chilly day, and the Times has some recommendations for you on where to get the best hot cocoa in Lakewood.

On Jan. 18, Lakewood High School students were sent a survey about their favorite place to grab a hot chocolate. 144 responses came back and here’s what they said: 

The Root Cafe, established in 2015, received the most votes. The Root is rated 4.3/5 overall, and is a fan favorite for their two hot chocolate options: the original hot chocolate, as well as Mexican cocoa. The Mexican cocoa consists of a house-made chocolate milk steamed with cinnamon, cayenne & vanilla.  The Root Cafe is located in downtown Lakewood by Lion and Blue.  

In second place was Starbucks, established in 1971, and the only chain to receive top votes. Starbucks is known for its convenience & efficiency, as well as being within a five-minute driving distance from the school. 

Third place was handed easily to The Blackbird Bakery with 18.8% of students voting it as their favorite hot chocolate place. The cafe is a collaboration between husband and wife Tom and Adria Clark. They met in Portland, Oregon, and Tom, a Lakewood native, acquired his baking training while working and managing local bakeries. The Blackbird also has really good bakery options, like cookie, breads, croissants, muffins, and more. 

Overall, no matter which place is voted the highest, Lakewood has plenty of great coffee shops. You can truly enjoy a cup of hot cocoa during all four seasons here! 

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