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Hot Chocolate Festival in the Big Apple

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Hankering for something hot and sweet this bitter-cold February? If you're in New York, you're in luck. Monday marked the beginning of the 28-day long Hot Chocolate Festival at The City Bakery, which is renowned for its viscous cups of cocoa topped with giant, creamy homemade marshmallows.

This year's new flavor is Moulin Chocolate Rouge—a blend of pomegranate, espresso, dark chocolate and lemon. Read more about how City Bakery owner, Maury Rubin, comes up with these inventive cocoa flavors in Time Out NY here. Check out the other 27 delicious flavors. (And yes, those are strands of marshmallows you see below.)

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City Bakery's Hot Chocolate Festival:
Feb. 1: Lemon Hot Chocolate
Feb. 2: Chile Pepper Hot Chocolate
Feb. 3: Chinese Cinnamon Hot Chocolate
Feb. 4: Espresso Hot Chocolate
Feb. 5: Ginger Hot Chocolate
Feb. 6: Banana Peel Hot Chocolate
Feb. 7: Caramel Hot Chocolate
Feb. 8: Vanilla Bean Hot Chocolate
Feb. 9: Earl Grey Tea Hot Chocolate
Feb. 10: Introducing….Moulin Rouge Hot Chocolate!
Feb. 11: Tropical Hot Chocolate (A mix of banana, orange, lemon, grapefruit and coconut)
Feb. 12: Bourbon Hot Chocolate
Feb. 13: Milk Chocolate Hot Chocolate
Feb. 14: Love Potion Hot Chocolate (Rubin told the NY Post that this is a "gentle, but heavy-duty” hot chocolate, with a drizzling of the bakery’s homemade hot fudge sauce on top.)
Feb. 15: Vietnamese Cinnamon Hot Chocolate
Feb. 16: Hi Ho Pistachio Hot Chocolate
Feb. 17: Milk Chocolate Hot Chocolate
Feb. 18: Darkest Dark Chocolate Hot Chocolate
Feb. 19: Creamy Stout Hot Chocolate
Feb. 20: Happy Hot Chocolate (Vanilla-infused milk chocolate)
Feb. 21: Sunken Treasure Hot Chocolate (Dark hot chocolate with a nugget of gold-dusted chocolate truffle and edible caramel coins at the bottom of the cup)
Feb. 22: Ginger Hot Chocolate
Feb. 23: Arabian Nights Hot Chocolate (Cinnamon, licorice, cardamom, pepper, coriander, cumin and a blend of teas)
Feb. 24: Ode to the Polar Bear Hot Chocolate (White chocolate)
Feb. 25: Beer + Brown Sugar Hot Chocolate
Feb. 26: Shangri-La Hot Chocolate
Feb. 27: Banana Peel Hot Chocolate
Feb. 28: Festival Finale TBD

Lyndsey Matthews is an online editorial intern at Travel + Leisure.

Photos by Lyndsey Matthews

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