I have never really been a big fan of hot chocolate or hot cocoa.  When I was a kid, I'd have a cup at holiday events, and while I liked it, I never really loved it.  It was okay.  I could never really understand why they sang about it in The Polar Express.  What was so great about it?

Now I know why I was never a huge fan of hot chocolate...  I had never had the hot chocolate they serve at The Mountain View Grand in Whitefield, New Hampshire.

Over the weekend, I had the privilege of DJing at an event at the iconic New England resort.  I noticed the photographers I was working with got really excited about something they were drinking out of paper cups.  They acted like the beverage had changed their lives.  I asked them if they were drinking coffee, and they explained to me that they were sipping on the best hot cocoa they had ever had.

On top of the great hot cocoa itself, the staff had filled the table with add-ons like marshmallows and candy.

I was going to get myself a coffee, but decided to give the hot cocoa (hot chocolate?) a try.

The photographers were right!  It was the best thing I had ever had!

Remember in The Polar Express when they were singing about hot chocolate?  This hot chocolate made me want to run around singing and dancing, too.

Most of us, myself included, are used to hot chocolate being the consistency of coffee.  Basically, the packaged stuff is like drinking a chocolate-flavored coffee.  Not bad, but not mind-blowing.

The hot chocolate served at this event was like nothing I had ever had before.  It was really thick, like drinking a warmed chocolate milkshake or pureed chocolate cake batter.  In a large warmer pot (like you'd get coffee from), it flowed slowly from the spigot.

Is this a special offering only available for certain events?  Nope.  Taking a look at the menus, it appears that at least one of the resort's restaurants has hot chocolate on its regular menu.

Since 1865, the Mountain View Grand Resort has been welcoming visitors to the White Mountains of New Hampshire.  You can find the resort on Mountain View Road in Whitefield, New Hampshire.  Find out more about the resort and its hot cocoa HERE.

Do you have a favorite place to get hot chocolate?

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