Battle this cold weather with a cup of hot cocoa on National Hot Cocoa Day. (Pictured: the Takoma Cocoa Crawl) Credit: Provided by Main Street Takoma

As Montgomery County residents are battling 40-degree weather this week, find some relief in a warm cup of hot chocolate.

Here are some county options to enjoy Hot Cocoa Day as the temperatures drop to the low 20s tonight:

Carmen’s Italian Ice Located 1115 Nelson St. in Rockville and 3233 Spartan Road in Olney, offers both regular hot chocolate and white hot chocolate, along with an assortment of hot drinks and Italian ice flavors.

Java Nation Locations in Kensington, North Bethesda and Kentlands. Along with their coffee, Java Nation sells hot chocolate with the option of added whipped cream for an additional $0.75. The Kensington location is 10516 Connecticut Ave., the North Bethesda location is 11120 Rockville Pike and the Kentlands location, at 121 Market St. in Gaithersburg. For the full hours, visit Java Nation’s website.

Dolcezza Gelato Located at 7111 Bethesda Lane in Bethesda Row. Open 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 9:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. The shop, which sells gelato, offers hot chocolate with the option of adding vanilla syrup, a shot of espresso and whipped cream.

Churros Inc. Located in Clarksburg Premium Outlets, open noon to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday; and Olney Farmer’s Market 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The business offers Mexican hot chocolate its menu in addition to its churros.


Celebrating hot cocoa won’t just be limited to Tuesday as Main Street Takoma will hold a Cocoa Crawl from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. Attendees will be able to visit participating businesses to enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and shopping.

The event will include over 10 participating businesses that will offer specials and sales in part of the event. For a full list of the participating businesses and their specials, visit Main Street Takoma’s website.

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