Mayans were first to adore xocolatl. Today, we can’t stop loving an aromatic mug of spicy hot chocolate.
Maz Café Con Leche
Mazapan Hot Chocolate $3.50
Fabulously old-school, this signature hot cocoa relies on Abuelita syrup, steamed whole milk, and a flick of cinnamon. On top, a melting disc of peanut de la Rosa marzipan. Santa Ana, 714-479-0104
Mexican Hot Chocolate $3.25
This milky cocoa with baking-spice notes rings the olfactory nostalgia bell. Owner Gina Wilson won’t divulge her recipe, but it gets high marks for silky sipping. Costa Mesa, 714-754-1944, eatatrooster.com
Mayan Hot Chocolate $3.60
Martin Diedrich knows his beans, so expect 12 ounces of Chuao chocolate, with cinnamon, cayenne, pasilla chile, a touch of sugar, and freshly steamed milk. Seductive. Newport Beach and Tustin, keancoffee.com