One of my favorite things about the winter time is the warm sugary drinks you get to enjoy after being all cold and chilly.

Hot chocolate is my drink of choice over the holidays, and Forest Lake, Minnesota is home the 'Best Hot Cocoa In Minnesota' according to WCCO.

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You'll find it at Daniela's Chocolates. Daniela's is a chocolate shop that's known for offering up their famous hot cocoa in the fall and winter months. A sign on the building out front reads, "Voted Minnesota's Best Hot Cocoa". The hot chocolate is made in a very special way, according to the restaurant's website, it's created 'like they do in the Italian Alps; rich, creamy and flavorful."

In 2016, the owner told WCCO that the hot cocoa is "as thick as a milkshake."

Their cocoa is seasonal, and only available in the fall and winter months. Minnesotans drive from all over the state to enjoy a cup.

Mike Dawson posted a photo of the restaurant on the Facebook group 'That's So Minnesota' and captioned it, "Driven by this many times. I finally had to stop."

His post gained hundreds of comments and reactions from people who had great things to say about the cocoa.
JoAnn Molitor wrote, "I love this place 💕💕💕💕 delicious".

Cheryl Ott commented, "They have the best hot chocolate".

Carol A. Bacon mentioned, "ABSOLUTELY the BEST hot chocolate and their gelato is
made fresh daily and is AMAZING! 💗".

Mmmm! My mouth is watering just reading these! In addition to the hot cocoa, Daniela servers up homemade ice cream in the summer months with authentic recipes from Italy.

Daniela's shop has been open since 2004. You can find them at 145 Lake Street South in Forest Lake.

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