Nothing pairs better with cold, blustery days and holiday lights quite like hot chocolate (or hot cocoa, if you're of the Yankee persuasion). While you could settle for mediocre mix from the grocery store or some national coffee chain, celebrate the season locally with hot chocolate from one of these awesome Abilene area shops.

Now don't be late for Winter Lightfest or Christmas Lane!

Here's where to get delicious hot chocolate in Abilene:

Fox Coffee (4574 S 14th)

In addition to traditional hot chocolate, Fox Coffee also serves Candy Cane Cocoa (made with white chocolate and peppermint hot chocolate — you can also add espresso for a White Mint Mocha).

Mad Coffee & More (8049 US Hwy 83/84)

Besides a traditional hot chocolate, Mad Coffee & More offers other seasonal drinks like Mistletoe Joe, Run Run Rudolph, Candy Cane Mocha, and Little Elf (as listed in the Facebook post above).

Big Country Coffee (5001 Buffalo Gap Rd & 802 S Treadaway Blvd)

Nana's Hot Cocoa is such a big hit at both Big Country Coffee locations that it's now sold as a packaged dry mix. Local tip: ask for your order "dirty" with added espresso. Seasonal peppermint flavors are also available during the month of December.

Honey + Fig Gelato (806 South 2nd St)

Honey + Fig Gelato in the SoDA District Courtyard crafts gourmet hot chocolate free of powdered mixes or extra additives.

Monks Coffee Shop (233 Cypress St)

Monks in downtown Abilene offer both regular hot chocolate and white hot chocolate to satisfy all your chocoholic cravings.

Mulebarn Coffee (13981 US Hwy 277 S Hawley, TX)

While this hometown gem is outside Abilene, it's not to be missed when you're passing through Hawley. One of their unique seasonal flavors includes "The Grinch" (peppermint hot chocolate with whipped cream and sprinkles).

Mezamiz Coffee House (3909 S 7th St, Suite C)

If you're looking for your rich, creamy Ghirardelli hot chocolate in Abilene, look no further than Mezamiz. The double hot cocoa includes a flavor shot of your choice.

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