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Valrhona Hot Chocolate Festival: Top NYC bakeries offering specials

It’s hot chocolate season, and a bunch of bakeries are doling out special cocoa concoctions for a cause.

A who’s who of New York’s best bakeries will be participating in the Valrhona Hot Chocolate Festival, beginning on Jan. 21 and running through Feb. 5. The bakeries will be selling special hot chocolates, and for every cup of cocoa sold (whether specialty or the in-house standard), 50 cents will be donated to Valrhona’s Clean Water Project — an effort of the luxury chocolate brand to boost living conditions and public health in Los Ranchos, Peru, a cocoa-producing community.

If you want an early taste, a kick-off event will be held at Laduree SoHo on Jan. 18, and tickets are $35.

Here’s a look at some of the sweet treats from participating bakeries.

Jillian Jorgensen