It's a cold day in the Rockford area. Expected high temperature of about 22 degrees, with windchill reading in the single digits. If ever a day (or several days) called for some hot chocolate, it's today. And, if you're looking for what many are calling America's best hot chocolate, you'll need to see a woman named Mindy.

Her name is Mindy, and her restaurant, at 1747 N Damen Avenue in Chicago, is called Mindy's HotChocolate Restaurant and Dessert Bar. It's a beautiful place, with an extensive menu, but Mindy's hot chocolate drinks are the real stars of the show. Mindy's place is on nearly every list of the best places in America for hot chocolate, and in most cases, Mindy's is ranked in the #1 spot.

All of her hot chocolates come with a homemade marshmallow, and she's got quite the variety. You can choose from:

  • The House Hot Chocolate
  • Peppermint Candy Cane
  • Dark
  • Medium
  • Mexican
  • Black & Tan
  • Half & Half
  • Chai
  • Old Fashioned
  • Affogato

Don't want to make the drive to Chicago? Mindy will also ship out her mixes to you when you order on her website.

If you're more a do-it-yourself sort of person, here's a recipe to try that has attracted more views on YouTube than any other hot chocolate recipe, with over 500,000 people checking it out. Must be the Nutella: