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This festival for hot chocolate is exactly what your winter needed

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This festival for hot chocolate is exactly what your winter needed

WATCH | Valrhona Chocolates' second-annual Hot Chocolate Festival kicked off Jan. 18 in New York City, and it's exactly what your winter needed.

Hot Chocolate Festival 2017
Valrhona Chocolates launched its second Hot Chocolate Festival in New York City with a kickoff party at Ladurée Soho on Jan. 18, 2017. (Photo credit: Circa.)

Gathering Wednesday night at Ladurée bake shop in SoHo, some of the city’s top pastry and bakery chefs prepared high-end hot chocolate for revelers attending the sold-out event.

Chefs from the following restaurants and businesses attended the kickoff event and/or were expected to participate in future weeks:

Milk, white and dark chocolates are mixed with flavors ranging from ginger to orange.

Hot Chocolate Festival 2017
Valrhona launched its second Hot Chocolate Festival in New York City with a kickoff party at Ladurée Soho on Jan. 18, 2017. (Photo credit: Circa.)

With a flagship store at 377 Amsterdam Ave., Sugar and Plumm served its decadent hot chocolate with colorful, flavored marshmallows collected in matching bowls made of chocolate.

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Continuing through Feb. 5, the festival is fundraising for Valrhona's Clean Water Project, improving living conditions for the cocoa-producing community of Los Ranchos, Peru. Marine Leman, a Valrhona spokeswoman, told Circa the festival had already raised thousands of dollars toward the cause.

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