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4 places in L.A. to find great Mexican hot chocolate

There’s hot chocolate, and then there’s chocolate Mexicano, a whole different beast. Mexican hot chocolate is lower on the sweet scale, less rich than European or American styles, infused with cinnamon and chile, and frothy to the brim.    Chocolate has always mesmerized us — the Oltecs called...

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