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N-Out brings back hot cocoa to its menu

N-Out brings back hot cocoa to its menu

As a burger chain with strong Southern Californian roots, In-N-Out locations aren't used to seeing as much cold weather as other parts of the country.

The new addition is a cup of hot cocoa and In-N-Out President Lynsi Snyder said it's actually making a comeback rather than a debut. California isn't almost as cold as most states - it's frequently on fire, in fact - but it makes sense here in San Francisco, where fog stirs cravings for warmth.

Customers also have the option to add little marshmallows, and kids can receive a free cup on rainy days - at least at the Daly City location.

The drink sticks to the fast-food joint's California roots, using cocoa powder from Ghirardelli Chocolate Co. Hot cocoa was served at In-N-Out in the 1950's before being discontinued for unknown reasons.

The new edition isn't technically "new", instead, hot cocoa is making a return.

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In-N-Out has shocked its devotees by adding its first new menu item in 15 years: hot cocoa. The last time anything changed on the menu it was when restaurants added lemonade around 15 years ago. It counts among its fans top chefs who wouldn't otherwise dream of touching fast food - and it even vegetarians, like this writer who could die happy on grilled cheese with grilled onions from the In-N-Out secret menu. In fact, hot cocoa isn't technically a new addition to the menu.

"My grandparents, Harry and Esther Snyder, served it for many years beginning in the 50s", Snyder said in a statement, according to KABC-TV.

Of course, if you're stuck on the East Coast in subzero temperatures, you can always make your own hot cocoa at home. By comparison, McDonald's sells a 12-ounce hot chocolate made with milk for $2.

In November, news broke that the chain is set to open a distribution center for operations in Colorado - a state where residents would likely crave warm hot cocoa in the winter to a greater degree than in sunny South California.


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