Where to Find Creamy, Dreamy Hot Cocoa in the Hudson Valley
Try these local cafés for the perfect cup of steaming hot chocolate — whipped cream optional, but highly recommended.
Verdigris Tea & Chocolate’s popular hot chocolate
There are times when only a mug of hot chocolate (preferably topped off with a marshmallow or whipped cream dollop) will do to warm the soul. While a number of local shops specialize in the traditional chocolate-cum-milk combination, some offer newer, more intriguing variations such as spicy Mexican blends with chili or refreshing options with cool peppermint.
Regardless of whether you like your cocoa sweet, spiced, or over-the-top chocolatey, you'll find just the cuppa for you in the Hudson Valley.
Cornwall-on-Hudson and Newburgh
Don't let the name fool you; this coffee shop also serves up a mean hot chocolate. While hot cocoa is a staple on the menu year-round, keep an eye out for seasonal specials like the Chocolate Milk Mocha Capp, which is made ultra-rich with Hudson Valley Fresh chocolate milk.
This shop's Belgian hot chocolate is made in the Parisian style, which means it's more liquid chocolate than watery cocoa powder. The liquid-gold ganache makes it so next-level that whipped cream isn't really necessary at all. Don't forget to try the Italian-inspired caffe cioccolato, which blends coffee with Belgian hot chocolate for those who crave a caffeine fix.
Made with real cocoa powder and pure peppermint oil, Art Café's seasonal peppermint hot chocolate is not to be missed. Throughout the year, the Nyack eatery keeps both a classic hot chocolate and a white chocolate rendition on the lineup as well.
Woodbury Common Premium Outlet, Central Valley
This chocolate maker sells numerous chocolate candies along with cups of dark hot chocolate with the option of whipped cream. Keep an eye out for seasonal specials like the peppermint hot chocolate, which is blended with fresh peppermint pieces, or the cinnamon spice version, which gets a warm zip from Aztec Spice truffles and cinnamon.
Real mallows melt in your cocoa like this. Ooey gooey melty goodness! Come in for a hot cocoa with marshmallows, or take some of our cocoa mix and mallows home to make your own! Available online and in store. ☕️🔥❤️ . . . #HVMC #beaconny #hudsonvalley #hvny #hudsonvalleyny #smores #smoresstore #marshmallows #marshmallowlove #marshmallowlovers #dessertlovers #dessertgoals #treatsplease #sweetsformysweet #localtreats #mallows #wemadethis #handmadetreats #handmadegoodies #flavoredmarshmallows #hotcocoa #smoresbar #dutchesscounty #northofnyc #hveats #hudsonvalleyeats #hudsonvalleyhappenings #hotcocoabar #hotcocoalover #hudsonvalleyliving
You know Hudson Valley Marshmallow Co. for its light-as-air, all-natural marshmallows...but did you know the brand's Beacon storefront serves stellar hot cocoa, too? It makes sense, given that hot chocolate + marshmallows go together, well, like hot chocolate + marshmallows. Pair a warm cuppa with a seasonal gingerbread 'mallow or keep it classic with a chocolate or salted caramel treat.
A local favorite for candies and truffles, the Saugerties chocolate destination also serves a stellar hot cocoa. Ask for whatever the shop has on offer and you may walk away with a loaded cuppa topped with fluffy whipped cream, handmade peppermint marshmallows, and a sprinkle of cinnamon. P.S. The drink pairs perfectly with a piece of Lucky's homemade peppermint bark.
This chocolate emporium sells a European hot drink made from its organic dark chocolate and steamed milk. “It’s seriously intense and doesn’t need whipped cream,” says Kita. Specialty: order the hot chocolate with a store-made marshmallow dipped in chocolate.
This is a sweet tooth's paradise. Not only does this shop serve homemade hot chocolate with hot fudge and steamed milk, but it also cranks out ice cream, smoothies, pastries, and handmade chocolates. Warning: You may find it very hard to leave.
A mainstay in Hudson, Verdigris is an icon among local chocolate lovers. Specialties include the Mexican hot chocolate, a spicier blend with some kick, says owner Kim Bach, and the Angelina, which tastes like melted ganache and was inspired by the Parisian shop, Angelina, where Proust and Coco Chanel are said to have rubbed shoulders with a fashion-forward clientele.