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Where to Find the Best Chocolate in the Valley

The Valley’s chocolatiers tempt us with to-die-for bars, bonbons, hot chocolate, and other confections


Chocolate hearts from Fruition Chocolate Works and Confectionary in Shokan

We care about traditional comfort foods — a bowl of homemade chicken soup with a big matzo ball, creamy mac ’n cheese spiffed up with lobster or truffles, and robust chili with all the fixings. But bring on the chocolate, and we might just forget that the temperatures are dipping and the icicles are dangling. Yes, we’re crazy about chocolate in the Hudson Valley, and not just for Valentine’s Day. An increasing number of area chocolate makers incorporate the beans — often fair trade — or processed chocolate into all sorts of irresistible shapes, sizes, and flavors. Besides helping to say “I love you,” or perking up spirits in winter’s dark days, scientists encourage (moderate) consumption because of health benefits, including lowering cholesterol. But the best reason: It tastes divine.

Here, find our favorite local shops and cafes that dish up the best hot cocoa, mixes, and candies:

Hot Cocoa Hotspots

8 Hot Cocoa Hotspots

Hot Cocoa Mixes

3 Hot Chocolate Mixes


4 Hot Candy Stores

Did we miss any of your favorite chocolate spots? Let us know in the comments box below!


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