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Hudson Chocolate Bar

Map135 Warren Street
Hudson, NY 12534
518-821-1274
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  • Food & Drink
  • Way to Consume Chocolate

Description

As their Web site puts it, “Chocolate is the wine of the 21st century,” and this shop/café, owned by Kim Bach, offers plenty to imbibe. The storefront resembles chocolate shops of old, and a snug back room with seating for 15 has a distinct coffeehouse feel. The store has a dizzying variety of liquid chocolates, espresso beverages, and tea (yes, Virginia, there is a chocolate tea: hot or iced, brewed with black tea from Hudson-based Verdigris Tea Shop — also owned by Bach — and infused with chocolate chips and natural chocolate flavor). “All the chocolates we use and sell are local or regional,” Bach says. Choco drinks range from traditional classic hot chocolate to butterscotch white hot chocolate. There’s even stone-ground Mexican hot chocolate with chili pepper (we’re talking truly “hot”). They also feature “Angelina on the Hudson” — a sumptuous hot chocolate made in the style of Angelina, a legendary teahouse restaurant in Paris. Or if you’re in the mood for a big chill, try an iced mocha chai latte, or a Chunky Monkey — a smoothie made with fresh-frozen banana, espresso, chocolate, milk, and ice. For the best of both worlds, try frozen hot chocolate, a smoothie blended from chocolate ganache, ice, and milk. Sample the yummy pastries (also from the Verdigris Tea Café); desserts range from chocolate drizzled brownies to triple chocolate cupcakes. They also offer special tasting events, weekend chocolate pairings (with wine, beer, or spices), and cooking classes that feature — but are not limited to — dishes containing chocolate. No matter what, don’t forget to pick up some sublime chocolate bars “imported” from regional purveyors from Albany to Brooklyn — they’ll tide you over until your next visit. The store is open Friday-Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; drinks cost around $5.

Best of Hudson Valley History

2012 Editors' Pick — Best Way to Consume Chocolate

Additional Information

Best of Hudson Valley Winners: 2012
County: Columbia
Pick: Editors' Picks

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