Warm up and satisfy your sweet tooth with these gourmet hot cocoas—some of the best we’ve found in Fairfield and Westchester counties. They’re the perfect way to celebrate National Hot Chocolate Day on January 31.
Tarry Market, Port Chester, NY
This high-end market and Italian eatery uses steamed milk and Venchi cocoa powder, imported from Piedmont, Italy. Venchi has been making gourmet chocolates since 1878.
Neat Coffee, Darien, CT
This artisan coffee bar makes their hot chocolate using housemade chocolate syrup (ingredients include raw sugar and a touch of seal salt) and Farmer’s Cow milk (a Connecticut product). Topping choices are homemade whipped cream or an oversized marshmallow from Dough & Co. (a Weston, CT-based company).
Cocoa, Larchmont, NY
Owner Angela Ingrao combines rich Belgian dark chocolate with fresh whipped cream and housemade marshmallows that have made this chocolate shop a local favorite since it opened in 2002.
LeRouge Handmade Chocolates & Cakes by Aarti, Westport, CT
This gourmet chocolate shop is known for their beautiful handmade confectionaries. It also has a wide variety of innovative hot cocoa flavors, including Saffron Pistachio white hot chocolate and Matcha green tea white hot chocolate.
Granola Bar in Westport, Stamford, and Greenwich, CT, and Armonk and Rye, NY
If you prefer your chocolate drinks cold all year round, try the Frozen Hot Chocolate at Granola Bar—finished with whipped cream, mini marshmallows and chocolate sauce.
Photo by (Granola Bar) Morgan Ione