WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. ----One good thing about winter: it's a perfect excuse to indulge in rich, creamy hot chocolate.
Sip the cold away at the following Westchester County cafes in honor of National Hot Chocolate Day on Sunday, Jan. 31. Feel free to add your own favorites. After all, it's no fun indulging alone!
Chappaqua: sherry b dessert studio offers a luxe Hot Blocolate, a blend of Belgian chocolate, cocoa and confectioner’s sugar on a stick. Stir into freshly steamed milk to make hot chocolate or into coffee for mocha. Up the ante with housemade vanilla, bourbon and dark rum marshmallows and fresh whipped cream for a true treat. Grab a Spoon: 65 King St., (914) 238-8300, www.sherryb.com/ .
Katonah: At both Little Joe's and Katonah Reading Room you'l find Ghirardelli hot chocolate made from a variety of milks, including almond or soy. Top it off with whipped cream or a chocolate or caramel drizzle . And, since hot chocolate isn't just for kids, there are adult versions as well including hot chocolate with espresso, mocha latte, and a cocoa caramel latte. Grab a Spoon : 26 Katonah Ave., (914) 232-7278, www.joescb.com/ .
Larchmont: You have your choice of white or traditional hot chocolate (complete with a turret of whipped cream) at A Proper Cup at Voracious Reader where afterwards, you can go book browsing. Grab a Spoon: 1997 Palmer Ave., (914) 630-4581, www.thevoraciousreader.com/ .
Also in town, Cocoa which offers a European-style winter warmer made with Belgian dark chocolate and a touch of whole milk and whipped cream. Homemade marshmallows are optional but worth going for. Grab a Spoon: 2107 Boston Post Rd., (914) 834-6464, www.cocoachocolateshop.com/ .
Mamaroneck: With chocolate in its name, you know the hot chocolate at Chocolations has got to be good. Owner Maria Valente uses high quality grade chocolate along with what she calls, her secret ingredient of love. Grab a Spoon: 607 East Boston Post Rd., (914) 777-3600, www.chocolations.com/ .
Rye : Expect a creamy, decadent European-style cocoa at Blue Tulip Chocolate featuring a blend of French and Belgian chocolates. Grab a Spoon: 137 Purchase St, (914) 481-4840, www.bluetulipchocolates.com/ .
Scarsdale and Rye: One sip of the dark and mercilessly rich hot chocolate at Patisserie Salzburg and you'll swear you've just sipped perfection in a cup. Grab a Spoon : 1 Christie Place, Scarsdale, (914) 472-8300 and at 77 Purchase St., Rye, (914) 921-4458, www.patisseriesalzburg.com/ .
Tarrytown: Drinks are taken seriously at Coffee Labs Roasters , and the hot chocolate is no different. Find a seat and relish in the combination of chocolate syrup and milk created just for you. Grab a Spoon: 7 Main St. (914) 332-1479, www.coffeelabs.com/ .
White Plains: Pastry Chef Tracy Assue, City Limit's dessert queen, is known for her coveted Valrhona Hot Chocolate, a combination of heavy cream, milk, sugar, Valrhona chocolate, a cinnamon stick, and vanilla bean... just the thing to warm you up on a winter's day. Grab a Spoon: 200 Central Ave., (914) 686-9000, www.citylimitsdiner.com/ .
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