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Warm Up All Winter Long with this Convenient List of NEPA’s Hot Chocolate Haunts
It’s basically the equivalent of a warm, chocolatey hug from your childhood.
As the warm, comforting feelings of the holidays subside, NEPA looks ahead toward winter’s long second half. And, while there’s still plenty of winter fun to be had, the two-month stretch from mid-January through March trends cold and borderline monotonous. Eventually, in NEPA, cabin fever comes for all.
Sure, we put up a good fight by strapping on the skis and boards and shredding down the slopes. And we button up for long, soul-refreshing winter hikes at our amazing local and state parks. Some pass the time with a little downtown shopping, or treasure hunting, or classic time wasting at neighborhood cafés. Others, and I’ll admit these few are part of a rather special group, sit for hours staring into tiny holes on frozen lakes (ice fishing).
You know, now that I’ve thought it through, this part of winter isn’t all that bad. It’s the same old NEPA with all the same amazing things to do. The only difference — we’re doing them in the cold. But we do have a secret weapon. We have a reliable, sweet, creamy elixir, fueling our drive through the winter doldrums. It’s a throwback to our red-runny-nosed, chap-cheeked childhoods. It’s stripping out of our wet, snow-crusted ski pants in the toasty kitchen and a warm kiss from mom on our frostbitten foreheads.
Yeah, we’re talking about hot chocolate. And, yeah, yeah, you’re a grown-up and you drink espresso and mocha-soy lattes now. We get it. But when that late winter chill numbs your fingertips and your hand-stitched Etsy mittens just aren’t enough, sometimes all you need is to wrap your hands around a hot mug of heart-warming nostalgia.
Check out this list of NEPA’s awesome hot chocolate hot spots.
Get Your Hot Chocolate Fix:
Adezzo Coffee Shop & Lounge
Dive into a deliciously creamy combo of dark chocolate, steamed milk and super cool digs at this laid-back Bohemian café in Scranton.
Ballyhoo Ice Cream and Candy
West Pittston, PA
This nostalgic ice cream parlor and candy shop makes 14 different flavors of homemade hot chocolate. Come in all winter long to try them, including their new Banana Cream Pie flavor.
Bear Creek Café
Bear Creek Village, PA
Bypass winter hibernation at Bear Creek’s most popular café. Stop by for a quick bite and a mug of their signature hot chocolate just like mom used to make.
Black & Brass Coffee Roasting Co.
Make your way to this chill, Honesdale hangout for expertly prepared hot chocolate. Get lost in a chocolatey daydream as you watch the day unfold from the comfy corner couch.
Cocoon Coffee House
The building’s history alone is enough to inspire a visit to this cute Hawley café. The incredibly delicious hot chocolate is a pretty awesome added bonus.
Hope & Coffee
Ge to this chill Tamaqua coffee shop and grab a cup of their famous hot chocolate. This quaint coffee stop often features live music and poetry.
Kay’s Daily Grind
Covington Twp., PA
Stop in for a cup of hot chocolate, stick around for the homey atmosphere and friendly service at this neighborhood favorite in Covington Twp.
KB’s Coffee House
This family-owned favorite in Shavertown serves up classic hot chocolate and so much more in a comfy, welcoming setting.
Market Square Coffee House
Cold winter days are no match for warm, oven-fresh sweets and a steamy cup of hot chocolate at this adorable Orwigsburg coffee house.
Jim Thorpe, PA
Grab your wand and whip up a delicious hot chocolate break. This Harry Potter-inspired café in Jim Thorpe dishes out a little dose of magic in every cup.
Northern Lights Espresso Bar & Café
Between the laid-back vibe and the delicious hot chocolate, you might never leave this hip Scranton coffee hotspot. Grab a comfy seat near the window and watch the day pass you by.
Pour Coffee House
Swing by this cool coffee shop in Downtown Wilkes-Barre for winter’s most classic combination – soft, warm cookies and creamy hot chocolate.
Enjoy a classic hot chocolate at this small-town coffee shop in Tunkhannock. Pair your cocoa with a wide selection of delectable sweet treats.
Waterwheel Café, Bakery and Bar
Take in the sights at this historic, 19th century grist mill turned coffee shop in scenic Milford. And don’t forget to pair that hot chocolate with one of their signature bakery sweets.
This welcoming Scranton café delivers the best of both worlds in one cup. A single sip of their peanut butter hot chocolate makes winter but a distant memory.