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Warm Up the NEPA Way

Warm your soul one cup at a time.

Forget the Forecasts, We Know it’s Cold Out There.


Fight the frostbite with that all too famous NEPA winter elixir- hot chocolate!

One of the best things about NEPA winters (besides Netflix) is coming in from the cold and warming up with a cup of hot chocolate.

No other drink so effectively awakens our inner child quite like cocoa. This creamy, chocolatey concoction thawed our icy, red cheeks, and warmed our hearts. It was the best part of those random, middle of the week snow days. It was also the only reliable defense against inevitably frozen fingers and toes.

Warm up this winter with a sweet mug of good old nostalgia. Whether you’ve spent the day on the slopes or the snowy trails, there is a local café standing by with delicious hot chocolate – just like mom used to make.

Get Your Hot Chocolate Fix:

  • Zummo's

    There is no better combination than chocolate and peanut butter, especially when it’s cold outside. Stop by this cool Scranton cafe for a cup of peanut butter hot chocolate to shake the February chill.

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  • Kay's Daily Grind

    Stop in for a cup of cocoa, stick around for the homey atmosphere and friendly service at this Covington Twp. favorite. At Kay’s it’s more than just the hot chocolate that warms your soul.

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  • Northern Lights Espresso Bar & Cafe

    Between the laid-back vibe and the delicious hot chocolate, you might never leave this hip Scranton favorite.

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  • Pressed Coffee & Books

    Cozy up with a book and a cup of cocoa and read the winter blues away. This Pottsville café also features a used book shop.

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  • Alice's Pantry and Coffee House

    Top off a day of shopping and sightseeing in Jim Thorpe with a cup of Alice’s creamy hot chocolate.

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  • Sweet Creams Café

    This Stroudsburg favorite mixes their hot chocolate with vanilla ice cream to battle the chill with a splash of summer.

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  • Bear Creek Café

    Bypass the winter hibernation and stop by this popular Bear Creek restaurant for their signature, “just like mom used to make” hot chocolate.

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  • Adezzo Coffee Shop & Lounge

    This Scranton hotspot has just the thing to brighten your chilly winter day — a silky, delicious hot chocolate made with dark chocolate and steamed milk.

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  • Pour Coffee House

    Take a break from downtown shopping, shake off the cold and enjoy a delicious hot chocolate at this hip Wilkes-Barre cafe.

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  • Muggles Mug

    There’s no spell keeping you from indulging in more than one cup of cocoa at this popular Jim Thorpe cafe. Although your house elf might get a little jealous if you don’t offer him one first.

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Ditched the Sweet Tooth?


Trade that cup of hot chocolate for a savory bowl of soup.

Nothing brings the blood back to your fingertips on a chilly day quite like a hot bowl of soup. Whether you crave a creamy chowder, a velvety bisque or classic chicken noodle, NEPA has some unbeatable soup joints.

The cold doesn’t keep us down. All winter long, we’re still carving up the ice, and hitting local shops. At this point, we know spring is on its way. So, we shovel the sidewalks and scrape the windshield with a slight smile. But we still need that little pick-me-up when those late February days rattle our bones.

Whatever it is that motivates you to get outside, reward yourself with something rich and savory to stave the chill. Thaw those icy cheeks and take the red out of those noses with a delicious, hot bowl of soup.

Soul Nourishing Soup Joints:

  • Zuppa Del Giorno

    You don’t have to settle for just one delicious soup of the day at this Scranton staple. Try up to four different soups from the experts and discover your new snow day favorite.

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  • Mansour's Market Café and Eatery

    Chili’s a soup, right? Even if it’s not, you’ll still want to get a bowl from this popular Scranton eatery. If not, you can’t beat the signature cheese tortellini with spinach soup, a daily favorite.

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  • The Mustard Seed Café

    Locally sourced never tasted so good. NEPA farmers provide most of the delicious soup ingredients at this Waymart farm-to-table favorite.

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  • eden-a vegan café

    Electrify your taste buds with this Scranton café’s weekly rotation of soups.

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  • Ruby's Kitchen & Catering

    This Pottsville favorite serves up a rotating menu of delicious, homemade soups daily. Although they always seem to have chili, there’s probably a good reason for that.

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  • M&M Sandwich Shop

    Warm the soul at this popular Ashland soup spot. Check back for the Homemade Chicken Pot Pie Soup. Trust us, you’ll be glad you did.

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  • Circles on the Square

    Their daily rotation of soups always features one vegetarian option. That and the convenient location make it hard to stomp on by this legendary Wilkes-Barre lunch spot.

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  • Red Lion Café

    Soup sells at this popular Pine Grove cafe. Beat back the bone numbing chill of winter with one of their signature, homemade creations.

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  • The Soup Chic

    If anyone knows soup it’s the Soup Chic. Hit up their stand at the Scranton Public Market for a hot bowl of soup. You can also stop by their Chic Chic Market Place in Forty Fort for delicious take home soups.

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