Warm up with the best creamy drinks in town

There is no better time for warm, chocolaty delights than right now. The chill of winter in the mountains may send shivers down our spine, but so will the best hot cocoa in Aspen. Pack your family or friends in the car and head out to get your hands on something sweet. ‘Tis the season!


Paradise Bakery & Cafe

It’s been called the best hot cocoa in town, and not without reason. Roughly 250,000 to 300,000 customers visit Paradise Bakery & Cafe annually, and locals call it “Paradise Corner” due to its gathering nature and communal spirit. At this little slice of Colorado paradise, you’ll find the creamiest hot cocoa and a full-service espresso bar. A three-minute walk from Aspen Mountain Ski Resort, it’s the perfect midday treat. If you’re looking for a sweet treat to pair with your hot chocolate, try their famous cookies that are always freshly baked and creatively displayed. You can smell the baked goodness from all the way down the block, and it will keep you coming back for more.  

Location: 320 S Galena St, Aspen, CO 81611


The Little Nell

There are local favorites, and then there are national favorites. The Little Nell’s hot cocoa has been hailed by Travel + Leisure as “America’s Best Hot Chocolate” and by Buzzfeed as “Best Hot Chocolate Ever.” It’s so good, they’ve been rumored to make upwards of 150 a day. The memorable signature drink at this charming resort and ski destination is made with Valrhona’s single origin chocolate, Cacao Barry chocolate ganache, and whole milk, and is topped off with whipped cream, a pastry, and a marshmallow. Whether you’re coming down from the slopes or stopping in on an especially frosty day, it’s the perfect way to warm up. Can’t make it out? No worries. The restaurant was generous enough to share the recipe for you to make it at home. 

Location: 675 E Durant Ave, Aspen, CO 81611


Hotel Jerome

When it comes to hot chocolate, there’s something for everybody. If you’re vegan or a fan of drinks with a kick, this might be the spot for you. Over at Hotel Jerome, in their cozy, rustic dining room, try the vegan Mexican hot chocolate. The delicious steamy beverage is crafted with almond milk, cinnamon, and almond spice. If you’re out and about, this stop may be the perfect end to the evening. 


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