For the Love of Chocolate

With all the chocolate that’s been consumed this week, I thought it’d be appropriate to share a fun NYC activity based entirely around chocolate. My lifelong friend, Karen, and I spent last Sunday afternoon/evening chocolate touring the Meatpacking District, West Village, Greenwich Village, and SoHo, thanks to a sweet Christmas gift from my sister! The tour included 7 stops at some of New York City’s finest confectioneries, with chocolate samples of all varieties: hot chocolate, truffles, cookies, cupcakes, cannolis, etc. If ever you find yourself wanting some of the best chocolate sweets in New York, try one of these places!

1. Jacques Torres’ Wicked Hot Chocolate in Chelsea Market (Meatpacking District)
This thick, flavorful hot chocolate features allspice, cinnamon, ground ancho chili peppers, and smoked, ground chipotle chili peppers. A must-try!

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IMG_4023[1] 2. Li-Lac Chocolates in Greenwich Village
Li-Lac Chocolates is Manhattan’s oldest chocolate house – a Greenwich Village icon since 1923. All the signature recipes used today were created by Li-Lac’s founder, George Demetrious, in the 1920s. His recipes, production methods, and chocolate-loving spirit have been passed down through four generations.

IMG_4027[1] 3. Chocolate Bar in the West Village
While Chocolate Bar’s signature items include house baked classic and spicy brownies, peanut butter & jelly truffles, spicy hot chocolate and salty pretzel half pint bar, I loved this sample of sea salt dark – even though I’m not even a huge fan of dark chocolate!
IMG_4031[1] IMG_4032[1] 4. Magnolia Bakery in the West Village
This well-known and well-loved NYC bakery was brought to fame in an episode of Sex and the City when Carrie took a huge bite from her cupcake. Since then, they have been “New York’s cupcakes.” Check out this YouTube clip from the episode where Carrie and Miranda sat outside Magnolia Bakery eating their cupcakes (sorry it’s not in English!)
IMG_4034[1] 5. Milk and Cookies in Greenwich Village
This tiny bakery nestled next to Aaron Burr’s former home is cozy and quiet. You can also smell the cookies from down the street! We had double chocolate cookies next to a fireplace here.
IMG_4037[1] IMG_4038[1] 6. Pasticceria Bruno in Greenwich Village
These cannolis won the Cannoli Throwdown with Bobby Flay, making them the best cannolis in NYC! However, all of their sweet treats were works of art and looked incredible!IMG_4039[1] IMG_4040[1] IMG_4041[1] 7. Vosges Haut Chocolat in SoHo
Here we topped off our chocolate tour with samples of milk chocolate with almonds from this swanky chocolate ship in the heart of SoHo.
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What a fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon! But now for what you really want to know – which one was best?! It’s so hard to decide when the chocolate came in so many delicious forms. But for cold winter day, Jacques Torres’ hot chocolate had me sold with its unique and unexpected taste. I also loved the sea salt dark from Chocolate Bar – and that says a lot coming from a girl who doesn’t didn’t like dark chocolate!

Where would you head first?

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