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Top Hot Chocolate Trail Destinations in North America

By Selena Wolcott

As the snow blankets the world outside, the allure of all things chocolate becomes irresistible. Hot chocolate embodies comfort on a cold day, along with nostalgic childhood memories. Whether you prefer the comforting simplicity of a traditional cocoa or the excitement of a unique and infused hot chocolate, this beloved drink can be tailored to suit every palate.  

Hot chocolate trails and chocolate trails have sprung up as a delightful way to celebrate this cherished winter indulgence. These trails lead us through picturesque towns, where each chocolate delight shares a unique story. Embark on a journey with us as we explore some of the most captivating hot chocolate trails and chocolate trails.  

Banff Hot Chocolate Trail

Nestled in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, Banff is a winter wonderland known for its stunning landscapes and outdoor activities. However, it’s not just the scenery that captivates its visitors but also the Banff Hot Chocolate Trail. Here, you can enjoy hot chocolate in some of the coziest and most picturesque settings. A few popular stops on the trail include: 

Whitebark Café 

Located in the heart of Banff, Whitebark Café serves a variety of hot chocolate flavors, including classic, white chocolate, and even a spicy Mexican-inspired option. They’re most famously known for their raspberry ripple hot chocolate. This decadent drink is dark hot chocolate with raspberry cream and then paired with a pistachio and raspberry biscotti.  

Blue Bird Restaurant and Lobby Bar 

Winter becomes a delightful experience with their seasonal offerings. The Hot Chocolate Bomb is a sweet indulgence, featuring a white chocolate sphere filled with marshmallows that you plop into your cup. If you’re looking for a taste of the tropics, the Cocoa Colada cocktail, made with coconut vodka and banana liqueur and then topped with coconut foam and flakes.  

Good Earth Coffeehouse 

In the heart of Banff, the Good Earth Coffeehouse offers a delightful winter treat: the Minty White Chocolate Caffe Mocha. This invigorating blend combines rich white chocolate, espresso, and a hint of peppermint syrup. Topped with cocoa powder and whipped cream, it’s the perfect warm indulgence to savor in Banff’s cozy ambiance. 

Book your stay at Best Western Plus Siding 29 Lodge. 

Niagara Falls Hot Chocolate Trail

Niagara Falls offers a delightful hot chocolate trail that guides you through charming towns and establishments, each with their unique twist on this beloved winter beverage. Here, we take you on a journey to some of the standout stops along the trail. 

Hershey’s Chocolate World 

Hershey’s Chocolate World is a must-visit for anyone with a sweet tooth. Here, you can sip on their popular candy cane hot chocolate. This minty and velvety hot chocolate is made from the finest Hershey’s cocoa. This hot chocolate pairs perfectly with the scenic views of Niagara Falls.  

Niagara Distillery 

For those looking for something beyond the traditional, Niagara Distillery offers a spirited twist on hot chocolate. Their inventive take combines hot cocoa with locally orange liquor, creating a unique and warming concoction. It’s a must-try for those looking to add a dash of adventure to their hot chocolate experience. 

Book your stay at Best Western Plus Cairn Croft Hotel. 

Connecticut’s Chocolate Trail

Connecticut, known for its charming New England towns, also hides a delightful secret within its borders – a chocolate trail. This indulgent journey takes you through Connecticut, introducing you to chocolatiers and confectioners who craft delectable treats and unforgettable hot chocolates. Here are three famous stops along Connecticut’s Chocolate Trail and their signature chocolate items: 

Munson’s Chocolates 

Munson’s Chocolates is a well-known name with Connecticut’s chocolate heritage. Established in 1946, this family-owned chocolatier has been crafting exquisite chocolate creations for decades. A must-try is their signature chocolate turtles, a delectable combination of creamy caramel, roasted nuts, and rich milk or dark chocolate. These turtles have become an iconic treat, loved by locals and visitors alike. 

Fascia’s Chocolates  

Fascia’s Chocolates, nestled in Waterbury, is known for its artisanal approach to chocolate-making. Their truffle collection is legendary, offering an array of flavors that range from classic dark chocolate to innovative. These velvety truffles are a testament to the skill and creativity of the chocolatiers at Fascia’s. 

Bridgewater Chocolate Factory  

Nestled in the heart of Bridgewater, Connecticut, the Bridgewater Chocolate Factory has become a cherished haven for those in search of the finest toffee. Their toffee creations capture the buttery richness and perfect crunch, all enveloped in premium chocolate. This distinguished establishment is renowned for its European-style craftsmanship.  

Book your stay at Heritage Hotel, Gold, Spa & Conference Center, BW Premier Collection. 

Rock River Chocolate Trail

In the Midwest, the Rock River Chocolate Trail runs 320 miles in Wisconsin and Illinois and is a haven for chocolate connoisseurs and those with a sweet tooth. This delightful trail invites you to explore the diverse world of chocolate through a series of towns.  

The Little Chocolatier 

This quaint establishment has earned its reputation as a haven for chocolate enthusiasts. The Little Chocolatier is known for one particular chocolate creation that stands out above the rest – their Dark Chocolate Raspberry Truffles.  


In the picturesque town of Lake Geneva, Kilwins is an iconic destination for chocolate lovers. Their Original Recipe Fudge is the star of the show, and it’s renowned for its creamy texture and rich flavor. Whether you prefer classic chocolate fudge or wish to explore different chocolate variations, Kilwins has something for everyone. 

Sugar Britches 

 Nestled in historic downtown Beloit, Sugar Britches is celebrated for its nostalgic charm and delectable confections. Their “Chocolate-Covered Bacon” is a fan favorite, offering the perfect blend of sweet and savory. The crispy bacon enrobed in smooth chocolate is a unique and addictive treat that keeps visitors coming back for more. 

Book your stay at Best Western Legacy Inn & Suites Beloit – South Beloit. 

As you embark on these hot chocolate and chocolate trails, you’ll find that each location has its unique charm and signature chocolate items, offering a delightful journey through the world of chocolate, from classic to innovative, and ensuring your winter is filled with sweet memories and delectable moments. 

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