Hot Chocolate Bliss
Local places that take this wonderful and warming drink to a new level
Cold weather brings hot chocolate — milk or dark, thick enough to eat with a spoon. Most local coffee shops will make a steamed-milk hot cocoa, but this is something else.
Craig Bero, owner and chef at Pleasant and Main in Housatonic, sips a brew he has just melted over a wood stove. His family is Belgian, and he learned this recipe in the mountains in Corsica. He grinds his own cocoa and whisks in crème fraîche, heavy cream, chocolate and vanilla.
On Route 9 near Notchview, the Old Creamery Co-op in Cummington has made its French hot chocolate in frosty weather for years, says head baker Peri Kelly. They melt Callebaut Belgian chocolate into local milk from High Lawn or Maple Line farms and top it with real whipped cream.
Chocolate Springs Café, 55 Pittsfield Rd., Lenox, chocolatesprings.com
Old Creamery Co-op, 445 Berkshire Trl., Cummington, oldcreamery.coop
Pleasant and Main, 1063 Main St., Housatonic, pleasantandmain.com
Rubi’s, 264 Main St., Great Barrington, rubiners.com/rubis