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Melt Away the Aspen Chill with These Must-Try Hot Chocolate Shops

By Brooke Danielson | February 26, 2021 | Food & Drink Eat

Hot chocolate at The Little Nell PHOTO: COURTESY OF THE LITTLE NELL
Hot chocolate at The Little Nell.

There’s nothing quite like a decadent cup of hot cocoa after you’ve hit the slopes or shopped all around town on a cold winter day. Most can find hot chocolate at any dining establishment, but we’re giving you the scoop on the cups of cocoa you’ll forever dream about.

The Little Nell
Situated at the base of Aspen Mountain, this legendary hotel offers a cocoa that will make your mouth water. Savor this beverage in the living room by the roaring fireplace or outside by the fire pit. The concoction includes 80% dark chocolate, Valrhona Dutch cocoa powder, a little salt and sugar and two cups of half-and-half. 675 E. Durant Ave., 970.920.4600,

Creative concoctions await in Aspen. BY KLARA AVSENIK
Creative concoctions await in Aspen.

Jour De Fête
This local mom-and-pop shop pours some of the best to-go options in Aspen. The hot chocolate is divine and makes for the perfect beverage for preski warmups. Jour De Fete’s outdoor seating is ideal, complete with a fire pit where you can kick up your ski boots and take in the crisp morning air. The perk? You can sip your hot cocoa or take it to go—it’s a mere five-minute stroll to the gondola. 710 E. Durant Ave., 970.925.5055,

Hotel Jerome
Another classic place to stay or visit, the Hotel Jerome, Auberge Resorts Collection, is a must-visit not only for the ambiance but for its hot chocolate. The property’s coconut hot cocoa is sinfully delish and warms guests throughout the afternoon or evening. Topped with whipped cream, you can enjoy this cup of cocoa by the fireplace in the venue’s chic Living Room bar. 330 E. Main St., 970.429.5028,


Photography by: From top to bottom, Courtesy of The Little Nell; Klara Avsenik.