Our 9 Favorite Spots to Get Hot Chocolate in New Jersey

by Will Huck
Spots to get hot chocolate in New Jersey

It’s believed that some 3,500 years ago, the ancient Olmecs of Mesoamerica began harvesting cacao beans. Generations later, their knowledge was passed along to the Maya Civilization, who revered the cacao bean, as well as its final products—cocoa beans and chocolate. In the millennia since Mesoamerican civilizations thrived in South and Central America, chocolate has remained a delicacy, in addition to the ceremonial consumption of chocolate drinks. Of course, we don’t drink cacao beverages as an offering to the gods. But we do consume hot chocolate to usher in the changing of seasons. With winter just around the corner, there’s no better way to embrace the holiday season than with an age-old tradition. And lucky for you, the Garden State has some of the best hot cocoa around. From tasty family favorites to warm winter cocktails, here are 9 spots to get hot chocolate in New Jersey.

The Asbury Park Roastery

Asbury Park, NJ

Believe it or not, wintry weather on the Jersey Shore is a beautiful experience. The familiar sights of crashing waves and collecting seashells remind you that freezing temperatures don’t last forever. That said, there’s never a moment more appropriate to enjoy a seaside hot chocolate from The Asbury Park Roastery. This holiday season, cozy up with a cup of traditional hot cocoa, peppermint hot chocolate or hot cocoa with espresso—and top it off with marshmallows or whipped cream.


Summit & Westfield, NJ

Boxwood is a coffee shop and roastery that focuses on ethically-sourced coffees, teas and more. However, in addition to a menu filled with coffee, Boxwood also makes a pretty great hot chocolate using their homemade chocolate syrup, whisked with steamed milk. It’s a rich offering and one that will leave you feeling festive and satisfied.


Montclair & Ridgewood, NJ 

Everyone loves Raymond’s, and it’s for good reason. With locations in Montclair and Ridgewood, this local favorite is revered for its french toast, pancakes and burger. Nonetheless, Raymond’s hot chocolate with marshmallow—marshmallow being the operative word in this beverage—takes the cake for best item on the menu. Prepare to revel in the gooey delight of co-owner Joanne Ricci’s homemade marshmallows when you purchase one of the best hot chocolates in New Jersey.

Turning Point

Hoboken, Princeton & More, NJ


Turning Point is a New Jersey staple with 12 locations throughout the state, as well as spots in Pennsylvania and Delaware. However, each and every one of the locations has some of the tastiest hot chocolate in New Jersey. Specializing in breakfast, brunch and lunch, this eatery offers all sorts of beverages, from “shakes & smoothies” to “heavenly hot chocolates.” Dazzle the kids with s’mores hot chocolate, layered with toasted marshmallow syrup, whipped cream and crushed graham crackers. Or take a walk down memory lane with a traditional hot chocolate topped with whipped cream.

The Chocolate Bar

Westfield, NJ

With a name like “The Chocolate Bar,” it’s no wonder the hot cocoa is so wonderful. This Westfield spot specializes in handmade chocolates, creamy gelato and a menu of specialty drinks. The recipe is simple: combining milk and warm chocolate directly from the vats used to make their handmade candies. It’s a literal “hot chocolate.” What’s not to like?

The Bent Spoon 

Princeton, NJ 

The Bent Spoon may be an artisanal ice cream shop, but it’s also one of the best spots to get hot chocolate in New Jersey. Order the classic hot chocolate, made with 61% fair trade chocolate, for a rich and creamy texture. The Bent Spoon team’s “Euro-style” hot chocolate is easily one of the best in Jersey. If you’re feeling brave, give the habanero hot chocolate a whirl. 

Hatch 44

Metuchen and Bradley Beach, NJ

Hatch 44 is a breakfast, brunch and lunch hot spot that specializes in their elevated classics, many with a touch of Latin flavors. Though many might (rightfully) go for the churro waffles and birria grilled cheese, the drinks can hang too! Hatch 44 has dozens of hand-crafted drinks, including a Winter menu rife with cozy offerings. Try the Nordic hot cocoa, a cardamom-spiked take on the winter classic.

Bluestone Lane 

Hoboken, Jersey City and Princeton, NJ 

This Australian-inspired cafe has three New Jersey locations, with the Princeton store opening last month. The fun spot aims to encapsulate Australia’s vibrant cafe culture with its tasty bites and delicious beverages. Like most craft coffee shops, Bluestone makes a delicious hot chocolate. Rich cocoa is spun with steamed milk, providing a frothy and addicting texture.


Collingswood, NJ 

Just east of Philly in the township of Collingswood, NJ is Grooveground Coffee Bar (which also doubles as a hot chocolate bar). Here, variety is everything, with “seven flavors of pure happiness” to appease your taste buds. Which one will you choose: Raspberry Cheesecake, Chestnut Praline, Peppermint Bark, Salted Caramel, Peanut Butter Cup, Mexican or S’more?

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A product of North Jersey, Will is an aspiring writer who enjoys music, comedy and fast food.

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janet grote November 14, 2021 - 5:34 pm

The Delish hot chocolate from The Chocolate Bar in Westfield and Little Silver NJ is very high quality.

Carol Shimer-Young December 15, 2023 - 8:02 pm

Love your concept! Wondering what happened to southern New Jersey (Ocean, Atlantic, & Cape May counties).


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