Hot chocolate goes well with just about anything, from a crackling fire to a hand-in-hand stroll through a winter wonderland. But who makes the best hot chocolate? Use our guide to find the top places in York, Pennsylvania, to get a warm cup of cocoa.

Belmont Bean Co.


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Belmont Bean Co. is the place for wicked good coffee — and hot chocolate. Get warm or frozen hot chocolate in sizes ranging from junior to large. Stir in your choice of milk, too, such as whole, almond, soy, and even half and half. Finally, don’t forget to add one of the delicious drizzles available, including caramel, white chocolate, honey, pumpkin, maple, and peanut butter. Ask for a sugar-free variety if you like. Finish it with a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

One of the best things about Belmont Bean Co. is its flavor shots. You can add one to any of its hot or cold beverages. Fruity flavors include apple and blackberry. You can also get a shot of seasonal favorites, such as buttered rum, frosted mint, and toasted marshmallow. They even host cars and coffee, painting parties, and other extraordinary events that pair well with a mug of hot chocolate.

  • Location: 18 S. Belmont St., York.

  • Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.

i-ron-ic Art Boutique & Coffee House

If you’re looking for a new experience in the heart of York’s WeCo District, head to i-ron-ic Art Boutique & Coffee House. It’s home to some of the best hot chocolate and so much more. Stop by for beverages, breakfast, lunch, or dessert — and don’t forget to check out the art in the boutique gallery. Have a seat on the charming floral sectional in the lounge area and get out a board game. Whether you’re into Chinese Checkers, Yahtzee, or Monopoly, they all go great with a scrumptious mug of cocoa.

You’ll find drinks, soups, salads, sandwiches, and other tasty treats at this cozy shop. Our favorite breakfast sandwich is the Greek, which features eggs, feta cheese, onions, tomatoes, spinach, and a splash of Greek dressing, all piled high on flatbread. Stick around for lunch and get a panini or salad to satisfy anyone’s hunger. Then, take your meal to this eclectically artsy cafe’s fantastic patio with the colorful backdrop of fall foliage.

  • Location: 256 W. Philadelphia St., York.

  • Hours: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday.

Prince Street Cafe

Our next pick, the Prince Street Cafe, is right downtown. In addition to a long list of hand-selected coffees, you’ll find our favorite beverage: hot chocolate. We recommend you get a large size with a squirt of honey lavender. It’s just 50 cents more, and the addition creates something magical in your cup. If you know a chocoholic with a special occasion coming up, get them a gift card online or in-store and let them know you’re thinking of them.

The talented cooks at this cafe specialize in handcrafted espresso drinks, all-day breakfast plates, homemade soups, hearty sandwiches, and an assortment of delicious desserts. From farmer to roaster to your cup, you’ll enjoy the flavor only quality beans can provide. In addition, Prince Street Cafe features a spacious dining area and a conference room if you want to combine hot chocolate and a casual business meeting.

  • Location: 2 W. Market St., York.

  • Hours: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

Round-the-Clock Diner

Round the Clock Diner is another place to find hot chocolate in York. Its version comes with whipped cream, which is less than $3. Add it to your breakfast order and make it a meal. Browse this old-school diner’s list of daily specials for something tantalizing, such as a short stack of pancakes with your choice of bacon, ham, sausage, or classic Dutch scrapple. It tastes just like the pannhaas grandma used to make.

In addition to holding a top spot of the best restaurant in town, another reason Round the Clock Diner made our list is that it’s open 24 hours. That means you can satisfy your craving for hot chocolate anytime it strikes. It even offers two locations in York, so it’s always conveniently located wherever you are in the city. So, remember to stop by between 4 a.m. and 11 a.m. to cash in on breakfast with your hot chocolate.

  • Locations: 222 Arsenal Road, York; 145 Memory Lane, York.

  • Hours: Open 24 hours a day.

On My Grind Coffee

On My Grind Coffee (OMG) is the place to go for hot chocolate and other beverages that warm you up from the inside out. This York-based mobile coffee truck is the only one in the area. You can’t miss this lime green box truck, no matter where it’s parked — and why would you? The crew inside has some of the best hot chocolate gracing your tongue.

In addition to cocoa, OMG offers a variety of hot and iced specialty espresso drinks, all-natural and dairy-free smoothies, and tea. All its organically grown and Fair Trade Certified beans are locally roasted to ensure maximum freshness. This technique produces superior flavor you can taste.

OMG provides quality beverages at a fair price and works to improve our community by donating a percentage of its proceeds to local nonprofits. So, whether you’re hosting a fundraiser or want your beverage budget to do some good near home, stop in and chat with the owners for more information. Go online for hours and locations, or meet the team at the Small Business Saturday event on Nov. 26, 2022, at the Miller Plant Farm from 9 a.m. to noon.

Well, there you go. Your Auto Source scoured the city of York for the best places to get hot chocolate. While it was a daunting task with little reward, we did the work just for you. So, let us know if we missed your favorite place to find this decadent beverage so we can add it to our list. Other local chocolate lovers want to know. So, drop us a line right now and share your secret spots.


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