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13 Awesome Places to Get Hot Chocolate & Cider in WNY

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Written by Nora Hassan

Published on November 19, 2022
Photo Courtesy of Overwinter Coffee

‘Tis the season, that is, the *seasonal drink season*. Among holiday adventures, we always love to stop for a seasonal sip. Although these drinks are not caffeinated or part of your daily rituals, they are still worthy of a stop. We often overlook our local shops for convenience and ease, but luckily you can have a little more fun with these specialty drinks.

Whether you’re maxed out on your pumpkin spice latte’s or just looking for a “you earned it” treat, you can’t go wrong with a good seasonal drink. These places are serving up some of the best hot chocolate and cider that we could find in Western New York.

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1. Mayer Bros’ Cider Mill

1540 Seneca Creek Rd, West Seneca, NY / More Info

Oh, a classic. We all know about this one, but you can never appreciate it enough. Mayer Bros. serves up apple cider iced, hot, and in slushie form to accompany their apple cider flavored donuts. It’s a full must and also an apple-filled experience.

2. Em Tea Coffee Cup Cafe

80 Oakgrove Ave, Buffalo, NY 14208 / More Info

This on-the-corner favorite in Hamlin Park has amazing homemade meals and drinks. Check out their White Hot Chocolate AND Apple Cider offerings for a cozy neighborhood sip this season.

3. Overwinter Coffee

  • 814 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222 / More Info
  • 9 Genesee St, Buffalo, NY 14203 / More Info
  • 5548 Main St, Williamsville, NY 14221 / More Info

A go-to for your latte, americano, and even apple cider. Overwinter has great options for both hot chocolate and hot apple cider. P.S. try their chaider for all the seasonal spices you could want in a drink!

4. Smith’s Orchard Cider Mill

4960 Mapleton Rd, Lockport, NY / More Info

There’s another cider mill in town (quite a few actually), and this one in Lockport is another great option for fresh cider, cider slushies and some apple picking fun.

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5. SPoT Coffee

Multiple locations / More Info

Not only is their hot chocolate slightly legendary, but this season they already have a ton of seasonal drinks to choose from including cider, white chocolate, and pumpkin inspired drinks.

6. Betty’s Buffalo

 370 Virginia St, Buffalo, NY 14201 / More Info

This is such a hidden gem! They are elevating brunch with spiked apple ciders and other seasonal drinks. Betty’s gives you a bit of a diner vibe with incredible dishes and amazing gluten-free and vegan options as well.

7. Remedy House

429 Rhode Island St, Buffalo, NY 14213 / More Info

Hot chocolate and seasonal drink choices galore is what you’ll find at Remedy House. This spot also has a gorgeous interior and a perfect setting for you to sip and enjoy.

8. Cherry Bank Cider Mill

5140 Townline Rd, Sanborn, NY 14132 / More Info

Cherry Bank Cider Mill has been making fresh, sweet cider since 1944 so they know a thing or two about creating a perfect cider for a cold day.

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9. Becker Farms

3724 Quaker Rd, Gasport, NY 14067 / More Info

If you find yourself out apple picking at Becker Farms, add a hot or cold apple cider to the mix for that extra fall touch.

10. Platter’s Chocolate

908 Niagara Falls Blvd, North Tonawanda, NY 14120 / More Info

At Platter’s Chocolate, you’ll find various types of hot chocolate offered from milk and dark chocolate to orange and white chocolate. Top it off with whipped cream and chocolate shavings for the full package. During the holiday season they also offer a specialty cider.

11. Red Barrel Cider Mill

8978 Boston State Rd, Boston, NY 14025 / More Info

For the Southtowners, this is for you. Red Barrel Cider Mill is known to have fresh, sweet cider as well as other seasonal items in their shop.

12. Goodrich Coffee & Tea

9450 Main St, Clarence, NY 14031 / More Info

Yes, it’s a coffee & tea shop but that doesn’t mean hot chocolate is not on the menu! Grab a hot chocolate this season and stay tuned on their facebook for other fall specials.

13. Rosie’s

431 Main Street East Aurora NY 14052 / More Info

Rosie’s is typically known for their handcrafted ice cream but come the colder months, hot chocolate also makes an appearance on the menu!

Did we miss one? Did one of these places close? Send us a note!

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This post was originally published in 2020 and has been updated.

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Written by <a href="https://stepoutbuffalo.com/author/norah/" target="_self">Nora Hassan</a>

Written by Nora Hassan

Nora is studying Marketing and Fashion Business at Canisius College and FIT. She's really into local art and murals and always love to try new things!
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