A Chocolate Lover’s Guide to Woodstock, NY

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Remember now,  Woodstock is a small town.  It’s  the most famous little town in America with  probably no more than 10,000 residents and over half of them are here on weekends and holidays only.

Woodstock knows how to do chocolate – this small town in Upstate New York.  And, why not?  Chocolate is, after all, extremely nutritious.  It contains antioxident flavinoids  which help ward off high cholesterol,  elevated blood pressure, strokes, and heart attacks.

Something everyone in Woodstock knows:   no one should go not even 1 day without eating chocolate.  That’s why it’s   sold all over town.

We begin our tour at Nana’s Creative Cafe, located near the intersection of 212 and 375 – right as you enter town.  Nana’s is in the same complex with Venus Adorned, EvolveD, Ed Dempsey Tattoos, and Fringe.

While Nana’s has no candy bars, it does have a bakery specializing in 10 different  desserts on any given day.  This is a chocolate lover’s dream come true.  The choice is difficult here:

gluten free chocolate dipped macaroons

brownies

white chocolate tarts

flourless chocolate macadamia nut cookies

gluten free chocolate cookies

chocolate chip cookies

chocolate filled sandwich cookies

oatmeal peanut chocolate chip cookies

flourless chocolate walnut cookies

chocolate cupcake with coconut cream cheese frosting

chocolate hostess cake.

There are other cakes and cookies without chocolate also.  You get the picture here.  Nana’s is a real sin palace.

Cross  the street and walk into the Sunflower.  There you’ll find a good supply of chocolate bars…enough to satisfy any need:

Chocolove

Oliver Kita

Organic Necks

Coco Polo

Not Your Sugar Mamas

Lucky’s

Amy’s

Organic Andy Dandy Candy Bars

Endangered Species

Green & Black’s

Alter Eco.

You’ll also find chocolate ice cream, chocolate chip cookies, and anything else organic and chocolate you can think of here.

Moving back across the street to the CVS, you’ll find a complete selection of chocolates.  For starters,  Hershey’s Candy Bars are on sale:  12 bars for $7.00.  That actually sums it all up.  If Hershey’s Candy Bars don’t work for you, CVS sells many other less expensive chocolates to include, for example,

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

M&Ms

Kwix.

If you want to bring  a gift to a friend, CVS has gift boxes of

Whitman’s

Lindt

Ghiradelli

Russell Stover.

Chocolates are so important at the CVS that they have their own aisle.  And, truth be told, chocolate bars, and chocolate candies take up as much shelf space as shampoos.  Over in the grocery section of the store, CVS has displays of chocolate covered raisins, cranberries, almonds, etc.

Back across the street again, the Cumberland has its own chocolate candy aisle also.  It’s much smaller than the CVS but the Cumberland store is also much smaller than the CVS.  Inch for inch, the Cumberland is a great supporter of garden variety chocolate candy.

Up the street to Woodstock Meats, you’ll find a small selection of chocolate candy bars:

Hershey’s

M&Ms

They’re more into meat than chocolate.  However, the people at Woodstock Meats know that sometimes when a customer is waiting for a sandwich or a few pork chops, life is easier with a chocolate bar to ease stress of the wait.

Next on the tour is Catskill Mountain Pizza which has not one candy bar.  But, if it counts for anything, the cafe sports a brand new gelato bar.  It’s most popular flavor is  chocolate.

Next up the street is Maria’s Bazaar, an important eating establishment and tradition in Woodstock.  Maria’s is a  watering hole for many famous locals who come  to meet and socialize without anyone being the wiser.  Not even 1 chocolate bar can be found at Maria’s.  Don’t be put off by this.  Her restaurant is famous for its chocolate cupcakes, fudge, and cookies.  One cookie, her chocolate thumbprint, stands out among the assortment as a chocoholic’s dream come true.

Back across the street again, Bread Alone offers a small selection of Fruition bars in addition to their staples of chocolate cakes, tarts, croissants, and muffins.

Moving along  the street about a block is an entire Chocolate Candy Bar store operated by Fruition.  In this lovely establishment  you can find over a dozen different varieties of Fruition bars.  In addition, they have a section of the store devoted to  Curated Craft Collection Chocolates.  These chocolate bars are very special.  You probably won’t see the Curated Craft Collection anywhere else.

About 5 stores farther along  the street,  the Woodstock Emporium sells much chocolate.  Like Maria’s  there isn’t a chocolate bar in the place,  but there are 4 different flavors of fudge and a generous display of gigantic peanut butter cups.

Go along 2 more storefronts and you’ll come to Taco Juan’s.  Again, no candy bars.  But, Taco Juan has a perfectly legitimate excuse.  Taco Juan sells Jane’s Ice Cream which definitely comes in chocolate.  In the summer, crowds form on the sidewalk out front getting their chocolate fix.

Just beyond the bridge, cross back over to Peace Love and Cupcakes where you’ll find special chocolate cupcakes with a very Woodstock flair. They have other flavors, too but the chocolate ones are always popular.  Four of the most popular chocolate cupcakes include:

Jimi Hendrix

Richie Havens

Blood, Sweat, and Tears

Janis Joplin

Back across the street next to the liquor store is a new delicatessen, Provisions.  Again, there are  no candy bars but there are house made, sinfully delicious chocolate cakes and cookies.  The choice is difficult here in this new establishment open only a few months.

One block farther up the street is  Village Apothecary which, though smaller than the other pharmacies carries its share of upscale chocolate bars:

Earth Circle Organics

Lake Champlain Chocolates

Organic Nectars

This may not be the largest selection of chocolate in town but the quality is superb.  That’s how Village Apothecary works.

Moving up the road toward Bearsville, Upstate Films opens daily with excellent movies and the usual picture show snacks…with a twist.  The popcorn is made on the premises and, among the movie theater candies is a nice selection of Lucky’s chocolates.  You can now go to the movies or the Sunday morning Jam in Woodstock confident in the knowledge that, if you have a sudden yen for chocolate, you won’t go wrong with Lucky’s.

Right at the entrance of  Bearsville  lies  the Cub Market.  This tiny island of perfection sells only the best of anything it offers.  Produce, cleaning products, baked goods, breads.  Whatever it is, it’s the best available.  You can buy with confidence at the Cub Market.  Does the Cub Market offer chocolate bars?  Of Course!  Here, you will find:

Oliver Kita

Coco Polo

Green & Black’s.

Theo

Madecasse.

The Cub Market also has a bakery department with mouth watering cakes.

There’s got to be a moral to this story somewhere.  And, here’s my take on it.  Woodstockers love the good life.  They love good food, good  music, good books,  anything that is special.  That definitely includes chocolate.  In Woodstock, chocolate is its own food group.

So, my question is this:  Why don’t we have a Chocolate Festival?

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