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Wonderful Winter Treats to Try in Erie, PA

Wednesday Nov 30th, 2022

Whether you’re craving an after-dinner snack or in need of a little pick-me up, Erie has you covered! Treat yourself to a rich, chocolatey mug of hot cocoa or meet up with friends for a round of peppermint martinis. These delightful indulgences will warm you from the inside out. Here are our top suggestions on where to go to satisfy your sweet tooth in Erie, Pennsylvania.

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Romolo Chocolates

A delicious way to warm up after playing in the snow is with a steaming mug of Romolo’s signature, hand-made hot cocoa. With tempting flavors such as mint chocolate and butter rum white chocolate, they are perfect for taking off winter’s chill.  Get one to-go or stay and sip a while inside Romolo’s aptly named Cocoa Café, where you can sit and watch Romolo’s expert chocolatiers create various chocolates, cakes, cookies and of course, their famous sponge candy.

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If you’re looking for something sweet but a little boozy this season, try the Peppermint Cream Martini, Café Rumchata or Mudslide specialty cocktails. Each cocktail is artfully crafted using house made spirits and blended with locally sourced ingredients including fresh fruits, cream, chocolates, purees, and house-made syrups and infusions. These incredible drinks are also available to-go!    

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Purrista Cat Café*

Get your daily dose of cuteness overload inside the relaxed, stress-free atmosphere of Purrista Cat Café. It’s the purr-fect combination of hot beverages, freshly baked goods, and darling, adoptable cats. Sip your cares away and watch the cats play while you enjoy an aromatic mug of sugar cookie-flavored coffee or a rich, creamy, hot chocolate flight. The flights (coming soon!) are a new addition to the Café’s menu and are completely customizable. Fill your hot cocoa board with decadent flavors such as salted caramel, peppermint, chocolate peanut butter and white chocolate.  

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With an inviting café and bookstore all in one space, Pressed has everything you need to shake off winter’s chill and warm up with a soothing beverage, and a good book. This season, Pressed features an assortment of winter-themed flavors, including gingerbread, snow drift (white chocolate and vanilla), sugar cookie, and mint mocha (dark chocolate and mocha). Combine your drink with a locally made dessert and the latest best-seller and you’ve got yourself an absolutely sweet experience!

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Luminary Distilling, Eatery, Furhman’s Cider

Come in from the cold, sit near the fireplace, and order a Luminary Hot Chocolate Special.  This absolutely amazing drink tastes just as good as it looks! Blended with a concoction of Luminary’s own vanilla vodka, hot chocolate, cream, mint chocolate chips, and a chocolate drizzle, it’s heaven in a glass. Before you pay the check, swing over to the bakery case and take home any of their freshly baked breads, pepperoni balls, cakes, donuts, and cookies.

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The Original Popcorn House*

There’s nothing quite like an evening snuggled under a blanket to watch a movie while munching on handfuls of yummy popcorn. Take popcorn snacking to the next level with a bag or tin filled to the brim with gourmet popcorn from The Original Popcorn House. From classics like movie theater butter and kettle corn to specialty flavors such as dark chocolate sea salt and caramel tuxedo, there’s something to satisfy every taste.

*Vegan and gluten-free options are available on request.

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