Hudson Chocolates in Poughkeepsie--Run, Don't Walk!
- applesauce23 Apr 6, 2013 03:31 PM
I heard about Hudson Chocolates in the Poughkeepsie Journal, so I decided to stop by today after a trip to Kingston. The location is a little isolated (crumbling roads and a more industrial area), but the shop itself is pretty amazing. After walking downstairs into the building, I turned to the right and saw a well-lit space with beautiful chocolates displayed on a large table. They were works of art with a wink to the whimsical. Today's special was a box of 12 macaron-shaped chocolates in an assortment of flavors. There were also several different types of chocolate bars that incorporated unique combinations like strawberry, dark chocolate, and basil as well as fleur de sel. There were about a dozen different samples that you could pick up with large tweezers. The staff was very helpful and knowledgeable. I looked up the chocolatier, Francisco Migoya, and it turns out that he used to be the executive pastry chef for The French Laundry and Bouchon Bakery. He is also a professor at the Culinary. For someone so accomplished, he was quite unassuming and took his time to explain the different kinds of chocolate he had in his shop. I was very impressed during my first visit and plan to go back very soon.
Just moved to Poughkeepsie a few months ago from Bklyn and was pleasantly shocked and super pleased about finding Hudson Chocolates (1/2 mile from my house!!!). They are like works of art and taste phenomenal. Even though his chocolates are out of this world, Chef Migoya is down to earth and very approachable.
Like them on Facebook (http://Facebook.com/hudsonchocolates) and be sure to check out their site and buy lots of chocolate! I got stuff for Easter and will be on it for Mother's Day. www.hudsonchocolates.com
we got their chocolates a week or two ago and it was a hit. problem is i'm not a big chocolate person, and i'd been trying to get my wife to offer her feedback. finally got it, so here goes - my wife's comments:
I ordered the chocolate bunny for the kids for Easter, and I must say, it did not disappoint! They loved the rich, smooth taste of the chocolate, and the rainbow drizzle across the front was met with oohs and ahs. And for something that was fairly simple in concept--a chocolate bunny--the flavor was rich and satisfying to this self-proclaimed choco-holic.
Not to be left out, I also ordered the Candied Almonds Coated in Dark Chocolate, Cinnamon and Cocoa Powder. All I can say is YUM. They are so tasty, and the combination of the caramel, nut, chocolate and cinnamon is highly addictive.
Needless to say, neither item remained in our house for long. I will be ordering from Hudson Chocolates again, and would highly recommend them to others as well.
ok, so that's the wife's comments.
i read one of his books a couple years ago (the modern cafe) and though i can't comment on the recipes (my culinary skills are limited), i thought the book was outstanding from a business point of view.
and, finally, the address is 211 cottage street in poughkeepsie and they are only open on saturdays from 1-6pm for workshops, but they do shipping as well.
Thanks for the tip. We will definitely check this place out next time we head in that direction (probably a trip to Wappingers Falls' Palace Dumpling... we can't get enough of that place!) on a Saturday. This looks amazing!