Sweet Mountain Surrender
Pats Peak cookies are an obligatory part of a trip to the mountain. (Pats Peak)
With all the powder and corduroy you’ll be hitting on your next ski trip, refueling with some fine confections are in order. SnoCountry.com has tirelessly researched across the country to find these not-to-miss mountain treats.
You’ll find a Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory in many resort towns, from Taos to Tremblant, including its hometown, Durango, Colorado. Smell caramel or fudge bubbling in a traditional copper kettle on a gas-fired stove, watch the cook spin a skewered apple in the hot caramel, or see fudge made fresh using a marble slab while the cook shapes it with paddles into a giant 22-pound “loaf”.
Located at the top of Strawberry Park and Upper Beaver Creek Mountain lifts, the Beaver Creek Candy Cabin’s vintage candy store design of yesteryear invites kids and kids-at-heart to explore myriad palate-pleasing sweets. Created locally by fifth-generation chocolatier, Michael Mootz, each dark or milk chocolate bar is presented in a custom Beaver Creek gold box; individual chocolate snowflakes, snowmen or ski boots also offer a smooth, sweet treat.
Satisfy your sweet cravings after a day on the mountain at Northstar’s Euro Sweets. Specialty candies and chocolates, frozen yogurt and other unique sweets can be found by the Ice Rink.
Chutters' claim to fame at their home store in Littleton, N.H., is the World's Longest Candy Counter. Although their Bretton Woods winter satellite shop at the top of the Zephyr lift isn't quite as long, there's still a dizzying array of sweets to pick from. Grab a bag and fill it with sours and gummies, jellybeans, licorice, caramels, and other traditional penny candies.
No trip to Pats Peak is complete without a famous M&Ms cookie. When Pats Peak first opened, more 50 years ago, the food service was done by the owners' wives. They decided to make chocolate chip cookies. At first they didn't use the M&Ms, but thought it would be “fun” to add them. People loved them, so they kept getting bigger and bigger and graduated to the size they are today, the size of your face.