Nothing pairs better with Christmas hot chocolate than ooey, gooey local chocolate. The Alaska Fudge Company at 195 S. Franklin Street is a top-rated candy and confectionary shop with rave reviews. Famous for their fresh and creamy fudge that’s made daily with zero preservatives, you’ll be challenged to choose from the variety of flavors. The Klondike Walnut semi-sweet and Mendenhall Moose with chocolate, marshmallow and pecans are two favorites.

The “paws” series featuring Alaska wildlife are also a showstopper. Whether you fall in love with the Husky Paw Box of pecan turtles dipped in milk chocolate or the Puffin Paws in dark chocolate, you can’t go wrong. The Company also offers fresh local salmon, plush animals, chocolate bars and “rocks” along with apparel and much more.

Sweet Alaska

Chocolate Moose in Sitka is well worth the drive, and the sweet shop provides baked goods to restaurants and cafes around the region. Featured on The Knot, the bakery and florist is especially well-known for their decadent, handmade truffles. Their gourmet chocolates and espresso keep you warm and sweet during the chilliest of Alaskan months.

Try a warm mug of hot cocoa with melting house-made whip on top. Fantastic service, a poinsettia for the holidays and warm baked goodies make for an excellent excuse to explore some of the smaller rural towns outside of Juneau.