Hot Cocoa Crawl ends in a tasty tie


(L to R) Lori Jury, Linda Kentner, Zach Kentner and Ashley Kentner visited the stores on Main Street and Hawick Street during Sunday's Hot Cocoa Crawl. On their rounds, they stopped by Jill Rae Finally Art Studio and Gallery on Main Street in Rockton. Photo: Jean Seegers

The last vote counted for best entry in the 4th annual Hot Cocoa Crawl resulted in a tie between The Mix and the Mary’s Market pop up at Erica’s Board Creations. Mary's Market had gingerbread white hot chocolate, which is still available at their Roscoe location while supplies last. The Mix's entry was described as salted caramel cheesecake.

"Sunday was the final day of Christmas Walk in Rockton," reported senior correspondent Jean Seegers. "The rainy, chilly weather didn't deter crowds of cocoa lovers from making their way around the stores on Main Street and Hawick Street tasting a variety of hot chocolate on steroids."

The two-hour cocoa binge took place in eight locations in downtown Rockton on Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021 during Rockton Christmas Walk. The 400 tickets sold out by Black Friday after Thanksgiving.

Connie Kieffer, owner of After the Vine in Rockton, had a busy Christmas Walk weekend. Kieiffer and Bianca poured wine at the wine bar on Friday and Saturday, and hot cocoa outside the store during the Cocoa Crawl on Sunday. Photo: Jean Seegers

Ticketholders picked up their commemorative mugs (including the adorable spoon that rests inside the handle) at the Rockton Village Hall. After trying all the flavors, they returned to the Village Hall to vote on their favorites.

Estelle and Sofia (in hat) helped to distribute mugs and tallied the final votes for the Hot Cocoa Crawl on Sunday afternoon. Photo: Michael McGinnis

Several readers of Rockton-Roscoe News emailed us for a chance to win a pair of tickets to the sold-out event. One lucky winner and her young daughter was chosen at random. 

The Rockton Christmas Walk 4th Annual Hot Cocoa Crawl was generously sponsored by Stenstrom Companies and Erica's Board Creations.

Rockton-Roscoe News has written a dozen articles about this year's Rockton Christmas Walk, including another article about the Hot Cocoa Crawl, and more to come -  see the current list here.

Joel McGinnis contributed to this reporting.

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