Nothing quite hits the spot like a steaming mug of hot cocoa on a cold winter day. Here are some local spots where you can get you cocoa fix during the snowy season.
The Witches Brew –Vegan Hot Chocolate
311 Hempstead Turnpike
West Hempstead, NY 11552
The Witches Brew is known for its gothic ambience and large selection of teas and coffees. But its unique draw is the extensive vegetarian and vegan menu. One highlight off this menu is the vegan hot chocolate. This dairy-free delight is a great way to enjoy a chocolatey cup of cocoa without any milk.
The Cup Coffeehouse– Frozen Hot Chocolate
3268 Railroad Avenue
Wantagh, NY 11793
The Cup is often compared to a 1970s Brooklyn style coffee shop, a place for people to talk, face to face, over mugs of coffee. They serve an assortment of hot beverages, but if you’re craving a cool treat, try the frozen hot chocolate. The frozen hot chocolate comes in a variety of flavors including chocolate, vanilla, cherry, raspberry, mocha mint and white chocolate. If you prefer your chocolate with a chill, put on your mittens and get your frozen fix.
Clipper Ship Tea Company– Chocolate Truffle Tea
180 Main St
Northport, NY 11768
If coffee and hot chocolate aren’t your thing, try a chocolate tea. The best selling chocolate teas at The Clipper Ship Tea Company include the Chocolate Truffle and Chocolate Pu’er. If you are looking to avoid caffeine, the chocolate truffle is a decaf Ceylon black tea with chocolate and cacao nibs. Chocolate Pu’er is highly caffeine aged pu’er tea with chocolate and cacao nibs. These teas are great with a little bit of sugar or a splash of your favorite dairy or non dairy milk.
Caffe Portofino–Campfire Cocoa
249 Main Street
Northport, NY 11768
Caffe Portofino is eclectic spot where all the locals’ go. They display local art on the walls and host poetry and trivia nights. They have a variety of hot chocolate flavors, but all the regulars know it’s all about the campfire cocoa. This cup of cocoa is made with callebaut, the finest Belgian milk-chocolate and milk. It’s topped off with marshmallow fluff, whipped cream, graham cracker crumbles and drizzled with chocolate syrup. If you ever dreamed of drinking liquid s’mores, this is your chance.
South Shore Dive– DIY spiked hot chocolate bar
65 Main St
West Sayville, NY 11796
If you’re looking for an adult-friendly hot chocolate with a kick, check out the DIY spiked hot chocolate bar at the South Shore Dive in Sayville. Some of the types of shots that you can get with your hot cocoa include: rum with fresh lime, whiskey and cherry liqueur, Mezcal and orange peel, peppermint schnapps and Godiva chocolate liqueur. There is an assembly line of toppings including flavored syrups, candies, marshmallows, coconut flakes and whipped cream. Enjoy this winter favorite with an adult twist. Mark your calendar, the hot cocoa bar kicks off on December 1st!