Get Your Hot Chocolate Fix at 7 LI Shops

Hot chocolate has become a necessity during the long, cold winters on Long Island. Drenched with chocolate and mixed with marshmallows or cream, its deliciousness is worth braving the chill. Snow days aside, these seven Long Island hot chocolate shops are ready to warm visitors up with an indulging treat every other day of the year.

Caffe Portofino, Northport

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image: facebook.com/caffe portofino

Paintings from local galleries and musical instruments for guests to play bring funk and culture to the heart of Northport Village. Although Caffe Portofino’s basic hot chocolate made with Guittard chocolate sauces is enough to satisfy a sweet tooth, the Campfire Cocoa is its specialty. This chocolatey goodness is made with milk chocolate and toasted marshmallow syrup then topped with marshmallow cream and graham cracker crumbs. No need to wait until summer for a campfire treat that can be enjoyed all year round! Go

The Witches Brew, West Hempstead

Within a funky house in West Hempstead lies a small coffee shop filled with mysterious décor. The Witches Brew has several varieties of homemade hot chocolate including a basic brew with milk chocolate, soy hot chocolate and even a vegan version made with dark chocolate and vegan marshmallows. Ice cream lovers are also in luck. The hot chocolate float is a spin-off of the shop’s original hot chocolate and made with ice cream and topped with whipped cream. Yes, dreams do come true. Go

Toast Coffeehouse, Port Jefferson & Patchogue

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image: facebook.com/toastcoffeehousepatchogue

Locals have been raving about this eatery…and it’s easy to understand why. Whether you’re looking for a quick cup of coffee or a sit down lunch, Toast Coffeehouse’s relaxed, elegant atmosphere makes for a perfect winter treat. Its seasonal beverage special includes the Gingerbread Hot Chocolate, a drink the whole family will love. It is served in a mug with a graham cracker crust and topped with whipped cream and chocolate chips. Get it hot before the season ends! Go

Fresco Crêperie & Café, Long Beach & Williston Park

As the name suggests, this café is known for its sweet and savory crêpes, but the hot chocolate must not be overlooked. The secret to this decadent hot chocolate is that it’s made with Belgian chocolate and milk then topped with whipped cream. Go

Aldo’s Café, Greenport

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image: facebook.com/northforker

Born in Italy and raised in France, Aldo’s European roots have helped him create the perfect recipe for hot chocolate. Greenport residents have called the dark hot chocolate “life changing” because the chocolate bars are melted into hot chocolate as they wait. Go

North Fork Roasting Company, Southold

A cozy home in Southold has been transformed into a roasting company just for guests. Grab a book and a seat on one of the couches, order a cup of hot cocoa and you’ll feel right at home. The sweet and thick hot chocolate comes with homemade marshmallows or whipped cream. Indulge a little and get both! Go

The Cup Coffeehouse, Wantagh

Nestled between two restaurants is a Brooklyn-style coffeehouse featuring board games and live music. The hot chocolate is served both hot and cold, although both are equally as tasty. Choose from a variety of flavors including white chocolate, mint, raspberry, cherry, white mocha or just plain chocolate. Can you ever really have enough chocolate? Go