(This article first appeared in the December 6, 2017 issue of The Independent Newspaper)
Wanting to switch out your traditional coffee for something on the sweeter side? How about a cup of rich, hot chocolate?
National Hot Cocoa Day is on December 13, but it’s never too early, or too late, to celebrate. Here are five spots across the East End to savor every sip.
Hampton Coffee Company never disappoints. What would the holidays be without its Peppermint Hot Chocolate? Deliciously homemade hot chocolate with natural peppermint syrup and topped with Instagram-worthy whipped cream, chocolate drizzle, and peppermint candy pieces. http://www.hamptoncoffeecompany.com.
Located inside Harbor Books, Dobra Tea loves to whip up creativity as the seasons change. Stop in for the Chocolate Chai made with locally-sourced honey, almond milk, and homemade whipped cream. Located at 20 Main Street in Sag Harbor, visit http://www.harborbookssgh.com/dobra-tea.
North Fork Roasting Company is a great option for its comfortable chairs and ever-growing food menu. But when the days become shorter try a roast to boast — cocoa beans! For a kick add in a shot of espresso, it’ll taste like chocolate-covered coffee beans. Located at 55795 Main Road in Southold, visit http://www.noforoastingco.com.
Aldo’s Café boasts a dark hot chocolate — as a must-have to warm up. Located at 103-105 Front Street in Greenport, visit http://www.aldos.com for more.
Marie Eiffel Market on Shelter Island has a cocoa that’s whipped up like a latte — only this cup contains chocolatey goodness! The water views and Christmas lights surrounding this year-round location make it picturesque for sipping. Located at 184 North Ferry Road on Shelter Island, visit http://www.marieeiffelmarket.com.