My daughters are of the opinion that the only reason you go outside in the snow is so that you can come back in and have hot chocolate. Kari wrote about her hot chocolate obsession at Chicago Parent which prompted us to ask our fans who they thought had the best hot chocolate. We combined her list, with their answers and a few we scouted out on our own and we can say this is the list of all the best hot chocolate in Lake County.
Arriva Dolce Gelato & Coffee Bar
182 Johns Ave, Highland Park | 847-43-103
The above image of the ArrivaDolce Signature hot chocolate passed by our Facebook Feed and we considered licking the screen it looked that good. Their private recipe made with Belgian chocolate, also available to take home. Find them on Facebook
970 Harris Road, Shops at Prarie Crossing, Grayslake | 847-223-2344
“Miss Alison at Dalton’s cakes recently made the boys “the best hot chocolate ever!” She even adjusted the temp to perfection, with lots of TLC!” MJ.
Find them on Facebook and check out the amazing cakes!
Caco Sweets & Treats
122 Center St., Grayslake | 847-223-2253
According to my son, this is the best hot chocolate in the world, but that could be because of the handmade marshmallow that’s the size of the cup. It’s worth the visit just for the marshmallow. Follow them on Facebook for drink specials and of course to see what they’re baking.
Emily’s Pancake House
1910 E. Grand Ave., Lindenhurst | 224-372-7158
A family-owned restaurant with locations in Beach Park, Waukegan, and Lindenhurst fans tell us they have the creamiest hot chocolate around. Find them on Facebook.
Honey Hill Coffee Co.
107 S. Main St., Wauconda | 847-487-8484
“When the lines out the door you know it’s good” Kari.
Follow them on Facebook.
1126 E. Washington St., Grayslake, and Center St. Downtown Grayslake | 847-543-1600
Kari describes their hot chocolate as “a cup of a melted chocolate bar” and if that’s not enough the array of sweets and pastries can satisfy your chocolate craving. Follow them on Facebook for specials.
725 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville | 847-367-7574
Go for the hot chocolate, but stay for the ambiance! Located in the hold Caribou Coffee right next to the Libertyville Metra Station Mischief’s brewing has ample comfy chairs around the fireplace and plenty of table for those that want to work. Find them on Facebook.
Whisk Bakery and Coffee Shop
216 S. Main St., Wauconda | 847-487-2253
Formerly Stacie’s Cakes this newly renovated and rebranded store offers more seating and tasty treats. They top their drinks with homemade whip cream, which is reason enough in my book!