|Melting Marshmallow Hot Chocolate|
America's Best Hot Chocolate
Forget Swiss Miss; the best hot chocolate has become a gourmet affair.
By Nina Fedrizzi
We’ve all had powdery hot cocoa—watery, only vaguely chocolaty, and occasionally crunchy with undissolved marshmallow clumps. Still, cocoa was—and is—the best thing to stir into a mug on a winter afternoon.
Today’s hot chocolate has come a long way from little packages with gritty marshmallows. From sipping chocolate flavored with secret Caribbean spices to house-roasted cocoa beans and celebrity truffle shops, America’s best hot chocolate has gone gourmet.
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Max Brenner Chocolate by the Bald Man, Las Vegas
The Brenner outpost offers more than 10 varieties of hot chocolate drinks; don’t miss the decadently rich Suckao—a shot of chocolate that’s the espresso of the cocoa world.maxbrenner.com; from $5.25.
(Read the other hot chocolate that made it to the list, here.)
|Max Brenner Chocolate Bar|
Chocolate by the Bald Man
Greenbelt 5, Makati City
That article sent me into a veritable frenzy and feverish longing for hot chocolate. Not just any hot chocolate, of course, but one by Max Brenner Chocolate Bar (located at Greenbelt 5 in Makati City). And that is just where I found myself last Saturday night.
After marveling at the giant vat of whirling melted chocolate found inside the store (which I think sealed the deal for my hapless companions), and wondering how an Oompa Loompa must feel like staring down a river of flowing chocolate every single day of his life, I ordered my Melting Marshmallow Hot Chocolate. This, instead of Suckao, the variety actually mentioned in the article which was dubbed "the espresso of the cocao world". It seemed too rich a drink for me that night, the Suckao, having just had a very filling shabu-shabu dinner.
I've been to Greenbelt a number of times since the article was released, but not once did I get around to visiting the shop. It was only last Saturday night did I finally get my chance. It was a good evening as any. A rainy night, in the company of good friends-- I'd say it was a perfect time to have a piping hot hug mug of gourmet hot chocolate.