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07 February 2010 @ 10:28 pm
Starbucks, Espresso Royale  
Because the first couple of sources for the boston.com top 10 hot chocolates in the Boston area have been lackluster, I think I'm going to shift the hot chocolate project. Not only will I try the top 10 provided by boston.com, but I'll try others, and at the end, I'll provide my own top 10 list. Recommendations of places to try are welcome!

Last week, after the disappointing Upstairs on the Square hot chocolate, I tried a regular old Starbucks hot chocolate on Wednesday afternoon, near my office. I'm sorry to say, it was the best yet: This hot chocolate was rich and chocolatey with a decadent mouthfeel. I had it in my awesome contigo mug, so it was easy to shake it up periodically (which I do out of habit), so I don't know how much, if any, precipitate there was, but overall, this was a very solid hot chocolate. B+

I also had high hopes for Espresso Royale, whose coffee and sandwiches I know and like, and because it's a cool cafe, I thought for sure the hot chocolate would be tasty! So veek and I went there Friday afternoon, but it was a bad sign when she took a sip of hers first and said, "Well, that's disappointing." So I tried mine, and ... it was, indeed, disappointing. It would have been much better to call it a moderately steamed milk with a hint of chocolate. In fact, if it had been called that, I might even have enjoyed it! As it was billed as hot chocolate, though, it was pretty lackluster. It was milky, thin and barely chocolatey at all. C-
Robsensesurfer on February 8th, 2010 03:36 am (UTC)
ifmanifman on February 8th, 2010 10:29 am (UTC)
evolution, and some other stuffjacflash on February 8th, 2010 12:38 pm (UTC)
Third. Burdick's has spoiled me for commercial hot chocolate forever.
lazyz: ecuadorlazyz on February 8th, 2010 03:53 am (UTC)
Better expand to include Guatemala.
Renata Piperlyonesse on February 8th, 2010 04:02 am (UTC)
have you tried diesel's? i particularly like their whipped cream.
phoenixamber_phoenix on February 8th, 2010 04:06 am (UTC)
seems like it's either too obvious or has gone downhill, but it was great for hot drinks back in the day. (yo.)
magidmagid on February 8th, 2010 04:08 am (UTC)
Hi. Meandering through via friendsfriends.

I really like the Aztec hot chocolate at Cafe Zing (in Porter Sq. Books); hot pepper with chocolate is a good thing. Not sure that it'll be thick enough for your preference, though.
Blinkerslinkr on February 8th, 2010 03:21 pm (UTC)
Cafe Zing uses Dagoba powdered hot chocolate. The spicy version has become my go-to powdered hot chocolate to make on the stove at home.
That Chick with the Evil Laughsparkymonster on February 8th, 2010 04:14 am (UTC)
I suggest trying the el diablo hot chocolate at JP Licks. I've found it very satisfying. ALso a mocha made w/ el diablo = JOY JOY JOY!
drwex: VNVdrwex on February 8th, 2010 04:42 pm (UTC)
Apropos of that AWESOME icon

I believe the phrase is "continues to kick SERIOUS ass"...
Co-conspirator of Squeemuffyjo on February 8th, 2010 04:28 am (UTC)
You might like the hot cocoa at True Grounds although I think my favorite was at...it's at Union Square ...Bloc something (number).
Renata Piperlyonesse on February 8th, 2010 04:44 am (UTC)
bloc 11 (sister shop to diesel).
Co-conspirator of Squeemuffyjo on February 8th, 2010 12:29 pm (UTC)
Thank you, yes. And that's amusing, I didn't realize they were related but that makes me happy somehow.
stephanie m. clarksonthespian on February 8th, 2010 09:56 am (UTC)
I should make you my inverted hot chocolate sometime. It's made with melted Callebaut white chocolate, whisked into cream, with a touch of my homemade vanilla extract, and then I serve it with homemade chocolate marshmallows. I don't make it terribly often, because marshmallows take a while to make at home, but it's gotten much praise when I've done it.
metagnatmetagnat on February 8th, 2010 12:40 pm (UTC)
I already commented in your post-dated post about this, but I like the friendly toast. It's hot chocolate is not in the same league as Burdick's, but it's tasty, comes with extra flavors and they'll give you marshmallows for free.

Also - if you ever get the chance to go on a Taza factory tour, they sometimes do really incredible drinking chocolate that they give away on the tour.
cinnabarinecinnabarine on February 8th, 2010 03:19 pm (UTC)
As you know, I'm very interested in your latest research. :) In case it helps, here are a few other places that might be hot chocolatey amazingness that I don't believe have already been mentioned.

* Temper Chocolates at Hotel Commonwealth

* Finale. I've actually had their hot chocolate flight and thought it was delicious.

* Athan's Cafe. Their everything else is amazing, so this one would be very promising.

* Aroa Fine Chocolate

* Tu y Yo

* Flour Bakery

* BeanTowne Coffee House
Renata Piperlyonesse on February 9th, 2010 04:54 am (UTC)
obtw -- i was at "upstairs on the square" and apparently the chocolate with the homemade marshmallows is only available at certain times (for the marshmallows' sake apparently?) i believe they serve it at least at children's tea, which might be on saturay -- or something. (sorry, i'm sick and braindead. but check their website, or call, if you want to give their possibly-more-virtuous other version of hot chocolate a chance.)