On a recent trip to the grocery store, we noticed a whole shelf of different cocoa-mix options (including peppermint hot chocolate and salted caramel hot chocolate!) from Starbucks, so we decided to check them out.
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Here in San Francisco, you can find a range of hot chocolate styles, from old fashioned marshmallow-topped comfort drinks to intense, unsweetened sips for the true chocoholic. Best of all? The city's Mexican influence means that spicy, thick Mexican style hot chocolates abound. Here are 10 of our favorites.
I'm not thrilled about the arrival of winter, but I must admit that I do look forward to hot chocolate season. I'm a huge fan of Mariebelle's Aztec Hot Chocolate, but that stuff runs $20 for a 12 ounce tin, so it's more of a special gift than a frequent indulgence. I'm determined to find some other options that satisfy my cocoa craving for a bit less cash.
The classic cup of hot chocolate is all good and fine, but sometimes a little deviation from tradition is just what cold weather demands. Here are four unusual spins on cocoa that we've enjoyed recently around New York.
McDonald's recently introduced two seasonal treats in branches nationwide: McCafé Peppermint Mocha and Peppermint Hot Chocolate. They're available now through January 2, just in time to wash down your pies and tins full of Christmas cookies.
Beyond their expansive collection of chocolates, this pristine little shop sells hot chocolate for adults. Made to order with deliciously chocolaty cocoa powder, you can choose between white, milk, dark, and extra dark. Those in the know go for Extra Dark Hot and Spicy.
Sometimes hot chocolate can feel too heavy and filling, but chocolate-flavored teas are often weak and unsatisfying. What's a cacao lover to do? The folks at Choffy are offering one unusual solution: they're bagging 100% organic cacao beans, roasted and ground, and meant be brewed like coffee.
I like chocolate and I like tea, but I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about "Cuppa Chocolate Tea" a line of herbal-chocolate tea blends from the Republic of Tea. And while I wasn't wild about the others flavors in this line, the Coconut Cocoa stood out.
Sometimes you feel like tea, other times you want to slurp up chocolate milk. Is there room for something in between? Honest Tea's new CocoaNova line includes three flavors: Mint Cacao, Mocha Cacao, and Cherry Cacao. The infusions, which resemble watered-down Yoo-Hoos, are dairy-free, gluten-free, and 50 calories per glass bottle.