Thursday, December 23, 2010

Deck the Apartment - The Hot Chocolate Trilogy Part I

To compensate for the fact that I have not been doing well with posting, (for that I'm sorry) I am going to make a three-part trilogy of the many hot chocolates of New York City. I plan to try twelve different kinds of hot chocolates (for the Twelve Days of Christmas) before the new year, so if you have any recommendations for any kind of hot chocolate that you like--whether it be chain store or local--please tell me in a comment or via email.

     1. Starbucks Peppermint Hot Chocolate - I like the Starbucks hot chocolate because they have a nice temperature to it. It's not so hot that you burn your tongue trying to drink it, and not too cold that it defeats the point of hot chocolate. It also has a strong peppermint flavor, but it's not so heavy on the actual chocolate evidence of it.
     2. Salted Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate from Shake Shack - Oh yeah. You're just licking your lips as you read this, I can tell. There is a Shake Shake by my school, and I passed by once with my friends, and it was closed because someone was having a party that night. So, there were employees that were handing out free food: ice cream and Salted Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate. The hot chocolate was thick, very chocolate-y, but not too strong, and the salt added to the peanut butter brought out the flavor to match the chocolate perfectly. I would compare this to a Reeces, but it wasn't at all like candy, but more like a hot milkshake.
     3. Hot Chocolate from the Food Stand Guy on the Corner - They give you a lot of hot chocolate, and prepare it quickly, for only a dollar. Also, it's actually really good. The guy adds milk and also sugar, and pours it at just the right temperature. It's a great grab if you're in a rush, and better than that of a deli that uses a mix in water.
     4. Pinkberry Hot Cocoa - What I liked about this is that they added whipped cream and shaved chocolate on top. However, I could have liked it better if my dad and brother didn't take it all. The hot chocolate was good, but it was WAAAYYYYYYYYYYY too hot. I walked around for several minutes in the cold, and my gloved hands burned while holding the cup. It was a good cup of hot chocolate, though, but I wish I could have had more than a sip or two.