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Berkeley's Best Hot Chocolate

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As temperatures drop cravings rise for warm chocolatey creaminess. Unfortunately Mexican Hot Chocolates are carelessly advertised with little follow through in the finished product. Casa de Chocolates has two Mexican Hot Chocolates on their menu, with spice or without. The spicy option is flavorful but both lacked the mealy quality of a true MHC. Many traditional Mexican desserts are available along with specialty bon bons and chocolates. The dessert menu here was a bit more true to their origins. Following up is the Xocolate Bar which does not claim to have a Mexican Hot Chocolate but a great selection of solid chocolate bars and an unusual hot chocolate which sips like a dark chocolate bar melting in your mouth. Every sip. A small cup was a bit too much of a good thing. People’s Café, known for its pride of quality, drops the ball on its MHC’s; it lacks spice and body in a way that one can only assume the regular HC must be 80% water. Almare’s HC is so thick that it needs to be constantly stirred to keep it from settling and can only be eaten (not drank) with a spoon. Made fresh every morning and quick to sell out most chilly nights it is the only must try on the scene. Coming only in two sizes, very small and very large, decidedly making it a ‘must-share’ or ‘no-share’ item. The flavor may be a bit too reminiscent of JELLO but the thickness of it is satisfactory for forgiveness.

Though the search for that Mexican Hot Chocolate may have fallen a bit flat, hope remains at the varieties in Chocolatier Blue and Bittersweet.

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