Hot Chocolate Week: Day FOURTEEN
Tonight we finally reach the end of the road for the sprawling fourteen day Hot Chocolate Week. It’s been a long “week” and I’m really pretty relieved to see it end. It's been taxing. The final review of the week will be of the Marie Belle Dark Aztec Hot Chocolate. It might just be a bit of a short review. Turns out there isn’t a lot of new ground to cover.
Earlier this week I looked at the “normal” Marie Belle Aztec Hot Chocolate and I was quite impressed with the extremely chocolaty drink. Tonight’s entrant is a variation on the original that brings a much higher cacao content to the mix. The normal variety is made with 63% cacao content chocolate and the dark variety steps that up to 72%. Not much else is different. You end up with a cup of thick, dark, hot chocolate, or in this case, thick hot dark chocolate. It hits you like a liquid chocolate hammer. It’s pure chocolate start to finish. The ingredients on the tin are applicable to their entire line of hot chocolates so I don’t know if there are any spices in it or not, but I’m rather doubting it. I’m not tasting any here and I think I need to revisit the other because of this. I’m not sure if the hint of spice I tasted last time was really there or a side effect of having just drank a cup of the Chuao or if some spice transferred on the whisk or something. But the mistakes of the past week are a topic for another day (tomorrow actually). Tonight’s hot chocolate mixes up thick, but smooth and may even be too strong for some. Not for me, though. I like it strong and as such am scoring this at a nice solid 9 out of 10. If you like your chocolate dark, this isn’t likely to disappoint.
Ah, it’s over at last. Tomorrow I’m going to put together a bit of a postlude (or postmortem) for the whole affair and look back at a few of the mistakes I made and look forward to what I’m going to do to fix them. Then it's time to talk holiday chocolate.