Hot Chocolate Week: Day Seven
I decided that I would give up my aim of hitting all six (seven actually – nine if you count different preparation methods I wanted to try) of the Aztec/Maya hot chocolates I have lined up and shoot for three. I could do two separate rounds of tasting and then write up a separate post summing things up. It was a nice simple plan and like most simple plans it was doomed to get complicated.
The first hot chocolate I picked to try was one that doesn’t declare itself as Aztec or Maya but falls firmly into that same group based on the spices involved: Jacques Torres Wicked Hot Chocolate. This is one of the things I most wanted to try in New York. I’ll allow the description from the Jacques Torres web site to speak for the chocolate and it’s ingredients:
Try the Wicked Hot Chocolate that features allspice, cinnamon, ground, sweet ancho chili peppers, and smoked, ground chipotle chili peppers!You will notice that cocoa is not mentioned and the simple reason for that is that Jacques Torres hot chocolate “is made with real chocolate – never cocoa powder.” This is serious stuff. The instructions make the seriousness of the product all the more clear. They call for a half-cup of milk and a heaping quarter-cup of chocolate. It sounds like a small serving, but it's like a meal. It mixes up THICK. It’s the sort of hot chocolate that you eat with a spoon. The chilies don't add a ton of burn but do impart a good bit of heat and flavor and the spices are a nice addition as well. It even stands up to my usual standard of balance. All of the spices add something to the chocolate but nothing overpowers anything else. But, like I said, it’s somewhat like a meal. I might, in a few hours, be able to manage another hot chocolate, but this has me satiated for now. I’ve hit my chocolate limit. So much so that I nearly forgot to try and rate it I was so overwhelmed. So, ummm... yeah. It’s excellent stuff and quite a fine treat. So fine a treat that I’m calling it a full 9.5 out of 10 and it only misses a 10 because I'd have trouble eating cookies with it (I like a little snackage with my hot chocolate).
So, where does this leave the rest of the showdown? I’m not sure. I’ll add more as I can, but I don’t quite know how long it will take. A number of these look like they’re similar to this one so it could take a while.
Aztec/Maya Showdown Round 1 Results – Jacques Torres: 1 - Me: 0