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Hot (well technically lukewarm) Chocolate at the Ritz Carlton

bluehensfan Dec 11, 2006 06:12 PM

I thought that fellow Chowhounders would be interested in a recent visit to the Ritz Carlton for hot chocolate. For those of you familiar with the large spread at the entrance of the rotunda with a broad selection of side items, cherish that memory because the pickings are slim at best this year. To begin with, the hot chocolate is now a regular item on the rotunda menu after 12 PM, so you don't have to show up on a Sunday (like last year) or a Saturday (like the year before that) anymore. But for the bad news: now only dark and milk chocolate flavors are available (gone is the white chocolate), and now the hot chocolate is served with a small platter of four side items including small chocolate shavings in one dish, three raspberries in another, and a handful of mini (Kraft?) marshmallows in the third dish with two miniscule strawberry homemade marshmallows (that were really good) mixed in as well. The fourth dish held the mecca (tongue in cheek) of hot chocolate toppings, multicolored sprinkles. No more large homemade marshmallows, strawberries, or other things like that. The hot chocolate was served in large cups that were 2/3rds full. While the hot chocolate was admittedly tasty, it was lukewarm at best. Combined with the meager toppings and the $8 or so price tag, I'd advise you to save your money, especially with the Naked Chocolate Cafe a few blocks away.

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    Lotus7 Dec 11, 2006 06:26 PM

    That's too bad b/c I have such fond memories of their chocolate "bar" and of Cesar, the hot chocolate somelier! I was planning to take friends there in a few weeks, but I may pass on that now. I heard that the Four Seasons has started a hot chocolate bar of some sort. Has anyone tried it? If so, please give details!

    1. bluehensfan Dec 11, 2006 06:39 PM

      I forgot about Ceaser...he was very much missed as well. Another reason to go somewhere else!

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        littlecmad Dec 3, 2009 11:29 AM

        My friends I did do this every year but now that some are married with children, we are looking for a cozy place in the suburbs to carry on the tradition. It could be any Christmas Drinks, perhaps at a Restaurant or Inn, perhaps by a fire. Does anybody have any suggestions?

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