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Best Hot Chocolate

mellospice Jan 4, 2007 12:54 AM

where is the best Hot Chocolate....especially in a cozy fireplaced room. I do remember iced chocolate in Burdicks in Harvard Square. Does anyone know about their hot choc. I am looking for the bittersweet dark drinking chocolate like the kind in Europe...smooth, creamy, and so sinful.

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    chilibaby Jan 15, 2007 07:38 PM

    You can also get Mexican chocolate at Simon's on Mass Ave. If I recall properly, they serve a spicy variety as well. It's not difficult to find Ibarra or Abuelita, 2 brands of Mexican chocolate at many grocery stores around. Granted, these brands aren't not as good as the real Oaxacan varieties, but I haven't found those locally. It still makes a good hot chocolate and great ice cream.

    1. Blondie NE Jan 14, 2007 05:08 PM

      Sometimes I think that Burdick's hot chocolate is the only good thing about winter, and I agree that it would be prudent to order the small size. Hadn't noticed the hot chocolate selection at Cardullo's, but will definitely check it out this week. Thanks, fenian, for suggesting.

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        catsmeow Jan 13, 2007 06:17 PM

        I had a dark hot chocolate at one of the Godiva's chocolate shops yesterday. Very very good. It also comes in a dark chocolate mint flavor.

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          joe_biotech Jan 12, 2007 08:48 PM

          still trying to make it over to Burdick's, but Temper Chocolates in the Hotel Commonwealth near Kenmore Square does a couple of awesome versions hot chocolates, including intensities not that different from inhaling a chocolate bar.

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            BackBayGirl Jan 12, 2007 01:12 AM

            Burdick's is awesome!!

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              fenian Jan 5, 2007 04:57 PM

              The best I ever had was at Cardullo's. They only make it when it's really cold I think (I've only seen it there twice). Burdick's isn't much of a drop down though--it's one of the best things about Harvard Square.

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                Redhohoho Jan 5, 2007 01:48 PM

                I have had a chocolate/coffee hot drink at Tu Y Yo. I am assuming that is what Mexican hot chocolate is???

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                  Bostonbob3 Jan 5, 2007 02:07 PM

                  I suppose you could make it with coffee, but real Mexican hot chocolate is made with, well, Mexican chocolate. It's an earthier, spicier chocolate than what we're used to. Less sweet and VERY tasty as a drink.

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                    MB fka MB Jan 5, 2007 03:59 PM

                    I tried that at Tu y Yo and was horribly disappointed.

                  2. MC Slim JB Jan 5, 2007 11:48 AM

                    I think the Burdick's hot chocolate is the best I've had locally, but I recommend getting the smallest size, the demitasse. It is so rich, I don't know how anyone can consume a larger one in a single sitting. Not even my sugar- and chocolate-crazed teen nephew could.

                    1. thegolferbitch Jan 4, 2007 01:39 PM

                      Bostonbob, I don't know who serves it--I do love it though. It's not as cloying sweet as the usual stuff and has a note of cinnamon. I can tell you that Cardullo's in Harvard Sq sells a few brands of it that you can prepare at home, as well as a number of dark drinking chocolates.

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                        finlero Jan 4, 2007 01:47 PM

                        I've not had it, but Tu y Yo serves Oaxacan hot chocolate on their weekend breakfast/brunch menu.

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                          Bostonbob3 Jan 4, 2007 01:58 PM

                          Thanks! Now I can make it at home, or have it at Tu y Yo. Excellent, Smithers.

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                        Bostonbob3 Jan 4, 2007 01:28 PM

                        On the same subject, anybody know of a place in the area that does Mexican hot chocolate? Had it a few times when I went to college in So-Cal and made frequent trips to Mexico. It's much earthier and has an herbal-spice backnote to it.

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                          Pia Jan 5, 2007 11:04 AM

                          I've had it at Z-Square in Harvard Square. I have no idea whether it's authentic, but it tasted good.

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                            a l i c e Jan 5, 2007 12:28 PM

                            Taza, the weekly chocolate lounge held Thursday nights at Mariposa Bakery in Central Sq., is featuring Mexican hot chocolate, both for comsumption and purchase to make at home.

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                              gini Jan 5, 2007 04:12 PM

                              Have you been to the Taza chocolate lounge yet? Is it any good?

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                                a l i c e Jan 5, 2007 05:21 PM

                                I haven't yet been. For me, after work, if it's a toss-up between sweet (Mariposa) and savory (Miracle of Science across the street or River Gods), savory wins out every time.

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                            eriberri Jan 4, 2007 01:12 PM

                            Burdick's is excellent...went twice over the holiday season. Perfect with an almond pastry. enjoy!

                            1. MB fka MB Jan 4, 2007 01:35 AM

                              Taza Chocolate is doing that chocolate lounge at Mariposa Bakery in Central Square (Thursdays, IIRC).

                              Limster and others posted about it a while back:

                              1. enhF94 Jan 4, 2007 01:29 AM

                                Burdick's Hot Chox is like drinking a candy bar. Mmm!

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