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Feb 25, 2007 12:01 AM

The Worst Hot Chocolate

I just went to the Max Brenner's on 2nd Ave tonight and ordered a Mexican Hot Chocolate. It cost $4.55 for a small cup to go. Its hot chocolate infused with red chili, nutmeg, cinnamon and pepper. This had to be the worst hot chocolate I've had in my life, bar none!! All I tasted was some nutmeg and a whole lotta chili and pepper. I had to throw it out after 3 sips as it kept getting hotter and hotter with no discernable chocolate taste.
I just believe that chocolate should be the star player in hot "chocolate" and that all other infusions, add-ins or whatever you may call them should play a supporting role. Sure they should be present and sneak up towards the end to provide some extra flavor and/or heat, but they should in no way dominate to the point that the flavor of the main ingredient ends up getting hijacked. If I had to choose between this or getting a box brand powder, I'd rather make Swiss Miss or Carnation at home than drink this again.

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  1. I agree w/you about the regular flavored hot chocolates. I once tried the toffee (I think) hot chocolate and it was weak and runny w/only a toffee candy taste. If you're going to get any of the hot chocolates there, get the Italian style hot chocolate, which is rich and thick. City Bakery is still my favorite.

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    1. Interesting, I never had any of Max Brenner's flavored hot chocolates but really enjoyed some kind of hot espresso/chocolate beverage that was supposedly only 100 calories. It was small, but satisfying.

      1. I had the Mexican hot chocolate there and thought it was pretty good, though not the best I've ever had. In mine the spices were not overwhelming and the chocolate came through strongly - maybe you had a badly prepared cup?

        1. La Maison du Chocolat has the best cup of hot chocolate in the city. Yes, you will pay $8 for it, but it's a big cup of liquid chocolate! Opt for the "to go" cup, which is larger than the "to stay" cup. It's really big enough for two people to share. I have not found a better cup of hot chocolate in NY, and I have looked!

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          1. re: Non Cognomina

            I just tried another cup on Friday at $8.67 per cup. I found it thin and weak.

          2. Max Brenner's Italian hot chocolate is a worthy second after City Bakery.