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mochas and hot chocolates - why can't they just be in a plain mug?

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My partner's pet peeve. Anyone know the reason why hot chocolatey drinks are often served in clear mug or glass? I'm hoping to find an answer so maybe he won't complain every time he orders one and yes, it's his go-to drink so I hear this all the time.

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  1. Why not just ask for it in a regular coffee mug?

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    1. re: pdxgastro

      That's a good point, I don't know why he hasn't thought of that! :)

      I still wonder if it's just for presentation or temperature or...?

    2. If it's at a sit down restaurant, it's could be so servers won't automatically top it off with plain coffee. At other places (coffee bar) , it's just a styling choice, I'd think.

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      1. re: toodie jane

        Could be just for presentation. I gew up in Las Vegas and spent my childhood in hotel coffee shops (while the parents spent their time in the casinos) and I was a hot chocolate drinker. It always came in thick white mugs with a huge cap of whipped cream. It was so good...I miss those days. The hot choclate in glass mugs - and even worse, in paper cups!- just doesn't taste the same.

      2. So you can see the pretty difference between the dark liquid and the whipped cream?

        1. Perhaps a conspiracy so he'll have something to complain about.

          1. Likely so we can easily spot and mock him.

            1. Thanks everyone for your replies - both the serious and funny comments! I'm inclined to agree it's for presentation reasons, especially when the drink comes in a glass without a handle and is too hot to even hold.

              It's interesting how some things are irksome to one person and not another. Something like this seems so arbitrary to me - but for him he needs to comment on it. I might try suggesting he ask for it in a regular mug - he already asks for no whip cream, anyways. :)