What is the best Hot Chocolate in Houston?
Any thoughts on the best places in Houston to get a hot chocolate? Do you have any favourites?
I write a blog called www.ultimatehotchocolate.com. Basically I travel around the world testing out hot chocolates and writing about my experiences and the places I visit (with lots of pictures!). I'm keen to tray a few good ones while I'm here and would love your advice.
Please do let me know!
I do love a good hot chocolate, but I honestly don't think I've ever ordered it since moving to Houston (it doesn't get very cold here, and it's not offered many places, at least not as any sort of specialty). But the two places I have heard are good are 1) Hugo's (but like DoobieWah, I have not tried, so I can't personally vouch) and 2) The Chocolate Bar (I believe it's a "frozen" hot chocolate, so not sure if that's what you're looking for, and again, have not tried it personally!).
Here's another "I've heard but haven't tried" posts...
Hugo's does everything else so well, I'd put my money on their hot chocolate being terrific, too. They do serve "Mexico City-style churros and chocolate." Mexico City is famous for, among other things of course, their churrerias, where they sell not much besides freshly-made churros and an assortment of mugs of steaming hot chocolate to dip the churros into. The "Spanish-style" hot chocolate is very thick, more like a syrup, and not much good for drinking. It's perfect for dipping your hot, crusty churro into, but for drinking, you'd be well-advised to order one of the less-viscous varieties.
Honestly, I don't know why I haven't tried it at Hugo's. I keep meaning to, but then when I go, forget and order something else.
I think it's a pretty safe bet that it's wonderful, though.
And, speaking of Mexico City, it's a big hot chocolate town. I'd strongly suggest that Mr. UH Chocolate give it a go. For some reason, coffee isn't so popular in Mexico as one might think, and it's often not even brewed. It's instant powder. Nescafe and Sanka are ubiquitous.
Chocolate, on the other hand, is considered to be a gift from the gods. I don't think there's any other country on earth that has such a strong chocolate culture and history as Mexico, and "el DF" (as many Mexicans call Mexico City) is the center of it all. I'm no food historian but I think I remember reading somewhere that in the way-olden days, only the highest rulers and priests were allowed to drink it. When I visit I like to stay in El Centro and have breakfast every morning at El Cardenal, including several cups of their famously-sublime hot chocolate. Seems to me that they have several varieties of hot chocolate on the menu, and they're all wonderful. http://therepublika.com/2012/01/26/el-cardenal-mexico-citys-magical-factory/
And I'd also direct you to Churreria el Moro, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ni_loIRV080 - I dream about that place. Unfortunately, this video doesn't show the chocolate, but rest assured, there are several varieties of hot chocolate you can order to go with your churros.
And here's another: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQY0UDGGLYM&feature=related
The ancient peoples of Mexico and Mesoamerica were the first to discover chocolate: http://archive.fieldmuseum.org/chocolate/history.html
There's a goddess of chocolate - Ixcacao: http://www.goddessgift.com/goddess-my...
There's even a famous children's song about Mexico's hot chocolate (you have to say this with a Spanish accent, or it doesn't work):
Uno, dos, tres, cho
Uno, dos, tres, co
Uno, dos, tres, la
Uno, dos, tres, te
Chocolate chocolate bate bate chocolate.
I know you've put a lot of work into your list, but I didn't see anywhere in Mexico on it. Maybe it's there, but I just missed it. I don't know. I do know that I've traveled a lot and I'm sorry, but, in my view anyway, no list of the world's best hot chocolate could even be taken seriously without including the best of Mexico.
The land where it all began millennia ago.
Mexicans tend to consider their chocolate almost mystical. "Like Water for Chocolate" is a weird movie according to me, but the title refers to the almost boiling water used to melt the chocolate and is analogized to human attraction. The new Mexican restaurant La Fisheria off of Shepherd serves a fantastic cup of chocolate with their brown-bagged churros, but it is cold. Delicious.
Not to lapse into cliche, but the book (Like Water for Chocolate) was better... For some reason, the book seemed to make more sense, and each chapter began with a wonderful recipe. I bought it back when it first came out, and still refer to it from time to time.
And that brings up a good point about Mexican hot chocolate. Traditionally it was usually made with water, not milk, and it often still is. The difference is similar to eating a milk chocolate candy bar vs a dark chocolate candy bar. The hot chocolate made with water is much darker, with a stronger chocolate flavor.
In fact, my favorite method is Mexican chocolate and water, topped with some sweetened whipped cream. When you sip, you draw that hot dark rich chocolate up through the cool sweet cream.
It's my idea of heaven in a cup. In fact, I'm salivating just thinking about it.