Previously on The Hot Chocolate Adventure Tamara Green explained why she has taken to the streets of Port Perry to find the number one hot chocolate! And made her stops at: Durham Homestyle Gourmet, The Pantry Shelf, Cafe Mocha, Millar's Market.
Now direct from the hot chocolate scene Tamara is quoted as having said: a brisk walk in the frigid air it was to my next stop, Queen Bean's, on Queen Street. So when I enter the curious shop, do I dart to the counter and order my hot chocolate in a blustery hurry to warm up? No. My mother and I explore the unique collection of finely crafted products they sell; everything from Eco friendly scrub brushes to mind boggling IQ tests to finely woven clothing.
However, soon enough we work our way the cafe counter, situated in the centre of the store. Before I was I spied the hot chocolate, up on the chalk board menu, my eyes take a detour to the lovely selection of gluten free baked goods that are conscientiously served (I say this because several times while there the employee was doing her job of making sure that the items were 100% GF). Finally, I see the hot chocolate on the board listed with the option of small, medium, and large. I choose a medium for the medium mean price of two fifty before tax. Also available for a fifty cent charge are flavour shots.
"Do you want whip cream on that?" Asked the bright server.
Though it was complementary, I declined, still a little whip creamed out from my previous stops. Then I waited just a minute for the drink to be freshly prepared, in a big metal cup and then poured into a good sized mug. She handed me my frothy beverage and my mother and I found ourselves a seat by the window.
Now for the first sip from my warm beverage! First impressions were the most definite this time, probably from the practice I've been a gaining at analyzing hot chocolate lately.
So what were my impressions? It tastes real, I thought, like cocoa made with real sugar not sweeteners. It reminds me slightly of Millar's Market's hot chocolate in that it to a much more muted degree drags on the tongue. Similarly it tastes like chocolate ice-cream but also mixed with chocolate pudding. Like pudding this was the first thick hot chocolate I've had so far, not that it was as thick as pudding but you could see it somewhat beveled at the edge of the cup where the hot chocolate meet it.
So what are my opinions on the Queen Bean's hot chocolate? This luxurious cup is definitely for those who love chocolate and sweets. But for those who like 90% chocolate or a piping hot cup keep journeying with me because this cup is likely too sweet or cold for you. Note this cup is not cold but not piping hot.
Don't just take my word for it take a look at the score card below and draw your own conclusions about Queens Bean's hot chocolate. And hey, let me know what your verdict on Queen Bean's is, I'd really like to hear!
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