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, Queen Bean's.
Now direct from the hot chocolate scene Tamara narrates: gentle rain drops are watering my cheeks as I walk down Queen Street. Soon I step in to my haven from the rain, (A.KA. my next hot chocolate stop on the trail, the elegant Piano Cafe). With lunch hour fastly approaching a other few hungry people are beginning to trickle in from the soft showers as well and settle down for a lunch, the Piano Cafe's main attraction. I unfortunately do not have time to take a seat, so I quickly make my way to the counter in the back of the dinning room, where an employee gleefully pokes her head up and greets me.
"I'd like a hot chocolate, please."
She asks, "White hot chocolate or regular?"
"Regular." I reply, although white hot chocolate can be pretty good you can't compare it with traditional kind.
So she starts preparing my hot chocolate as I glance around the room.
"Do you want whip cream on it?" She asks.
I politely decline, this time not so much because of cream withdrawal because it's a seventy-five cents additional charge. Note: you can get a vanilla or caramel flavour shot also for an additional charge of seventy-five cents. We talk a little while she steams the milk in my hot chocolate and out comes this very inspirational quote from my server,
"Today's certainly warmer than yesterday... but it's still a good day for a hot chocolate."
Now, I'm presented with my lovely frothy hot chocolate.
I nervously sip through the "raise to-go cup lid", which so far has only led nearly scalding my taste buds, and am pleasantly relieved to discover that yes the hot chocolate's hot but no it's not burning me, nor do I feel at risk of being burned. This is the first perfect temperature hot chocolate I've had so far. The happy medium between piping hot and cool enough to enjoy the chocolaty flavour as it swims over your tongue.
As for that flavour that was swimming over my tongue I have to say I was let down a little, after paying four dollars and what with the temperature being so well rounded, the chocolaty flavour was but an undertone to the silky milk and sweet sugar. Regardless, this isn't a bad cup still, but just not my fave. It's best described as a hot frothy chocolate milk, which is great, although, I'm on the hunt for a warming thick and frothy but not sugary or oily dark hot chocolate.
Don't take my word for it though, if what I just described as my preferred hot chocolate is not yours, then judge for yourself with the handy-dandy score card below!
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