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 first stop at the Durham Homestyle Gourmet. Then she made her second hopeful stop at The Pantry Shelf.
Now we find our hero talking in present tense... it is only a quarter after six and only the street lights kept my sister and I from waling in utter darkness. It was not just dark out but I am also in the dark about whether or not I'll make it to my next hot chocolate stop at the Cafe Mocha. All my other stops are open no later than five thirty, so I am doubtful that this locale would be any different. With this concern in mind I do a quick web search for their hours, with no avail.
The Cafe Mocha is owned and operated by the same owners of Pickles & Olives Bistro, that adjoins the Cafe. I reasoned, more so hoped, that the Cafe would keep the same hours as the Bistro which remained open until nine o'clock. Back to the present tense: My sister and I stroll north down Water Street stopping under the Cafe Mocha's shingle. I sigh "still open." Into the classic cafe we go and straight to the cash. It's quiet a wait before we see any employees walk past.
I ask the employee "Can I get a hot chocolate?"
"I'm not in charge of that actually," she responds "I just a dishwasher but I'll get you someone who can help you." She walks in the adjoining Pickles and Olives and sends a waitress our way.
I soon learn that all the action of these two businesses (Cafe Mocha and Pickles & Olives) takes place on the Pickles & Olives side of the restaurant as to make my hot chocolate she haste to go back to the Pickles & Olives side, despite it being an order from the Cafe Mocha. But after a minute I have my steaming hot chocolate in hand and all I have to do is pay the $1.75 ($1.98 with tax, $2.00 with penny rounding). I would have been $2.50 (before tax and rounding)) if I had opted into adding real whipped cream, but I didn't feel like paying the extra charge.
Now we leave the store and I try my genuine Cafe Mocha hot chocolate, and in my opinion it was the best yet. However, the other two I've heard so far had added cream/whipped-cream and that may have been the variable making my Cafe Mocha hot chocolate taste more chocolaty than those from Durham Homestyle Gourmet and The Pantry Shelf. But take a look at the score card below and compare it with those in my previous hot chocolate trail articles to find the one you'd prefer most (tell me about it in the comments below I really would love to her what you find appealing in a hot chocolate)!
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