I never leave home without my mittens and knit hat, my breath is starting to come out in round puffs when I’m out (especially in the mornings) and today I actually saw some flurries gently float about outside my window at work. The crisp, colourful season of fall is far from being over in my book, but there’s no denying that we’re pretty much on the brink of hot chocolate season! And I am so excited to get the Hot Chocolate Series back up and running after a hot and sweltering summer and so far, a very rainy fall! I’m hoping to feature more flavoured hot chocolates (mint, candy cane, and even pumpkin and gingerbread!), more pretty “drink” art (maybe someone can create a snowflake in my hot chocolate for me!), and some decadent white hot chocolate drinks if I can get my hands on some.
Even though I think eating ice cream during winter is more common among folks than drinking hot chocolate in the summer, I’m sure there are some who sip their hot chocolates all year-round. If you’re one of those someones, this post may not whip your cream much but if you’re the type that sticks to hot chocolate when the weather outside is frightful (or you know, just chilly), you’ll be happy to see this Hot Chocolate Series Year in Review recap! Just in time to get some great ideas on where to go to get that cup of chocolatey goodness! Below is a recap of all the hot chocolate drinks that have been featured on Ate by Ate:
- Blow-Torched Marshmallow Hot Chocolate at Bobbette & Belle || December 21, 2012 – $4.25; quite possibly the most decadent hot chocolate you will ever lay your sweet teeth and lips on. Rich, thick, and luxurious! Not to mention ooey gooey from the marshmallow (1121 Queen Street East)
- Hot Chocolate at Aroma Espresso Bar || January 15, 2012 – $3.85; nutty chocolate pralines, rich and decadent. One of several different hot chocolate drinks here (locations all over Toronto, click HERE to see them)
- Hot chocolate at Dark Horse Espresso Bar || April 30, 2012 – $3.09; soft, whippy and foamy with drink art! (215 Spadina Ave., 682 Queen St. East & 684 Queen St. West)
- Hot Chocolate at L’Espresso Bar Mercurio || February 18, 2012 – $3.20; frothy, light and mik chocolatey (321 Bloor Street West)
- Nutella Hot Chocolate at Le Gourmand || November 21, 2012 – $2.99; nutty, fudgy, rich, and decadent with Nutella’s signature hazelnut flavour woven into a creamy hot chocolate. One of many hot chocolates at this cafe! (438 Richmond Street West)
- Peppermint Hot Chocolate at La Merceria || November 29, 2012 – $3; creamy and wintery fresh and perfect for mint chocolate fans! A lot of depth in flavour with notes of dark chocolate and a hint of spice from the cinnamon stick; like a chocolate peppermint patty but better! (506 Adelaide Street West)
- Raspberry Hot Chocolate at Coffee Zone || January 25, 2012 – $2.49; fruity and creamy, with a whole slew of other flavoured hot chocolate siblings! (30 Carlton St.)
And if that’s not enough chocolate for you, the first photo on this post features a delicious dark chocolate hot chocolate from Arepa Cafe on Queen St. West and the peppermint hot chocolate from Fresh is also fantastically fabulous! I haven’t put up actual posts for these two drinks simply because I don’t have enough photos to warrant a post (not to mention I don’t like the photos I took of my peppermint hot chocolate at Fresh so I’m waiting for the day I can do “re-takes”! Keep warm and cozy everyone!