Eeee, I’m so excited to be making the first Hot Chocolate Series post of 2014! I promised you all I would try my best to add more goodies to the series this winter so I’m hoping this is just the beginning. And it couldn’t have come at a better time. Even though these past few days have been mild, temperatures are going to dip below freezing again which means we need plenty of hot drinks like these to warm us up. I’m really happy I was able to take these photos and make this post because I actually wanted to have it up and running much earlier, during the holidays (remember how I said I bussed northbound on Avenue Road the Monday after the ice storm in yesterday’s post? I was en route to the Aroma Espresso Bar near Avenue Road and Wilson hoping to try this hot chocolate and get photos but the whole street was knocked out of power! Hence the detour. I ended up rescheduling at the King & Spadina location for these shots a week later.)
Such is life. Sigh.
As well, I’ve been so focused and preoccupied with tea for the past few months I haven’t given hot chocolate the love it deserves (that and apple cider. But that’s a whole ‘nother can of worms.) There are so many delicious varieties just waiting to be slurped and savoured from cafes and restaurants all across the city but I’ll sheepishly admit it’s been hard steering my attention towards other beverages when all I can think of is what type of tea I want to spoon into my mesh ball when I wake up in the morning! There’s no reason why I can’t enjoy both though, especially with all the fun flavours and toppings places are experimenting with, like the gorgeous fluffy, chocolately, marshmallowy masterpiece at Aroma Espresso Bar!
New to the drink menu this winter, Aroma Espresso Bar’s S’mores Hot Chocolate ($4.80 medium) is everything you could want in a hot chocolate drink that screams, “I’m so fab I could be your bff at a posh ski lodge!” It really does have all the bells and whistles: chunks of Aroma’s creamy milk chocolate melted in steamed milk and melted marshmallows, topped with cocoa, graham cracker crumbs and giant pillow-soft marshmallows! It is a thing of beauty and it tastes delicious. The drink is creamy and frothy on top and rich and decadent as you get closer to the bottom where all the melted chocolate has been mixed in. The giant marshmallows are super soft and the graham cracker crumbs totally elevate the drink, living up to its s’mores name. And surprisingly enough, it’s not a sugar bomb! I mean, it’s sweet and everything in it and on it is sweet but the sweetness isn’t overwhelming. It’s fun and dessert-like without being over the top flavour-wise.
I’m hoping to get my hands (and tastebuds) on some mint hot chocolate and others this winter (as well as the hot chocolate at Fresh which I’ve tried but never took posted photos of because they didn’t look nice) so we’ll see how the hunt goes! Cheers and stay warm, everyone!
Aroma Espresso Bar is an Israeli espresso and coffee chain with over 100 locations worldwide. There are numerous branches in and around Toronto, with shops in Thornhill and Vaughan. Click here to view the list of Toronto and GTA locations.