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Sugar Dome Cookies are a great snack to go alongside a hot chocolate.

Sugar Dome Cookies are a great snack to go alongside a hot chocolate.

Day 3: Ginger Hot Chocolate

City Bakery owner Maury Rubin said it best: “The ginger tiptoes around like a cat burglar on the roof of a Paris townhouse!”

Be sure to follow the City Bakery on Facebook, which is the place I found the quote from above: www.facebook.com/thecitybakery

Balloons at City Bakery.

Balloons at City Bakery.

Day 2: Espresso Hot Chocolate

Perhaps my taste buds are becoming more refined, but this is the first time in three years that I’ve actually been able to taste the espresso in the City Bakery’s Espresso Hot Chocolate. My verdict: it was delicious and jam packed with caffeine!

The sunken treasure in Sunken Treasure Hot Chocolate.

The sunken treasure in Sunken Treasure Hot Chocolate.

Day 1: Sunken Treasure Hot Chocolate

I typically stand by the rule that if you’re going to do something, do it big. Otherwise, it’s not worth doing. When I realized that the City Bakery was kicking off their Annual Hot Chocolate Festival with the historically lame Sunken Treasure Hot Chocolate, my initial thought was that they were, as they say, screwin’ the pooch this year with the festival. As you may recall, my reviews of Sunken Treasure have not been that great over the past 2 years.

As my normal enthusiasm waned for the festival (this 60 degree weather in NYC isn’t helping), I dragged myself into the bakery for a taste. As I stood in line, I couldn’t shake the feeling that I was about to be taken on a total ride, and by ride I mean the kind that leaves you car sick and exclaiming that you’ll never step foot in said vehicle again. But to my surprise, the minds behind the festival through a wrench into my Debbie Downer streak of whining.

Instead of the caramel sheet that was placed into the cup the past two years, leaving the drinker with cups of chewy goo in their mouth, the hot chocolate artisans revised their recipe. This year, I was pleasantly surprised to find small, individual salted caramel coins alongside a beautifully salted dark caramel truffle. The bonus is that instead of wondering if you’ll ever get the caramel off your teeth as in years past, I was able to enjoy the bottom of the cup treats with a spoon and really enjoy the flavor.

Way to up your game City Bakery. I’m excited to see your 2012 revisions to past flavors over the next 29 days.

Day 28: Surprise Finale Hot Chocolate

If I had to pick between 2010 and 2011 in regard to which year pulled off a better Hot Chocolate Festival, I’d have to go with last year. The flavor’s this year were either repeats from last year or uninspired versions of the same flavor.

In 2012, it would be nice to see some more variety. Perhaps more flavor?

Here are my suggestions:

  • Orange Peel Hot Chocolate
  • Root Beer Hot Chocolate
  • Bacon Hot Chocolate
  • Strawberry Hot Chocolate

What flavors would YOU like to see?

Day 27: Happy Hot Chocolate

A lot of people knock the simple combination of milk chocolate and vanilla, but any good chef will tell you the two compliment each other.

Day 26: Tropical Hot Chocolate

See my review from Day 4 of the Hot Chocolate Festival.

Day 25: Spicy Fig Hot Chocolate

Lesson Learned: don’t expect the City Bakery to make enough for everyone. They ran out of this flavor by the time I arrived.

Day 24: Beer Hot Chocolate

Despite the name change, check out my review from Day 6 of the Hot Chocolate Festival. They might have called it Super Bowl Hot Chocolate, but the secret ingredient was beer. Meh.

Shonen Knife’s Hot Chocolate (hat tip to @meredithmo)

Day 23: Banana Peel Hot Chocolate

See my review from Day 1 of City Bakery’s Hot Chocolate Festival.

Sugar Dome Cookies are a great snack to go alongside a hot chocolate.

Sugar Dome Cookies are a great snack to go alongside a hot chocolate.

Day 3: Ginger Hot Chocolate

City Bakery owner Maury Rubin said it best: “The ginger tiptoes around like a cat burglar on the roof of a Paris townhouse!”

Be sure to follow the City Bakery on Facebook, which is the place I found the quote from above: www.facebook.com/thecitybakery

Balloons at City Bakery.

Balloons at City Bakery.

Day 2: Espresso Hot Chocolate

Perhaps my taste buds are becoming more refined, but this is the first time in three years that I’ve actually been able to taste the espresso in the City Bakery’s Espresso Hot Chocolate. My verdict: it was delicious and jam packed with caffeine!

The sunken treasure in Sunken Treasure Hot Chocolate.

The sunken treasure in Sunken Treasure Hot Chocolate.

Day 1: Sunken Treasure Hot Chocolate

I typically stand by the rule that if you’re going to do something, do it big. Otherwise, it’s not worth doing. When I realized that the City Bakery was kicking off their Annual Hot Chocolate Festival with the historically lame Sunken Treasure Hot Chocolate, my initial thought was that they were, as they say, screwin’ the pooch this year with the festival. As you may recall, my reviews of Sunken Treasure have not been that great over the past 2 years.

As my normal enthusiasm waned for the festival (this 60 degree weather in NYC isn’t helping), I dragged myself into the bakery for a taste. As I stood in line, I couldn’t shake the feeling that I was about to be taken on a total ride, and by ride I mean the kind that leaves you car sick and exclaiming that you’ll never step foot in said vehicle again. But to my surprise, the minds behind the festival through a wrench into my Debbie Downer streak of whining.

Instead of the caramel sheet that was placed into the cup the past two years, leaving the drinker with cups of chewy goo in their mouth, the hot chocolate artisans revised their recipe. This year, I was pleasantly surprised to find small, individual salted caramel coins alongside a beautifully salted dark caramel truffle. The bonus is that instead of wondering if you’ll ever get the caramel off your teeth as in years past, I was able to enjoy the bottom of the cup treats with a spoon and really enjoy the flavor.

Way to up your game City Bakery. I’m excited to see your 2012 revisions to past flavors over the next 29 days.

Day 28: Surprise Finale Hot Chocolate

If I had to pick between 2010 and 2011 in regard to which year pulled off a better Hot Chocolate Festival, I’d have to go with last year. The flavor’s this year were either repeats from last year or uninspired versions of the same flavor.

In 2012, it would be nice to see some more variety. Perhaps more flavor?

Here are my suggestions:

  • Orange Peel Hot Chocolate
  • Root Beer Hot Chocolate
  • Bacon Hot Chocolate
  • Strawberry Hot Chocolate

What flavors would YOU like to see?

Day 27: Happy Hot Chocolate

A lot of people knock the simple combination of milk chocolate and vanilla, but any good chef will tell you the two compliment each other.

Day 26: Tropical Hot Chocolate

See my review from Day 4 of the Hot Chocolate Festival.

Day 25: Spicy Fig Hot Chocolate

Lesson Learned: don’t expect the City Bakery to make enough for everyone. They ran out of this flavor by the time I arrived.

Day 24: Beer Hot Chocolate

Despite the name change, check out my review from Day 6 of the Hot Chocolate Festival. They might have called it Super Bowl Hot Chocolate, but the secret ingredient was beer. Meh.

Shonen Knife’s Hot Chocolate (hat tip to @meredithmo)

Day 23: Banana Peel Hot Chocolate

See my review from Day 1 of City Bakery’s Hot Chocolate Festival.

Marshmallow.

Marshmallow.

Day 3: Ginger Hot Chocolate
Day 2: Espresso Hot Chocolate
Day 1: Sunken Treasure Hot Chocolate
Day 28: Surprise Finale Hot Chocolate
Day 27: Happy Hot Chocolate
Day 26: Tropical Hot Chocolate
Day 25: Spicy Fig Hot Chocolate
Day 24: Beer Hot Chocolate
Day 23: Banana Peel Hot Chocolate

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A month-long journey through New York City's Annual Hot Chocolate Festival, hosted by The City Bakery. This blog is now in its third year as of 2012.

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