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[PDX] Hot Chocolate: Baker & Spice, Criollo, Mio, Moonstruck, Pix, Sahagun, Starbucks

extramsg | Jan 25, 200605:48 PM

Finally wrote up my hot chocolate report that had been languishing in notes form for a while.

I would put them in this order, from worst to best:

7) Moonstruck's Chocolate Truffle
6) Mio Gelato's Chocolate Caldo
5) Starbuck's Chantico
4) Baker & Spice's (mainly for those marshmallows)
3) Pix's Chocolate Chaud
2) Criollo's
1) Sahagun's

I feel pretty confident about numbers 1, 2, and 7. The rest could be mixed around a bit and I'd still feel like that was fair. None were bad, though. They're all such as step up from what we're used to as Americans growing up on Swiss Miss, Hershey's Syrup, and diner cocoa, that I can enjoy all of them.

Truly, though, the one that's special, the one that sets the bar, is Sahagun's. There is more distance between the quality of numbers 1 and 2 than between 2 and 6.

Here's what I wrote on my top 10 of the year (when this made number five):

"Being a connoisseur of churros and chocolate in Mexico, I expected a nice drinking chocolate, properly aerated. I didn't expect a liquid truffle that would redefine how I think of hot chocolate. It's easily the best cup of chocolate I've eaten. Plus, she changes the variety she uses each month."

I was hoping someone would give her real competition, but it hasn't happened yet. I'd love it if Criollo and Pix improved because I'm often at those two places anyway.



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