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The Hot Chocolate Taste Test

To date, I’ve had my fair share of hot chocolate. Whether it’s homemade or ordered over the counter; it’s the ultimate indulgent drink. It offers warmth and comfort and, whatever the season, it’s always a pretty perfect treat. I sipped on many a cup of the stuff over the last six months and I decided to take some snaps and make a few notes along the way. The result is this taste test where I compare the hot chocolate from five of the main coffee shops in Ireland.

Starbucks

Price: €3.25 for a medium cup with whipped cream

Presentation: Foamy and luxurious in a chic and sturdy cup

Taste: Light, sweet and creamy. I also loved the frothy foam and there was plenty of it.

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BB’s

Price: I got the muffin and hot chocolate deal for €4.95 so not sure how much the individual drink was!

Presentation: A bit meh although I liked the tall sleek glass

Taste: Honestly? It was pretty bland. I like their muffins but this hot choc was disappointing.

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Costa

Price: €3.40 for a medium cup and an extra 50cents for whipped cream (ouch!)

Presentation: Creamy and indulgent in an elegant embossed glass

Taste: Full and frothy flavour. Satisfying and moreish all at once.

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Quigley’s

Price: €3 for a medium cup with marshmallows (no cream available)

Presentation: Again served in a tall glass; the melting marshmallows created a pretty silky topping

Taste: Sweet to start but towards the end, it became a bit bland.

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O’Brien’s

Price: €2.75 for a small cup with cream and marshmallows

Presentation: Rich and decadent and served in a proper cup with a saucer. Comes with a luscious choccie on the side – bonus!

Taste: Mostly incredibly indulgent but sadly the last third of the cup was just a bit weak.

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Overall:

It’s quite a bit more expensive compared to the others but I would probably still choose Costa’s hot chocolate as my favourite. Starbucks and O’Brien’s would tie for second. I doubt I’ll go to BB’s or Quigley’s for their hot chocolate again but I will say that BB’s do have a great selection of muffins and I’d highly recommend Quigley’s mint mocha (it’s nice to be nice, right?).

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7 thoughts on “The Hot Chocolate Taste Test

  1. As I don’t drink coffee I always end up with a hot chocolate in coffee shops and I would agree Costa’s is the best. It’s not too sweet as I often find some retailers make hot chocolate way too sweet to the point were they may as well just serve sugared milk as there’s no rich chocolate taste.

    I really wish Costa would do mugs instead of those glasses though I find them so hard work…the handles are too small!! Sometimes, even though I prefer Costa’s hot chocolate, I will go to Starbucks if it’s nearby because I hate those tall glasses so much. I’m too fussy lol!

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  2. Even though i’m not in Ireland and don’t have access to any of the hot chocolates you tried (except for Starbucks – which I agree is pretty good!), I love this post – I have a soft spot for hot chocolate 🙂

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