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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?).