New Thing #286: Soma Mayan Hot Chocolate

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What better way to warm up on a cold winter night than with a cup of Mayan Hot Chocolate form Soma chocolatiers?

Firstly, I’ve never had a proper Mayan style hot chocolate that incorporates chilies into the mix. Secondly, I’ve been told repeatedly that Soma makes the best hot chocolate in Toronto from multiple sources over the years.

And as luck would have it, we strolled right past Soma tonight after a rather enjoyable dinner at Wvrst. We quickly ducked inside and grabbed a couple of drinks to go that wound up keeping us nice and warm on our way to the subway. 

And it was absolutely delicious.

I don’t know how I can have hot chocolate without chilies ever again. Their slight bite was the perfect complement to the sweet, rich chocolate they accompanied. The liquid was smooth and velvety all the way down and the foam on top just gave it that little extra bit of silkiness that it needed.

I think I’ll skip the espresso shops nearby next time I go on a cold day and head straight in for another cup of this sweet hot chocolate instead.

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New Thing #270: Tim Hortons Latte

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Tim Hortons is selling espresso based drinks now. So, yeah, I couldn’t resist trying a latte today from the donut slingers down the street. I think you can safely guess how high my expectations were going into this one.

I’ll say this: Tim Hortons makes a fine cup of warm milk.

For the life of me I couldn’t taste anything resembling coffee in this mechanically made mess. At least the milk wasn’t scalded though, so I could at least treat it like a bland hot chocolate to warm me up on the walk back to the office. And were the chocolate sprinkles really neccessary Nice Lady Behind The Counter? 

So, the good news is that it didn’t make me wretch. The bad news is that it isn’t a latte by any stretch of the imagination.

New Thing #234: Make Hot Chocolate From Scratch

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This one seems like a no-brainer, but no, I’ve never made my own hot chocolate before. I’ve always been one of those Carnation kids.

Thankfully, this is another one of those new things that I could involve Audrey in. Anything that lets her pour one thing into another thing is just the bee’s knees to her.

Also, I seem to have an abundance of homemade marshmallows to make my way through before they go stale. And what better way to do that than watch them slowly dissolve into some cocoa and milk.

I went a little fancy with this one; first infusing the milk with some cinnamon sticks while it simmered and then adding a touch of vanilla extract to the individual mugs at the end. The result was a silky smooth and just sweet enough chocolatey concoction.

The best part is that there’s only four ingredients to keep track of compared to what goes into that canned stuff. (Plus chocolate shavings, but I don’t count them.)

New Thing #232: Make Homemade Marshmallows

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I ran across a recipe for marshmallows online one day and realized that they really aren’t that difficult to make. Well, not if you have a stand mixer and a rainy afternoon in which to entertain a four year old.

This has to have been the most fun I’ve had making a dessert. Audrey seemed to have a good time with it too. I can’t wait until the morning when I can slice ’em up and give some a try.

I almost hope tomorrow is as cold and damp as today was just so I can have the best cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows ever!

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