hot cocoa tops red wine and tea in antioxidants

hot cocoa  In Spain, hot chocolate and churros was the traditional working-man’s breakfast.

Now that sounds like a fabulous breakfast!  Also a very unhealthy one… Fortunately scientists have proven that hot cocoa has 2 times the antioxidants of wine, and 2-3 times of green tea.  So for all you hot cocoa lovers out there, at least you can say you are being semi-healthy 🙂  Of course green tea has no sugar, so I still think it’s better than hot cocoa in general.

So we finally have hot cocoa in the new Starbucks Interactive Cup Brewer!  5pm in the afternoon is not exactly prime time to drink hot cocoa when it’s 80 degrees outside, but I must try the latest and greatest.  Unfortunately… it’s just ok.  It pretty much tastes like any instant hot cocoa.  The positive?  It’s HOT!  It burns my tongue… just the way I like it.  But flavor wise, it’s not that chocolately, and I’ve definitely had better.

If you want real hot cocoa, you must go to Bittersweet Cafe located in SF and Oakland.  They have around 8 different types of hot cocoa and all are fantabulous!  Rich and creamy, a true chocolate lover’s delight!  And the best part is you have the option of adding a giant home made marshallow. mmmmm..  They also have a wall of high end, fancy chocolate bars that you just can’t resist buying.  So if you’re ever in the Fillmore area in SF, definitely stop by and grab yourself a cup of hot cocoa.  The bittersweet is perfect if you’re a dark chocolate lover (a true chocolate lover prefers dark chocolate – 70~80% is optimal).  If you want a little kick, go for the Spicy!  And if you just want to enjoy a good cup of hot cocoa, go for the classic.  I’m telling you, if you like chocolate, you will love this place!


September 26, 2006. Food and Beverages.


  1. Gordon replied:

    Yeah, the texture is creamy and smooth but the taste is nothing to write home about. Maybe it needs some whipped cream?

  2. Banin replied:

    I think the hot chocolate needs about twice and much chocolate as it has now. There should be some kind of dial on the starbucks machine to turn up the chocolate goodness.

    It is super hot, I burned my tongue on it because I wasn’t careful enough. Super hot is better than not hot enough though, because you can always let it cool (and if you add marshmallows they melt into that nice creamy goo).

    Mmm, marshmallow goo.

  3. Chux replied:

    You can make the Hot Cocoa more chocolaty by switching to another cup when the up is 80% full. Because the clear hot water comes out at the end, you max out the chocolate content in your main cup. I always do that at 7-11, except i just remove my cup at the end and make a mess around the hot chocolate machine. I am not sure which one is worse.. make a mess? or waste a cup?

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