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Review: Vosges Aztec Elixir Couture Cocoa

Review- Vosges Aztec Elixir Couture Cocoa1

Yeah, I'm not sure what they were thinking with that chili pepper.

Valentine’s Day is less than two weeks away. Do you know what you’re getting for your honey?

I hate to be a stereotype, but I do like my chocolate. And if your honey does, too, drinking chocolate might be something worth considering. It’s not that expensive — typically less than $20 for 8 oz., which will yield anywhere from five to ten servings. Plus you’ll get points for buying something that is actually for your honey. Unlike lingerie, which, let’s face it, isn’t just for your honey.

swiss missThe first time I had drinking chocolate was about five years ago. I was in Manhattan and strolled in to La Maison du Chocolat. After noting how impressively snooty the sales staff were, I decided on the drinking chocolate as a way to fend off the chilly air both inside and outside of the store. I’d never had it before and after the first sip it was obvious that this was not the Swiss Miss Cocoa Mix with Marshmallows I was raised on.

Drinking chocolate is basically chocolate pieces (pearls, shavings, chunks, etc.) melted in water or milk. That’s it. You can dress it up with spices or mini-marshmallows, but in its purest form it’s simple and delicious. It’s also deceptively rich. I struggled to finish that cup from La Maison and that I had to struggle to finish good chocolate was really quite absurd.

The last time Rourke was in Las Vegas, he happened by a Vosges store and bought a box of their drinking chocolate mix for me. I’ve long been a fan of Vosges, with their interesting truffles and spicy chocolate bars, so was pretty excited to try the drinking chocolate (I think it’s technically a cocoa, but I’m not going to get in to the finer points of that here).

If you like the taste of Mexican Chocolate, I think you’ll like the Aztec Elixir. While rich, the chocolate is not at all sweet, and the spices add a subtle kick that helps with the richness. The only thing that was a little surprising to me was the inclusion of yellow maize in the mix. The bits were weird at first, but after a few sips it grew on me. Similar to how people like chewing on tapioca pearls as they drink bubble tea, but on a much smaller scale. This is what it looked like as I was drinking:

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See the little bits of yellow maize clinging to the side of the mug?

If you’d rather forego the spices and focus on a good drinking chocolate mix, though, I could vouch for:

There are a plethora of drinking chocolate mixes out there, though, so if you or your other have a favorite chocolate it’s worth doing a quick search to see if they also sell a mix.

    4 Comments

    1. marlon says:

      Jen, I hate you a little bit for introducing me to this. You know what I’m going to be thinking about all day at work? Thanks a lot. Now I’ll just have to find some…

    2. JL McNamara says:

      Anything I can do to help ;) I just did a quick search and it appears that the Naked Chocolate Cafe serves drinking chocolate in Philly. Oops, there I go, being helpful again….

    3. marlon says:

      I did know that about Naked Chocolate. But really… I’ve been there twice in the last 3 days. Not a good thing that there’s one 2 blocks from my new office.

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