Stumptown Coffee in the uber-hipster Ace Hotel serves a delicious variety that's not as sweet, even almost bitter. It's a Mexican version that has hits of spice and richness to it. The barista poured melted chocolate into a cup then swirled in frothed milk. Just watching the production of it makes the mouth water.
Want a mix version to make at home? Jacque Torres has a yummy mix that's won a few awards though it's still better when they make it.
My fav, Donna Hay, serves up DIY mochas that would really end a dinner party in style. Chocolate curls, a shot of espresso or chocolate and steamy milk make a terrific (no cook) dessert on a cold night.
The real hero may be the chocolate used but the part that makes me smile is the marshmallows. And aren't they having their moment?? A way to raise the hot chocolate bar is add some fancy marshmallows in different colors, shapes and sizes. Marshmallows have replaced cupcakes as dessert du jour.
Here's some that I love....
plushpuffs.com come in six flavors and are delish!
Levity Gourmet Marshmellows also come in fun flavors but vanilla is my fav!
And good old Whole Foods carries organic homemade version too! Pick up a box to top off your next cup.