Monday, February 2, 2015

Hot Chocolate Festival 2015 - The Last Crumb Bakery - Triple Ginger Spiced Hot Chocolate

The Last Crumb Bakery & Cafe on UrbanspoonOn Saturday I did a Hot Chocolate Crawl for Hot Chocolate Festival 2015 with a fellow Yelper and we hit three places. The Last Crumb Bakery was the second stop.

It's actually a remarkably large place that feels a bit like a high school cafeteria. Spacious seating. Just one washroom and you need to ask for the key. Can I take points off for that?

(Please note that the bakery and cafe is closed on Mondays. See hours below.)
At The Last Crumb Bakery and Cafe they make their hot chocolate sauce in house from a rich, high quality Dutch Cocoa.

#39 - "TRIPLE GINGER SPICED HOT CHOCOLATE"

Triple ginger hot chocolate.
Served with handmade Ginger Apricot Sconscotti
(biscotti made from our delicious, handmade buttery scones.)
Available: January 17 - February 14

#40 - "CHOCOLATE CHERRY LUST"

Sour cherry hot chocolate.
Accompanied by a fluffy, handmade, vanilla speckled marshmallow. 
Available: January 17 - February 14

Triple Ginger Spiced Hot Chocolate ($6)
  • Not very gingery at all, definitely no chance of ginger burn. I didn't think to ask at the time but "triple ginger" might refer to having used three kinds of ginger, such as in this triple-ginger cookie recipe that uses ground, crystallized, and fresh ginger.
  • The sconscotti was rather token, maybe 5 inches long and a centimeter at its thickest. Chewy on the inside just like one of their scones -- it's basically a slice of their scone, baked again to have a crusty shell. Could see bits of apricot but with such a small sample it was neither gingery nor fruity. Waste of time. I hope I didn't pay too much extra for that to a hot chocolate that came in at $6 for the combo.
    • It seems like all the Hot Chocolate Festival offerings have some sort of accompaniment and I wonder if this was a Festival schtick, a way to add token value and increase the price, or genuinely something to enhance your experience of the hot chocolate.
Chocolate Cherry Lust ($6)
  • Strong sweet Maraschino cherry flavour that dominates over the hot chocolate. If you like that in your ice cream you might like this too. A bit off-putting for me actually but I'm biased because I'm not really partial to that much Maraschino cherry.
  • Rather big but flattish piece of marshmellow easily about the same as 3-4 regulation sized marshmellows.
Gluten-Free Browned Butter Brownie ($3.25)
  • Not as dense, heavy, or chocolatey as your typical fudge-type brownie.
  • Kind of flour-y tasting.

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