Sunday, February 7, 2016

Hot Chocolate Festival - Koko Monk Chocolates

Koko Monk Chocolates Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato If you are looking for hot chocolates with very interesting flavours, then Koko Monk is the winner. Not only that, they offer vegan options for all their Hot Chocolate Festival 2016 entries. Past entries are still available as the best ones are retained in their slowly expanding roster of hot chocolates.
It's a pretty tiny place but there is one booth that can seat maybe 6-8 persons.

We tried the 3-chocolate flights. Two flights came to $21 after tax before tip for three 4oz glasses per flight. You also get your choice of one macaron per flight (value $2). So it works out to about $8.50 to try three hot chocolates -- still less than a single Hot Chocolate Festival drink at a place like Thierry.

Istanbul Blues
  • Very interesting gingery-peppery flavour.
Rashomon
  • Interesting and complex flavour. Gently sweet with matcha and sake flavour notes. Definitely recommended unless you need your hot chocolate to be chocolate-y.
Harem A La Turca
  • Bitter, almost coffee-like in flavour.
  • Not my pic as I don't drink and this has Cognac, which does lend it a strong flavour. I didn't like it because of that, but I'm biased being a non-drinker.
TIP: Stir your hot chocolate periodically! Otherwise you are likely to end up with a bitter sludget at the bottom.
TIP: Use the provided long spoons to get at the thick decorative drips of chocolate on the inside of the mugs.

Koko Monk makes their chocolate from scratch -- starting with the cocoa beans. Their individual chocolates look like abstract art pieces and are certainly beautiful to look at. For more recognizable shapes (and Valentine's options), I'd recommend something like Chocolate Arts instead.

2016-Feb-7 Koko Monk - Hot Chocolate Festival 2016 - hot chocolate flight (l-r) Istanbul, Rashomon, Harem

2016-Feb-7 Koko Monk - Hot Chocolate Festival 2016 - Istanbul Blues

2016-Feb-7 Koko Monk - Hot Chocolate Festival 2016 - Rashomon

2016-Feb-7 Koko Monk - Hot Chocolate Festival 2015 but still available - Harem A La Turca

2 comments:

  1. Thank you for the beautiful photography and elegant writing.

    Paul D

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  2. Thank you for the beautiful photography and elegant writing.

    Paul D

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