Christchurch Hot Chocolate

My email has been acting up recently so it’s taken me a while to realise that I actually have a couple of real messages amongst all the ridiculous spam that crams up my inbox. One of the more interesting mails was from the recently opened and wonderfully named Ya-Ya House of Excellent Teas (see below) which sounds well worth checking out if you’re in Christchurch. For those in search of spicy hot chocolate in Dublin, Fallon & Byrne do a too-mild version which is worth trying out but it can’t beat the stuff you make at home yourself and sip by the fire on a cold, dark autumn’s night…

Hi Caroline,
I’m aware that your post about chocolate & chilli on www.bibliocook.com is now more than a year old, but I recently remembered reading it a long time ago. I remembered reading about someone (you) here in Christchurch being interested in hot chocolates. We just opened Ya-Ya House of Excellent Teas last month in the Poplar Street/Cotters Lane area (just a block away from the mentioned Aji) and hot chocolate with chilli is on our menu as an alternative to tea. We moved here from Europe last year and were desperate in our search for a good hot chocolate. It was impossible to find any place that served a good hot chocolate, so we decided to do it ourselves.
Jo

Caroline

Caroline

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5 Responses

  1. Rebecca says:

    For me the best instant hot chocolate powder is the Fair Trade version called Coco Direct, perhaps its just the combination of the feel good factor of fair trade, coupled with the most enticing image on packaging I’ve ever seen … but it does taste feckin gorgeous!!! 40% cocoa solids also does its fair share to enhance the experience!

  2. barbara says:

    I have plans to visit Christchurch early 2007 so will add this to my list.

  3. Caroline says:

    Thanks for the tip, Rebecca. I did try Green & Black’s Maya Gold organic hot chocolate but it wasn’t chocolaty enough for me so maybe the Coco Direct would suit a little better. It certainly sounds worth a try.Barbara – when are you going to Chch? I’m going to be there in early January 2007. Is there any chance that we would both be around at the same time and able to meet up, for some tea or chilli hot chocolate, perhaps?!

  4. eimear says:

    That chilli hot chocolate in Fallon and Byrne is fab but recently had a chilli chocolate pudding desert which I will have to try and replicate!!

  5. Caroline says:

    Now, that sounds right up my street! Where did you come across it?

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