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Hot Chocolate Festival 2015: Bel Cafe

Woohoo! Second hot chocolate stop and I hope it isn’t my last one of the year. If you haven’t gone to one yet, you better go treat yourself before Feb 14.

After my lunch at Chambar with Stephanie, we decided that we should go check out a Hot Chocolate Festival since we had time to kill. Our first option was Soirette, but since it wasn’t too convenient to make a trip there, Bel Cafe was the second runner up.

The place was packed when we got there and many of the customers were there for either lunch or the Hot Chocolate Festival. Since it was only two of us, we got to sit at the high tables inside the restaurant. If you’re going with a large group around lunch time, you might have to wait awhile.

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Tahitian Dream

What’s in it: 32% Valrhona Dulcey Chocolate, Dulcey-Dipped Coconut Marshmallow and Tahitian Vanilla Bean Shortbread.

For those who don’t know what dulcey is, it is a type of white chocolate in which the milk solids have been caramelized, giving the hot chocolate a milky and toasty taste.

Do not, and I repeat, do not just eat the marshmallow. It will be too sweet so do what I did, flip the coconut side of the marshmallow into the hot chocolate and let it melt in. After that, just enjoy your warm and rich hot chocolate.

To me, the best thing about the Tahitian Dream isn’t really the hot chocolate , instead it was the Tahitian Vanilla Bean Shortbread. Sweet Jesus, that was some delicious, buttery, soft, slightly crumbly and vanilla flavoured shortbread. I wanted to buy a box of them!

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