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Max Brenner's Chocolate Cafe

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The company's tag line, 'Chocolate by the bald man' gives nothing away...and does nothing to suggest to you why you should come inside. It's not great marketing, but maybe they don't have to worry...maybe they can get by on word of mouth alone. 'Cause frankly I've told everyone I know about Max and his chocolate.

I've had hot chocolate before – some good ones and some not so good ones, but the first time I went to Max Brenner's I had the best hot chocolate related experience of my life, because never before had I been served hot chocolate in it's raw form – hot milk and curls of chocolate. Someone – I don't know if it was the fabled Max, or if, like Santa, he's a magical chimera – has designed the perfect hot chocolate receptacle – a metal cylinder encased in china with an opening for a tea candle at the bottom, so you put your hot milk in there and the candle keeps it warm and to that you add the curls of chocolate to taste, which are melted by the candle on metal action – stirring with a metal spoon with a straw built into it. All that clever engineering, but it's totally worth it for the perfect cup of hot chocolate.

Obviously anyone who goes to that much trouble designing something like that is going to take care in the production of their ingredients as well – and the chocolate is up their with the best I've tasted – and I've tasted quite a lot. As well as the chocolate for the hot and cold drinks and the drool inducing deserts there are also a selection of boxed and tinned chocs – all presented beautifully as well – these guys really take care of every detail.

You can buy the paraphenailia as well – tear dropped shaped 'hug mugs' that keep your hands warm as well as your hot chocolate are a particularly lovely thing to have and lots of my close friends got one off me as a gift – along with a tin of hot chocolate curls of course.

Written by  Kat Mackintosh.

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