Archive for November, 2009

Fran’s Chocolates

November 21, 2009

The stormy November weather and the fast-falling darkness (is it just me, or did it get dark today at 3:30?) this weekend led me to seek the warm comfort of Fran’s hot chocolate. Does Fran’s have the best hot chocolate in Seattle? I can’t say for sure yet, because I haven’t tried them all (getting there), but I have to say it ranks right up there with the City Bakery in New York and That-Place-I-Can’t-Remember-Its-Name in Paris.

Not for the faint-of-heart, this hot chocolate is more like melted cocoa with butter and cream. It tastes nothing like the watery stuff you get at Starbucks – it is intense, gritty, and delicious. Drink it for a pick-me-up after a long day of shopping… or just after a long day.  And while you’re there, pick up a few chocolates – after all, that’s what they’re known for:

I was quite impressed with the selection of dark and bittersweet chocolates, but had to limit myself to just three as the little bitty pieces are not cheap: most are $1.50. I finally settled on Raspberry Truffle, Oolong Tea, and Dark Chocolate Caramel.

My favorite, naturally, was the raspberry. What is it about this magical combination that always makes me shine a little brighter?? Like the hot chocolate, the flavor was gritty and intense, and the raspberry was strong – just the way I like it. Still, while the chocolates would make a great gift for any chocolate lover this Christmas, I’m going back just for the cup of hot cocoa. You just can’t find that kind of happiness anywhere else.

Fran’s Chocolates has locations in the U-Village, Downtown, and Bellevue.