Editor's note: Until Christmas, we'll have a hot chocolate report for you. 'Tis the season. Today, the fancy Vosges shop in SoHo.
Price: $5 for eight ounces
The deal: Vosges is responsible for Mo's Bacon Bar, so upon entering the SoHo chocolate shop, I had visions of a porky cocoa concept. Sigh. The sipping chocolates came in three baconless flavors: the "Aztec Elixir" with dark chocolate, chilies, and cinnamon, the "Parisienne" with dark chocolate and vanilla bean, and a white chocolate stepsister called "Bianca." All three were of the thick-goopy category; definitely not "light."
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My spicy tolerance is pretty high, so the Aztec Elixir didn't have me sweating or tearing—a little disappointing. I wanted more bite. The Parisienne was fine, but not vanilla beany enough. None of these was bad, just not memorable. Note to Vosges: get on the bacon cocoa, stat.
Vosges Haut Chocolat
132 Spring Street, New York NY 10079 (map)