Inside Ritz-Carlton Vienna: Europe’s Best Hot Chocolate

Ritz-Carlton Hot Chocolate
The Ritz-Carlton Vienna claims to have Vienna’s best hot chocolate. I am no expert, but it was the best I’ve ever had. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

It’s not a claim that you see often, but hey, all travel products seek differentiation. What makes the Ritz-Carlton Vienna different? While all hotels can say they have great service and great accommodations (although Ritz-Carlton Vienna’s really does excel), not all can claim to have their city’s best hot chocolate. Ritz-Carlton Vienna does make such a claim. Is it a valid one? I’m no expert (although I do love chocolate), but I’d venture to an enthusiastic yes.

I spent about 30 minutes with Ritz-Carlton’s Tristan K. R. Mißner, who explained the concept to me. The hot chocolate begins with pure dark chocolate, 72 percent or higher cocoa content, which is melted and mixed only with water.

At 16 euros, the hot chocolate here is an experience and an education. Mißner and his staff are finding that guests spend from 45 minutes to 90 minutes lingering over cups of the tasty beverage. You can also do a fondue of sorts, dipping berries and fruits into the chocolate.

For chocolate lovers, it is hard to think of a better way to spend an hour in the heart of Vienna.

Hot Chocolate Ritz-Carlton Vienna
The hot chocolate is made from melted chocolate and only a small amount of water added. Guests may add whipped cream or milk if they wish. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle
Ritz-Carlton's Tristan K. R. Mißner
Ritz-Carlton’s Tristan K. R. Mißner informs a guest about the different varieties of chocolate used. Although a cup of hot chocolate goes for a hefty 16 euros, you get a lot more than a cup of warmth. I would characterize it as an experience not to be missed when in Vienna. Plan to spend at 45 minutes or double that to enjoy the presentation and consumption. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

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