The cool weather of the Christmas Holidays just blew in and along with it comes the craving for traditional Christmas drinks like Hot Cocoa. One of my favorite refreshment for the season is the thick hot cocoa that our grandpa used to make out of tablea . Since he is no longer around, my mom whips out her own version for Noche Buena and Media Noche meals using the Alfonso brand of tablea discs. Whenever I feel like a nice cup of rich hot chocolate drink on an ordinary day I usually go to Dulcinea or Via Mare for their own rich chocolate drink versions. Recently, the Tsokonut Batirol Café or Tsoknut Café became one of my prospects for a hot chocolate drink on a regular day.
I have heard about the goodness of batirol hot chocolate drinks from Chocolate de Batirol in Baguio City but I haven’t had the chance to try it yet. Aside from the inviting ambiance of the café, it was my curiosity for the batirol drink that brought me to the store. The regular drinks at Tsoknut Café is priced at P80.00 and above while their pastries can go as low as P25.00. I got the regular Tsokolate Ah Batirol and Cheese Cupcake for only P118.00. Sadly, the chocolate drink wasn’t as thick and rich as I pictured it. It was a bit better than the ready to mix hot chocolate drinks that one can buy from the grocery but the grainy bits that one can usually find from tablea drinks are there to add more flavor to it.
The cheese cupcake tasted interesting with a texture that is somewhere in between a moist and fluffy cupcake and a bibingka. I would give it an average rating for taste, texture, and appearance. It did little to motivate me to try out their other products. Overall, I got lukewarm ratings for the hot offerings of TsokoNut Café.