I wasn’t sure after Sweet Moses that another hot chocolate could be that good. I think Blackbird Baking Company came pretty close to proving me wrong. Peggy had previously been wowed by the hot chocolate here, which started us on this journey in the first place. I was a new to it on our eighth tasting stop.
We had both been to Blackbird countless times together and separately. Walking in on a late afternoon, the bright walls and friendly staff brightened my mood on a grey day. Peggy was already there. We ordered our hot chocolate and requested a mug. They asked if we wanted our hot chocolate sweetened. I said, yes, after the barista explained they use a vanilla syrup to do so. In fact, she informed me, they can add any flavor of syrup to it which I made a note of for future visits.
Here’s what we thought:
- Flavor. A rich bittersweet taste is created by a piece of chocolate that warm milk is poured over. According to Peggy, it didn’t impress her as much as the first time she had it.
- Topping. Peggy lamented that they didn’t have a homemade marshmallow that she has now become accustomed after the delicious ones at previous stops. I sprinkled some cinnamon and cocoa on mine to liven it up.
- Size. They had the usual sizes. We chose a medium.
- Atmosphere. The bright and whimsical wall color and art provided a welcoming environment. It is usually busy and often can get too loud making it hard to hear the conversation at your own table. But otherwise, I’ve always had a pleasant time here.
Overall, Blackbird is one of my favorite places to work or meet up with people, because it is conveniently located. We will both come back. Peggy normally drinks coffee while here and is likely to continue doing so. Although she realized that after that initial sip here, we’ve had a lot of amazing hot chocolate and her palette has been refined by that.