When: May 7, 2016, 3:10 PM
Verdict? Not recommended
One of the rules of Disneyland Eats is “commodities don’t count.” We aren’t reviewing stuff you can get outside the parks. This excludes obvious stuff – Coca-Cola, Doritos – but our blue-ribbon panel of judges has ruled that “no commodities” also applies to garden-variety beverages like tea and coffee. We can skip generics.
One exception to the “no commodity” rule is when a restaurant names their commodity. If you’ve got “World-Famous Coffee” or something, then we’ll try it. Regular old coffee? Not so much.
Which leads to today’s review: “Ultimate Hot Cocoa” (italics added) from the fine folks at Schmoozies.
I was excited to try this.
When you put the word “ultimate” in the name of your dish, you’re throwing down a marker. Making a statement. You’re setting expectations. You’re calling out your stuff as special, full of surprise.
Not the case.
This is unremarkable hot chocolate. It comes straight out of a machine. There’s a bit of whipped cream parked on top, courtesy of a pressurized can. (I watched them apply it.)
The best thing about this dish is the chocolate shavings on the whipped cream: reasonably fresh, good flavor. But that’s it.
I don’t recommend this beverage. There’s nothing remotely “ultimate” about it. It’s straight-up, slightly-watery hot chocolate. You could find this drink in a vending machine anywhere in America. Give it a pass.
UPDATE: As of January 2018, this dish is no longer available.