On Thursday, Intrigue Chocolate will host their monthly Hot Zombie. And while I totally think you should go, know that it’s not the only awesome thing they do.
Intrigue Chocolate is a local chocolate maker that specializes in ridiculously awesome truffles, and Hot Zombie is their big event. The first Thursday of every month, Intrigue makes hot chocolate by putting all the truffles they’re running out of in a pot with heavy cream, salt, and sugar. It’s easily 15-20+ flavors, with anything from Irish Coffee to Molasses to Bellini.
You thought I was joking? Look at that list.
And it works. It really, really works. And while Aaron swears you can taste every flavor if you work through it, I usually only taste 5-10. I’m not complaining. It’s both wonderful and probably the biggest dessert dare in Seattle. And it’s free. (Dangerously, if they have enough they’ll give you extra cups to take home. The stuff is dense enough that it’ll solidify in your fridge.)
But the thing is, it happens during Pioneer Square’s First Thursday art walk, so it’s always packed. Always. You can’t talk to anyone: you get in, get your hot zombie, and you go. It’s like being in a standing-room only bar where everyone’s sipping out of paper cups. In, out, see you next visit. It’s great fun with a group (“Did you taste that?” “Whoa, is that black pepper and cilantro?”), but it’s a crowd.
I like every other after hours session better.
Because it’s not the only Thursday night offering they have. In fact, Intrigue runs tastings every Thursday evening. And they’re rather varied: one time we were treated to homemade mint milk sorbet, another clover honey infused with saffron. (It was declared to taste both like sunny beach days and lobster bisque.)
These non-Hot Zombie tastings are usually much quieter. I’m not sure why, it’s still good stuff. But I really like them. They’re really relaxed times, and I don’t feel rushed to get my fix. It feels more like a restful moment than an event. Maybe that’s because shots of hot chocolate will sometimes magically appear while I’m distracted by tea. And I can ask questions. I could learn what Aaron is thinking for an upcoming batch, or get Charlotte’s opinion on a super neat bar. I love these chances to learn and listen, and I always leave them happy.
I’ll still be at Hot Zombie this week if I can, because it’s freaking delicious and I want my mystery chocolate. But I also think you folks should join us on second or third Thursday. It’s going to be a blast.