Hello Franzese Hot Chocolate!

Hello Franzese Hot Chocolate!

Last October, I wrote a blog post about the newly opened Nordstrom E-bar at the Del Amo Fashion Center. As can be seen in that blog post, I simply adore handcrafted warm beverages. There is something so relaxing about sitting down with a nice cup of hot chocolate or coffee in one’s hand.

I really loved my experience at the Nordstrom E-bar and therefore I was delighted to hear about Franzese. It is Franzese’s Italian Hot Chocolate products that are served at Nordstrom’s E-bars and Cafe’s globally.

I recently was fortunate to try out a variety of Franzese’s different flavors of Italian hot chocolate. It was one blessed opportunity to be able to make  various Italian hot chocolate right at the comfort of my own home!

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There were two ways to prepare Franzese’s hot chocolate. One way was the traditional hot chocolate while the other way was Italian sipping chocolate. The Italian dipping chocolate was thicker and more rich. I tried both ways and found myself having some very delicious, heartwarming beverages. All the flavors I tried were delightful.

For those looking for traditional, classic flavor. The chocolate flavor is the one for you. Their classic hot chocolate is one sure to remind you of the comforts of home and bring warmth on chilly nights.

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The white hot chocolate is for those one looking for a sweeter version of the traditional hot chocolate. I’ve always been a fan of white chocolate candy and this flavor reminded me of the sweet candy treat but in beverage form.

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I’m also a big fan of fruity beverages and thanks to Franzese it was my first time to try strawberry hot chocolate. This was hot chocolate with a sweet, fruity subtle taste. It was very nice and something different.

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Salted caramel is all the rage now and a very popular flavor in many cafes. Nordstrom’s popular salted caramel mocha is actually made with Franzese’s salted caramel hot chocolate. I was so pleased to be able to make salted caramel hot chocolate right at home. This was one of my favorite flavors.

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Last but not least, one cannot think of Italy without thinking of tiramisu. The coffee flavored Italian dessert is transformed to a decadent beverage via Franzese’s tiramisu hot chocolate.

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Overall, all of the various flavors of Franzese were lovely. It brought a little bit of Italy to my home and I could not help imagine myself at an Italian villa sipping these beverages, simply relaxing and smiling.

*Items in this post were provided for a complimentary basis to facilitate this review. This blog post was accurate when published and reflects the uninfluenced opinion of the blog writer.

Hello Nordstrom Del Amo E-bar!

Hello Nordstrom Del Amo E-bar!

What happens when a self-professed Nordy girl who has a coffee crush spots a coffee bar right next to Nordstrom? Pure bliss and ecstatic giddiness happens!

That is exactly what happened when I spotted the newly opened Nordstrom E-bar adjacent to the first floor of the newly opened Nordstrom at Del Amo Fashion Center.

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As soon as I spotted the e-bar, this Hello Kitty Foodie walked in to check this place out.

It’s a small mini cafe where guests can enjoy handcrafted coffee beverages prepared by skilled baristas.  Flat whites, chai lattes, almond rocha lattes…this girl with a coffee crush was simply thrilled at the menu.

What really sold me though was when I spotted the featured item of the day. The featured item of the day was the pumpkin spice latte or pumpkin spice mocha! It is no secret that I love pumpkin goodies and I knew instantly this is what I wanted to order.

I got myself the pumpkin spice mocha, a handcrafted hot beverage with pumpkin, fall spices and espresso.

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The pumpkin spice mocha was deliciously rich with mocha flavor, so much so that the pumpkin taste was subtle. There were also sprinkles of chocolate on top. There was no needed for any additional sugar or cream, because taste wise it was perfect by itself. The freshness of the brew, the taste of mocha, the little hints of pumpkin, made for one nice coffee treat.

Nordstrom Del Amo gave this Nordy girl another reason to smile. I love the newly opened E-bar. As someone who has a forever coffee crush, this E-bar is a welcome addition to Del Amo Fashion Center.

For more smiles, please see my recent Yelp review on Nordstrom Del Amo E-bar.