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Obviously, 'the' place for fans of the cocoa bean, with chocolate celebrated in its various interpretations, dark or white, hot, cold, shaken and stirred. Even as soup and pizza! If you like your chocolate hot, go for Classic or even Dark Chocolate, absolutely soul-filling! In the cold Choco shakes, Tiramisu, with its undertones of coffee, and mascarpone is a good option, so is the Hazelnut one. There are of course the usual Kit Kat, Bounty and Oreo Cookie shakes for those who love their brand names! There are also hot and cold coffees and teas, chillers, coolers etc obviously not at par in the popularity stakes with the cocoa bean. Mercifully, after ODing on chocolate, you can read the short eats menu, with paninos, wraps, baguettes, waffles crepes and pancakes. Try the creamy paneer and capsicum crepe, crunchy and delicious, so is the Triple C Panino with its generous cheese filling. But if you start missing chocolate, try the Waffle Wonder, a warm Belgian waffle served with melted chocolate and vanilla ice cream, and if you like your chocolate a la pastry mode, the Choco Chip cake is good in a dark and sinful way. However, the Choco Chilli Sandwich, we thought was a pure gimmick, The Chocolate Fondue, is its USP, with innovative dips such as seasonal fruits, besides the marshmallows, butter cookies and wafer twists. A pricey place, and ambience differs from one outlet to another. The Banjara Hills, outlet last visited, for example, was that of an informal home in rambling disarray.
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The Temptations outlets are run by the owners of Scoops, Hyderabad's best-known home-grown brand of ice cream. On the menu, besides ice creams, are ice cream sundaes and cakes, soda pops , milkshakes , brownies, as well as cold and hot combination of desserts like death by chocolates, chaats , grilled sandwiches. Ice creams come in fruit, nut, chocolate, exotic and sugar-free flavours. Bestsellers ice cream flavours include Kesar Thandai, Rose Petal, Orange Rush (seasonal) Kiwi Pineapple, Fresh Kala Jamun (seasonal), Brownie Scotch, Choco walnut , Banana caramel and Oreo cookie ice cream. In summers, the Fresh Alphonso Mango Ice cream is a big hit too. Fossil Fuel ice cream (German chocolate ice cream with hot bitter pastry chopped with fudge sauce and topped with fudge) is a bestseller, and some popular sundaes are Death by Chocolate, (hot, dark chocolate eggless pastry, with a scoop of ice cream drizzled with hot fudge chocolate sauce and roasted nuts). Ambience varies from outlet to outlet, but the basic informal parlour feel remains the same. Service is brisk.