Hot chocolate best in an orange cup - Quick and Easy Recipes From Stylist Magazine - Stylist Magazine

  • Hot chocolate
  • Hot chocolate
  • Hot chocolate

Hot chocolate's best in orange cups

Scientists reveal bizarre study finding

Oxford University researchers may have had some time on their hands before Christmas.

The prestigious establishment has found that hot chocolate tastes better when drunk out of an orange cup.

In taste tests, participants significantly favoured the same sample of drinking chocolate when it was served in orange or cream coloured cups, over white or red cups.

"There is no fixed rule stating that flavour and aroma are enhanced in a cup of a certain colour or shade," researcher Betina Piqueras-Fiszman said. "In reality this varies depending on the type of food, but the truth is that, as this effect occurs, more attention should be paid to the colour of the container as it has more potential than one could imagine."

As well as putting the likes of Cadburys and Green & Blacks on high alert, the researchers said the study, which was was published in the Journal of Sensory Studies, was significant because it helps to show how the brain responds to visual information.

We've found five orange drinking vessels for hardcore hot chocolate drinkers:

1. Simple and sturdy

Aptly named the Volcanic, Le Creuset's fiery coloured stoneware mug looks made for a steaming hot chocolate. Pass the marshmallows.

£8.25, johnlewis.com

2. Designer China

If you like your drinking chocolate out of something a little more fancy, this fine bone china Jasper Conran design for Wedgwood is perfect - as long as you don't stick it in the dishwasher.

£12.50, houseoffraser.so.uk

3. Kingsize

For when 250ml is just not enough, there's the jumbo mug, in Chocolate-enhancing vivid orange.

£24.52 for four, wayfair.co.uk

4. Quirky

It doesn't have a handle and we're not sure it's orange silicone sleeve would pass the Oxford University taste test but we love this Bodum porcelain Pavina mug.

£14.46 for two, Tesco.com

5. A taste of Russia

This sweet Babushka thermal mug would surely make everything taste better.

£11.99, wayfair.co.uk

Have you tried out Oxford University's orange mug theory? Let us know on Twitter or in the comments section below.

Words: Anna Pollitt. Pictures: Rex Features

Tags: Chocolate

Share on

or email.

  • Facebook
  • Digg
  • Delicious
Add a comment

Comments

Add a comment

Stylist magazine (@stylistmagazine) on Twitter

Our Most…

Rejection letters sent to famous people

Rejection letters sent to famous people

"I love my rejection slips," wrote…

More
Man On Wire

20 greatest documentaries

Fact is stranger than fiction, and often so much…

More

22.1 facts about Benedict Cumberbatch you (probably) didn't know

There's no such thing a knowing too much about…

More

Win £500 worth of McArthurGlen vouchers

McArthurGlen Designer Outlets have launched…

More

Win a magnum of Champagne Taittinger Brut Réserve NV

To celebrate the Independent Foreign Fiction…

More

Win a year's supply of Black White Denim Basics worth over £600

To celebrate the launch of the hottest new name…

More

Win a heidi klein holiday wardrobe worth £580

Preparing for a holiday can often be a strenuous…

More
Stylist magazine on Facebook

Your Vote Counts

What's your favourite thing to do in the sunshine?

What's your favourite thing to do in the sunshine?