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

CONNECT WITH STYLIST

Our Most…

Beef curry

Recipe: Beef kofta curry, fluffy rice and beans

A curry in 15 minutes that doesn’t involve…

More
10 weirdest ice cream flavours

Would you try croc egg ice cream?

Sometimes vanilla is just a bit... vanilla. There…

More
100 years old

Why are we scared of growing old?

Age brings intelligence, experience, wisdom and…

More
Vidal Sassoon's most iconic haircuts

Vidal Sassoon's most iconic haircuts

British-born hairstylist Vidal Sassoon - credited…

More

Celebrity fashion round-up: what the A-list wore this weekend

This weekend the A-list were out in force at a…

More
Jennifer Hudson

Jennifer Hudson on living with grief after family tragedy

Jennifer Hudson has opened up about the shocking…

More

Doctor Who premiere to be screened in cinemas

The long-anticipated first episode of the new…

More

Your Vote Counts

Could you go on holiday by yourself?

Could you go on holiday by yourself?