I’m on a real chocolate kick this month thanks to Valentines Day and Calgary’s Hot Chocolate Fest. I’m always looking for a new hot chocolate recipe, and consider myself somewhat of a connoisseur on the subject. I’m so serious about my cocoa, I have two aerolattes and a this traditional Mexican Molinillo, a wooden whisk used for preparing hot drinks.
You’d think the world’s best hot chocolate comes from Switzerland, as I once did. Imagine my surprise on my first visit there, to receive a cup of lukewarm milk, a packet of sugar and Nestle’s instant hot chocolate mix! I wasn’t expecting some drindl wearing Fräulein to be slaving over a hot stove or anything, but I thought I’d get more than self service.
A better bet was found in Paris. Many think that Cafe Angelina has the best hot chocolate in the world. This busy cafe on Rue du Rivoli serves up light lunches and decedent pâtisseries in addition to their famous drink. It’s super thick, almost like a hot smoothie, and very rich. As good as Angelina’s is, I prefer the chocolat chaud found at Ladurée. It’s equally as decadent, but somewhat sweeter. And since you’re there, might as well indulge in Les Saint-Honoré and get a few of their famous macarons to go.
When I’m making hot chocolate at home, I make sure to use good quality cocoa powder and milk – preferably whole. The aerolatte whips it up nice and frothy, and there’s no need to add marshmallows, though a few never hurt.
My stand-by mix is this one by Camino. It’s fair trade, and you can buy it at most grocery stores.
The best hot chocolate in my books is made from ABUELITA™ Hot Chocolate Drink Tablets.
With warm hints of cinnamon and a rich chocolatey taste (because it’s real chocolate not a powder) this hot chocolate hits all the right buttons. Best is I rubbing my fancy Molinillo vigorously between my palms, putting on a real show for the kids.
Where do you get your favourite hot chocolate?