This was confirmed my first day in Paris as I sat down with two woman who lived in Paris and they both ordered hot chocolate for the mid-afternoon drink. I was thrilled to incorporate this fun little treat into my daily consumption. I ordered it everywhere that offered it. I did discover that you can easily get bad chocolat chaud as easily as you can order terrible coffee in the US, but I also drank two of the best cups of hot chocolate I have ever (and I mean EVER) had in my life.
Angelina's chocolate was fabulous! Plus the waitress knew of a gluten free dessert I could have! It was a bit too rich to attempt to consume both, but I put a valiant effort forth. We stopped in here during a break from a fabulously long day exploring the Louve, it was the perfect place to sit for a minute.
Cafe De Flore hot chocolate was a close runner up, not nearly as amazing, but still so so good! Add to that the amazing people watching, and the delicious omelet I ate just before my sipping chocolate arrived and it was by far one of my favorite places in Paris.
I am pretty determined to find the perfect recipe to bring the flavor of Paris to my sitting room.
I found this recipe that claims to be Angelina's and I am hopeful it is (it seems too simple, but most of the best recipes are):
6 ounces fine-quality semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1/4 cup water, room temperature
3 tablespoons hot water
3 cups hot milk, divided
Sugar to taste
Whipped cream, if desired
In a double boiler over low heat, combine chocolate and 1/4 cup water until melted, stirring occasionally; stir until smooth.
Remove top of double boiler pan from. Whisk in 3 tablespoons hot water. Pour into pitcher or divide among individual 4 mugs. Either stir 3/4 cup hot milk into each mug or serve milk in a separate pitcher. Pass sugar and whipped cream in separate bowls; add to taste.
Makes 4 servings.
I also found this recipe and will be trying it out soon.
In my random searching I also found this list of places to go for hot chocolate in Paris. I will be keeping it in mind for my next trip (whenever that is.)
And as we all know I am a nerd and I want to know the history of the drink in Paris so I stumbled across a few fun blogs in the process of my web-searching. Paris Breakfasts has been a fun read, but not nerdy enough. This article has more actual facts and states that it was a royal wedding that made hot chocolate a star in Paris.
In any event I am excited that I was able to bring some fair trade drinking chocolate home with me, it might not be as good as the melted chocolate version I will attempt to make soon, but I am excited that I will be drinking some tonight.