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The Best Hot Chocolate in the World?

Monday, we were walking down the rue de Rivoli when we came upon Angelina. "This place," said Missy, "has the best hot chocolate in the universe." Solely in the interest of blogging material, in we went.

Angelina has a stunning array of pastries, and a more-than-serviceable lunch and dinner menu, but what they're famous for is their hot chocolate, especially their signature drink: un chocolat à l'ancienne dit "L'africain". When you order it, you're given a small pot of the chocolate, a cup, a spoon, and a bit of crème chantilly on the side.

The chocolate isn't overly hot -- I'd call it warm at best. But it's the thickest hot chocolate I've ever seen. It's the thickest hot chocolate I can imagine. Seriously, it's as if the restaurant takes blocks of chocolate, melts them down, and cuts the result with just enough cream to keep it liquid as it's being served. It's probably the most decadent thing I've ever had. The pot contains enough chocolate for two cups each for two people, and after my two, with the obligatory dollops of crème chantilly, I was actually feeling a bit light-headed -- it was probably the most sugar I've had at a single sitting in years.

So was it the best hot chocolate in the world? As with the sandwich at Viena, I can't say. But it was the best hot chocolate I've ever had, and I can't begin to think of what would take second place.

I didn't take any pictures inside, but here's the front of the restaurant:

Angelina

Of course, I need pictures of the actual chocolate serving, so we're going back later this week -- once again, solely in the interest of blogging.

You can try this hot chocolate for yourself at:

Angelina
226, rue de Rivoli
75001 Paris
Tel: 01 42 96 47 10

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Actually, the best cups of hot chocolate use solid chocolate bars where they shave the chocolate chunks into hot water or milk. By doing it that way you can make it as thick or thin as you want. I was making some eclairs the other day, and was making an icing for them with chocolate chips and powdered milk, and while I was heating it on the stove, I tried some, and it tasted like a good cup of hot chocolate.

Well the next time you make some Hot Chocolate, you can also make a pretty good cup by putting some whip cream at the bottom of your cup and melting a dove chocolate square into it.

Dove Hot Chocolate Trick Details

Actually, the best cups of hot chocolate use solid chocolate bars where they shave the chocolate chunks into hot water or milk. By doing it that way you can make it as thick or thin as you want. I was making some eclairs the other day, and was making an icing for them with chocolate chips and powdered milk, and while I was heating it on the stove, I tried some, and it tasted like a good cup of hot chocolate.

Well the next time you make some Hot Chocolate, you can also make a pretty good cup by putting some whip cream at the bottom of your cup and melting a dove chocolate square into it.

Dove Hot Chocolate Trick Details

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