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Drink to your health

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This little square (2.5x2.5 approx.) makes 4 delicious cups of hot chocolate.

This little square (2.5×2.5 approx.) makes 4 delicious cups.

If you can’t get to Angelina’s in Paris to enjoy a cup of hot chocolate l’Africain, we can recommend a worthy make-it-yourself substitute: Sipping Dreams Drinking Chocolate.

Sipping Dreams is an Oregon company whose hot chocolate has a San Francisco connection: They only use Guittard 72% dark chocolate to make their drinking chocolate.

Hot chocolate is NOT the same as hot cocoa, which is a powdered mixture of cocoa, sugar and miscellaneous ingredients dissolved in hot milk (or water, in the case of instant hot cocoa) that most Americans grew up drinking topped with puffy, white marshmallows.

Drinking chocolate is more like drinking a melted chocolate bar, and looking at the package of Sipping Dreams drinking chocolate, you can see that’s not far from the truth:

Sipping Dreams unwrapped

Sipping Dreams unwrapped: Each block is made by hand.

Although Sipping Dreams is only available online here in the Bay Area, the 4 Chocolateers of CBTB have enjoyed cups of it and can recommend it. And it’s easy to make:

Sipping chocolate, step-by-step

Chop the chocolate block into chunks.

(Optionally) Chop the chocolate block into chunks.

Add the chocolate to warmed whole milk thinned with a little water.

Add the chocolate (chopped or solid block) to warmed whole milk thinned with a little water.

Drink taking shape.

Drink taking shape.

After stirring constantly, the milk barely beings to boil. Time to pour.

After stirring constantly, the milk barely beings to boil. Time to pour.

Hot chocolate is not like hot cocoa: A little goes a long way.

Hot chocolate is not like hot cocoa: A little goes a long way.

Order your own sipping chocolate bars from Sipping Dreams online.

About chocolatte

A writer/designer, Nancy lives in Oakland with Ronnie, her husband of many years & fellow chocolate enthusiast.

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Date posted: December 9, 2009. This entry was posted in Recipes and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

One Response to Drink to your health

  1. chocfull says:

    Oooooo — yum! Good job, Nancy! This is a perfect day for sipping chocolate! Seeing the re-enactment of the whole process is great. I just love that we’re doing this, and am excited about sharing chocolate tips with the world at large. Until our next tasting…

    Michele