Bon Chocolat Chaud*

el-castillo-1039512_960_720It’s that time of the year when temperatures fall below zero and we rather bundle up on the sofa with a large, piping hot mug of hot chocolate. For the well-travelled you may have had various tastes, textures and even flavors of this rich drink. Which country actually owns this drink and which version of hot chocolate is everyone’s favorite?

As early as 500 BC, the Mayans were drinking chocolate made from ground up cocoa seeds mixed with water, cornmeal, and chili peppers.They would mix the drink by pouring it back and forth from a cup to a pot until a thick foam developed, and then enjoy the beverage cold. The wealthy Mayans would drink it from large vessels with spouts, which later would be buried along with them.

Centuries later, Mayan hot chocolate has been taken over by many other varieties. The jury is still out but considering the online reviews and feedback so far, the best hot chocolate can be found in (drumroll…) the City of Lights, Paris! Quietly tucked away in Rue de Rivoli, a distinguished looking Parisian café, Angelina, serves up one of the most silky, sumptuous cups of hot chocolate. This is quite a trek from the Mexico but not too far for those in Europe. Bon appetit!

How to make Mayan hot chocolate (video)

*(French. Translation Good hot chocolate)