Drinking chocolate is just what it sounds like…chocolate that you pour in a cup and drink rather than eating a candy bar or other more solid confection. Top quality drinking chocolates are made from real chocolate as opposed to typical hot cocoa mix consisting of cocoa powder, essentially the powdery remains of chocolate liquor left behind after the cocoa butter is removed. Drinking chocolate also looks noticeably different containing real chunks or chocolate shavings. And the aroma speaks for itself.
I think the most important distinction of drinking chocolate is that it absolutely can’t be mixed with hot water. Only hot milk or cream will do in order for the cocoa butter to efficiently melt as it’s whisked together. I recently tried some of this drinking chocolate produced by Chocolat Vitale, a rich European blend made from pure Swiss and Belgian cocoa. It’s named after Angelina Vitale, an émigré from Florence Italy who settled in Seattle Washington in the late 19th century bringing her craft to share with Americans. One cup of their European Classic blend enriched with 49% cacao and you’ll swear that you’re in fact imbibing a melted chocolate bar. The most convenient way to get your easy-to-use serving packets is online via Elegant Addictions.
photo courtesy of chocolatevitale.com. Coverage made possible by tasting a complimentary sample supplied by elegantaddictions.com.