Many of us have uplifting memories of a steaming cup of hot cocoa served to us as a child. Perhaps it came from a powdery packet with mini marshmallows added in. Or perhaps your mother stood over the stove with a bar of chocolate and a pan of milk, stirring until the melting bar turned the milk the right shade of chocolate-y brown. And although those memories may still warm us as adults, somehow hot cocoa just doesn’t have the same magic. I say it’s time to move on to drinking chocolate, the adult version of hot chocolate with an aphrodisiac spin.
Hot chocolate for grownups
If you’ve never had drinking chocolate before, here’s how to imagine it. Think of the best cup of hot chocolate you ever drank. Now imagine it on steroids.
To be clear on what drinking chocolate is, we should take a moment to talk semantics. Technically, the stuff made from a powder mix, (or from cocoa powder and sugar), is called hot cocoa. And anything made from bits of chocolate is considered hot chocolate.
But since we tend to use the terms hot cocoa and hot chocolate interchangeably, I prefer the term drinking chocolate, which is another acceptable name for a hot drink made from bits of real chocolate. It is a far more rich, deeply chocolate drink than a hot cocoa drink and should consumed in small servings.
A mug of this potent drink makes a sophisticated end to a meal and is often my dessert alternative. A small cup of slowly sipped, hot chocolatey drink is a more seductive end to a meal than most oversized, American confections which can send you from a quick sugar high to a crash in the blink of an eye. And it’s also one that opens the door to the possibility of romance. Chocolate is, after all, one of the world’s most famous aphrodisiacs.
The best drinking chocolate
You can make this adult version of hot cocoa from scratch but ever since I discovered Dagoba’s packaged drinking chocolate, it’s my go-to winter warmer. This intensely flavored drink is almost like a hybrid of hot cocoa and hot chocolate because it blends cacao powder with organic dark chocolate pieces and just enough cane sugar to eliminate any bitterness.
It can be whisked directly into a cup of hot milk or even water if you’re looking for a less rich, more chocolate-forward drink. (I’m not really a fan of drinking it with water but I do like half water, half milk.)
The mix is not vegan however I like blending it into vegan milk alternatives. I’ve tried it in almond milk but I think it works better with oat milk. In tact, I think the use of a milk alternative gives this richly chocolate drink the most silky texture.
This truly is a sensual drink, with it’s almost earthy aromas and powerfully chocolatey flavor and weighty texture on the tongue, it is so much more sexy than powdered cocoa. Even in its presentation, this drink is sensual. The directions read, “When vapors rise the milk will be at its most receptive to accept chocolate into its embrace.” How can you not love that?
Dagoba drinking chocolate varieties and where to buy
For those who like a spicy hot chocolate, there’s Dagoba’s Xocolatl. This drinking chocolate is blended with chile and spice, reminiscent of the famed ruler Montezuma’s favorite drink–the one, as legend goes, he drank daily to maintain his virility.
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