I didn’t grow up with hot chocolate; there was nary a box of the ubiquitous Swiss Miss hot cocoa mix in our pantry. It really wasn’t until just very recently as of 2006 that I began including a cup now and then over a stormy winter. It was in that year I was in Spain that I began to appreciate the true pleasures of hot chocolate, having enjoyed a rich thick cup of it at of all places, the famous Barcelona Chocolate Museum. I’ll admit, I’m a food snob when it comes to hot chocolate; I could never understand the appeal of mini marshmallows floating on top of an artificially flavored powdered substance (hey, I know some people love the stuff!).
From there, on subsequent trips around the world I began to seek out if the country I was visiting had a hot chocolate worth trying. While in Mexico following 2006, I had the most sinful, delicious cup of steamy chocolate flavored with sweet chilies! Wow! After that, I had to include an exotic cup of the cacao bean when the wintry weather hits.
This year I am delighted to find from the Allegro Coffee Company an Organic Mayan Spice Drinking Chocolate. Touched with bold savory spices of black pepper, sweet chilies and allspice, this 73% dark chocolate drink is a wonderfully warming cold weather treat. Memories of café sitting in Merida on a chilly night come flooding back every time I take a sip.
So stick with your mini marshmallows if you like, I’m elevating my chocolate experience to the Mayan gods.