You may be familiar with hot cocoa, but have you experienced the rich, luxurious experience that comes with a cup of drinking chocolate? Unlike hot cocoa, drinking chocolate is made with melted chocolate bars rather than a powdered mix. A cup of drinking chocolate is smooth, rich, and bursting with distinctive flavor notes that you won’t find in the average mug of cocoa. Follow these tips to prepare the perfect cup of this delightful winter beverage. 

Select Your Drinking Chocolate Flavor 

Drinking chocolate is available in classic chocolate flavors as well as varieties spiced with cinnamon and chili, reminiscent of Xocolatl, the ancient drinking chocolate of the Incas, Mayas, and Aztecs. You can also find white chocolate, coffee infused chocolate, and caramel chocolate varieties—let your taste buds be your guide! 

Choose Your Preferred Milk

Along with the right chocolate flavor, choose your preferred milk to melt your drinking chocolate. Whole milk is ideal for a traditional cup, but you can also keep it vegan with plant-based milks. Soy milk offers a more neutral background flavor for the chocolate to shine, or you might opt for almond milk, macadamia nut milk, or oat milk for a nutty aroma to pair with your cocoa. 

Take Your Time to Prepare and Sip

Drinking chocolate does require some care to prepare well. Heat and froth your milk of choice and allow the chocolate to bathe in the milk for 1-2 minutes. Then, whisk the mixture and let it sit for another 1-2 minutes. Whisk once more and serve. When you’re finally ready to drink, sip, don’t gulp. Allow the flavors to unfold on your tongue as you take gentle sips, pausing to enjoy the aromas from the steaming cup.  

Enjoy Hot or Cold 

If you prefer a cold beverage, prepare your sipping chocolate following the instructions above and then pour over ice for a refreshing take on a classic. 

Zotter Chocolate offers a variety of flavored drinking chocolates inspired by the Xocolatl of ancient cultures. Explore our organic, fair trade drinking chocolates by browsing our online store, or look for our products at select grocers throughout the U.S.