Hot Chocolate / Cocoa
There’s a reason that the Mayans and Aztecs called chocolate the food of the gods. The smooth and velvety flavor of hot chocolate is the taste of comfort itself, which is why it has maintained its universal appeal, starting with the ancient Mesoamerican civilizations and continuing throughout modern history. In fact, a favorite drink of the royal court and wealthy Aztec aristocrats was a mixture of roasted cocoa beans flavored with cornmeal, honey, chilis, and vanilla. Read More
What makes Italian hot chocolate different?
When chocolate was first introduced to Europe in the 1500s, Italians were on the verge of creating the iconic Old World cuisine that would serve as the foundation for classic cooking. Along with perfecting favorite comfort foods, Italian chocolatiers also created the first hot chocolate or cioccolata calda, which quickly became as popular as espresso. Also called European drinking chocolate, Italian hot cocoa started out as a simple mixture of chocolate, sugar, and milk, a basic recipe that has remained the same over the centuries. Unlike the cocoa mixes that come in individual packets, Italian hot chocolate only contains pure, all natural ingredients, a testament to the time-honored tradition of Old World desserts and beverages.
The various types of hot chocolate/cocoa available
If you can’t make the trip to Italy, enjoy the authentic flavors of Italian hot chocolate in the comfort of home with a selection of premium Italian cocoa powders from Supermarket Italy, your affordable and convenient source for the top made-in-Italy products.
Along with a selection of the best hot chocolate to buy, Supermarket Italy also features a huge selection of syrups, including Torani hazelnut and caramel, which are perfect for infusing your hot cocoa with exotic flavors.
Here at Supermarket Italy, we feature top Italian cocoa brands including Pernigotti, a velvety and exquisite cocoa with a trace of vanilla. It can be used to make the perfect cup of hot chocolate or decadent dessert classics like a batch of brownies or chocolate cake. For a rich and intense chocolate flavor, Cacao Barry cocoa powder extra brute tastes exquisite in a long list of desserts like mousses, ice cream, and hot chocolate. Additionally, we also feature hard-to-find brands from other countries like Droste cocoa powder from The Netherlands, a delicious variety used for drinking and baking.
What to pair with hot chocolate/cocoa
For the ultimate cup of Italian-style hot chocolate, simply mix together 2 teaspoons of cocoa powder and 2 teaspoons of sugar. For even more flavor, you can also add a dash of cinnamon and vanilla to the mixture. Then add a cup of hot or cold milk and stir well. You can also make a delicious mocha by adding a few teaspoons of cocoa powder to your latte or cappuccino.
Italian cocoa is a fine powder that never produces any lumps, just a velvety mouthfeel that is absolutely heavenly as a warm or cold beverage. Make your hot cocoa en elegant dessert drink when you top it with a swirl of whip cream, which can be garnished with chocolate shavings and a drizzle of chocolate syrup.
Where to buy hot chocolate/cocoa
For the best hot cocoa mix to buy, Supermarket Italy features a selection of iconic Italian brands along with specialty cocoa from other countries. Shop our selection of cocoa products today and stock your pantry with everything you need to make the best hot chocolate with a homemade flavor.