A Controversy

hot chocolate?

Mr. O, who nearly nightly makes me a delightful chocolate beverage, informs me what I have been calling hot chocolate for years is not, in fact, hot chocolate. Apparently, it is hot cocoa.

I’m not sure why, but I associate hot cocoa with Holland. I’ve never been to Holland, though I’m sure it’s lovely. It seems to me that Mr. O is telling me that I have been drinking a Dutch drink for years. Sidebar: maybe the Holland association is due to Dutch-processed cocoa?

Anyway, after alerting me to my years-old misapprehension, Mr. O explained that hot chocolate is made with actual chocolate — as in, shavings — while cocoa is made with cocoa powder. Hrmph.

The beverage Mr. O has been making me is made with both cocoa powder and melted chocolate.  So what do we call it?

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4 Responses to A Controversy

  1. The Younger Sister of Mrs. O (the Older One) says:

    hot cochate!
    or hot chocoa….i kinda like hot choco. that sounds like a lovely nightly tradition. i might start partaking in that one. except mine probably won’t have a nice, artistic chocolate drizzle on top. i’ll work on that.

  2. Mrs. O says:

    You should have seen the other night — the chocolate drizzle was a perfect star. I love hot choco — good call!

  3. Joanna says:

    This is a terrific debate. Do you mind if I reference it in my blog?

  4. Mrs. O says:

    I do not mind, but first you must tell me where to read your blog!!!

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