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There is nothing better than winter storm (like the one happening right now as I’m writing in New England!), fireplace, comfortable couch, a blanket…and of course a cup of hot chocolate:)) I love the home atmosphere and having my hot chocolate in my living room. However, there are plenty of places in the world, where amazing hot chocolate is served. And Poland is no different – great cafes and restaurants to choose from to satisfy your cravings!
We hear some people talking about hot cocoa (gorące kakao) and others talking about hot chocolate (gorąca czekolada). While these terms are frequently used interchangeably, historically, hot cocoa and hot chocolate are not the same.
Traditionally, hot cocoa is a thin, sweetened beverage, made from cocoa powder, sugar, and milk. Hot cocoa may or may not contain other flavorings, such as vanilla, liqueur, or spices. Hot cocoa is often less rich and sweeter than hot chocolate.
Historically, hot chocolate (also called drinking chocolate or sipping chocolate), is made with actual chocolate (often shaved or ground into fine pieces so it melts quickly). Because of the high fat content of chocolate, hot chocolate is richer than hot cocoa. It is usually less sweet than hot cocoa, and many makers of hot chocolate pride themselves on having their product be a thick, bittersweet beverage.
Trip advisor has many wonderful reviews of great places in Poland to taste true European hot chocolate! Check them out here
Pijalnia czekolady or Chocolate lounge are typical names for such places in Poland.
Hot chocolate, hot cocoa, kakao or czekolada…it’s all good, depending on the mood you are in.
Stay warm and enjoy your hot drink!
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