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Hot chocolate or cocoa in Poland? Posted by on Jan 20, 2019 in Culture

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.

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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.

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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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About the Author: Kasia

My name is Kasia Scontsas. I grew near Lublin, Poland and moved to Warsaw to study International Business. I have passion for languages: any languages! Currently I live in New Hampshire. I enjoy skiing, kayaking, biking and paddle boarding. My husband speaks a little Polish, but our daughters are fluent in it! I wanted to make sure that they can communicate with their Polish relatives in our native language. Teaching them Polish since they were born was the best thing I could have given them! I have been writing about learning Polish language and culture for Transparent Language’s Polish Blog since 2010.