Going to Europe this past summer was probably one of the most INCREDIBLE experiences of my life. Not only was this something that I have been dreaming of ever since I was a little girl at night in bed, but with my head being filled with wonder and curiosity, the topic of traveling around the world is exactly what kept me up before my head even slightly graced the pillow case at all (which probably explains why I might slightly still have a continuing insomnia problem even as an adult today). Growing up, watching disney movies where characters got to travel around the world and experience the most amazing journeys like “The Lizzie McGuire Movie”, “The Princess Diaries”, “Cheetah Girls”, etc., I always knew that catching a plane ticket on my own to travel would change my life forever. However, I digress. If you want to read more about my overall journey and “The Top 10 Life Lessons I’ve Gained from Travel” this past summer, feel free to check out my next blog post!
This post is on my review on literally the BEST CUP OF HOT CHOCOLATE I HAVE EVER HAD. This experience took place in Paris, France on July 25, 2015. As I recall, I remember this date being the 2nd day I was in Paris (aka city of love…which really in my head means the city of “time to fall in love with desserts , sweets, treats and EAT”) with my parents touring Europe with a Go Ahead Tour Group. Since this two-week long escapade through Europe was mostly planned out with an amazing tour guide guiding us throughout the cities each day, we typically did not really wander off on our own. However, this was considered a “free” day for the trip and knowing my family and I, we wanted to get in as much food tasting as we possibly could and stuff our faces silly until we blew up like balloons (because we know we could and that we were going to just walk it off afterwards because we had no other choice haha). So, with the Tour de France being on the same day as our free day to roam around Paris, we decided to take the opportunity to find a good spot near the Louvre to watch the bikers ride by on their route.
However, as a small group of us were walking over to the Louvre from our hotel, the closer and closer we got to the Louvre, we started to notice that it started to sprinkle outside. At first, the rain didn’t seem to bother us too much, but as we continued to walk closer to our destination, the rain started to pour harder and harder. So, we stopped by a tourist souvenir shop and bought a few umbrellas and continued onward. Once we got closer, my dad brought up to our attention that on the list of places to see in Paris his co-worker gave him, we weren’t too far away from this cute little cafe called Angelina’s (to read the story behind this cafe, read it HERE on their website) where they supposedly had been around since the 1800s and were famous for having the world’s best cup of hot chocolate.
So, of course not knowing what we were getting ourselves into, we asked around to others to help guide us to Angelina’s since none of us were able to use our phones. Once we started to approach the cafe, we noticed there was this line that just started right outside the cafe front door and I thought to myself, “Eh, I’m sure it’s nothing. It’s raining outside and why would anyone make the hassle of driving or travelling down here for some cafe?” However, I didn’t necessarily keep in mind how big the cafe could potentially be as I was assuming it was this petit “hole in the wall” shop. In reality, the cafe ended up extending as long as 3 long limousines and as narrow as 3 smart cars (Hah, I’m terrible with numerical dimensions.) Although the line was super long and ended up being about a 45 minute wait, we had to get the hot chocolate as it was on the list and we figured it would be worth it; which it totally was in the end.
BOTTOM LINE: How was the Hot Chocolate (Chocolate Chaud), Savvy?
Amazing. Life changing. It’s as if they took some type of premium chocolate bar & melted it into liquid form. The drink wasn’t too sweet to the point where you felt like your teeth were gonna fall out from a sugar overload and it wasn’t too bitter. It was a nice in between balance of sweetness and bitterness that kept your taste buds alive and thirsty to constantly be sipping and coming back for more. I will provide fair warning if you do decide to recreate this recipe or if you’re planning to travel to Paris, France in the near future and want to take a visit to Angelina’s Cafe, be EXTREMELY CAREFUL because this hot chocolate is like no other you’ve tried before. It can be highly addictive and potentially put you into a nice chocolate wasted comatose. However, don’t let this stop you from trying it! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT!
WATCH MY DIY ON MY VERSION OF ANGELINA’S HOT CHOCOLATE HERE:
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