Literary Food & Drink

If you’ve been following us on Instagram, you’ll notice that we’ve been trying to replicate food from books! Unfortunately, we’ve finished with literary food for now. Our last literary food post featured a spread of chocolate desserts; you can find it on our Instagram.

As a special literary food wrap-up, I thought it would be fun to feature a literary drink here on the blog. Today we’re keeping with the theme of Chocolat and making hot chocolate!

If you haven’t seen our literary food series, here are a few pictures!

“Happiness. Simple as a glass of chocolate or tortuous as the heart. Bitter. Sweet. Alive.” -Joanne Harris (Chocolat)

I had the most expensive hot chocolate of my life in Paris. But it was delicious. Literal melted chocolate. Don’t get me wrong, I love good old hot chocolate powder. Occasionally though, I want to make something fancier. Plus, this recipe can be made in the microwave if you only want to go half-fancy! I also need to do a disclaimer: I am not a chef. So please, adjust the ingredients if you think my measurements are off (we all prefer different levels of sweetness, no judgement).

Tools

  • Big pot & smaller pot (or double boiler if you’re fancy)
  • Spatula
  • Mug
  • (Optional: microwave instead of pots)

Ingredients

(serves 2 depending on how much you want to drink):

  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1/3 cup of chocolate (either chopped chocolate or chocolate chips)
  • 1/4 cup of cream (optional but recommended – I used whipping cream, but you can use anything)
  • 1 tsp cocoa (optional)
  • splash of vanilla (also optional, but recommended since vanilla enhances chocolate flavour)

Instructions

  • Turn stove to medium heat.
  • Fill the big pot about 1/3 full of water. Put the small pot on top and make sure the water surrounds it (but not too much…you don’t want the water to boil over the sides).
  • Put in the chocolate and the milk/cream at the same time.
  • Stir until chocolate is partly melted. Keep a close watch on this.
  • Add the cocoa and vanilla and continue to stir until the chocolate is fully melted.
  • Pour into glass. Add whipped cream/chocolate sauce/cinnamon/etc. to be extra fancy.

*Microwave friendly: put the chocolate and milk/cream in the mug and microwave in 30 second intervals. Stir in-between.

Conclusion

I always find it extra special to be able to connect food to books! Especially when you’re able to do it without much skill or cost. Check out our Instagram for other book & food pairings!