That’s not historical hot chocolate there; it’s totally modern and topped with ice cream, and was rather delightful on a snowy day.
To see the historical version being made we have to go to one of the YouTube channels I used during the research and immersion phase of writing FIREFLIES AND CHOCOLATE.
Elizabeth, the main character, uses a slightly simpler method, back in the 18th century, in this quote from the book:
“I shave slivers of chocolate from the block and stir them into hot water over the fire. I add sugar and mix until it is all well blended. Then I pour it all into the pot with the warm milk and whisk and whisk until it’s frothy and perfect.”
Whatever century you’re in… yum!
The first 75 words of the novel were up on Paragraph Planet in 2021. I took a wee screen shot:
FIREFLIES AND CHOCOLATE was inspired by the 18th century kidnapped children of Aberdeen and is choc full of historical hot chocolate!
Not to be forgotten, my debut novel THE MERMAID AND THE BEAR features the Scottish witchcraft accusations and a love story.
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27 Replies to “Historical Hot Chocolate and 75 Words”
Never heard of hot chocolate with ice-cream, but I definitely want to try it!
You should 🙂
I wondered if that was ice cream when I saw the picture and figured it was just whipped cream until I read the description. Delicious! Intriguing story too.
It is delicious!
Hot chocolate and ice cream has always been a guilty secret of mine!
It’s a good mix 🙂
I make hot chocolate in a similar way to that historical recipe by mixing cocoa powder with hot water then stirring in milk. 🙂
I would rather take the hot chocolate without the icecream, which makes it into luke warm chocolate … 😉 … at least in winter … 🙂
I found it stayed quite hot, but maybe I just ate it so fast 🙂
😀 😀 😀
Looking forward to reading more of it! And now you’ve made me crave a cup of chocolate. 🙂
A craving to give in to 🙂
Interesting combination. Looks tasty!
It is 🙂
I never thought to put ice cream in hot chocolate, but it sounds like a perfect concoction. I’ll have to try it!
I’m sure you won’t regret it!
Love this post! Hot chocolate with ice cream sounds amazing!
It’s just like it sounds 🙂
So cozy! I can smell it through the screen. I’m all about these little indulgences, whether it be in person or reading it in writing. I’ve never tried the ice cream part, but I imagine it would taste a little bit like an affogato with chocolate instead of coffee. Thank you for the inspiration!
I never thought to try ice cream in my hot chocolate! That sounds way better than marshmallows!
Yes, much better than marshmallows.
I am a Scotch-Irish American, but because I live in the Deep South (Alabama), hot chocolate is a special treat during our usually short winters.
It’s almost a year round treat here 😀