Historical Hot Chocolate and 75 Words

Historical Hot Chocolate... not quite.

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:

Openeing of FIREFLIES AND CHOCOLATE by Ailish Sinclair
The Mermaid and the Bear cover

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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Fireflies and Chocolate teaser

27 Replies to “Historical Hot Chocolate and 75 Words”

  1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

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