When the colder weather comes I usually indulge myself in a nice steaming cup of hot chocolate. The first time I ordered one here in Genova I was sorely disappointed. You see, the Italians make hot chocolate like a dense melted chocolate bar. It’s not really a drink so much as it is a syrupy brown slop that you scoop out with a small spoon. I didn’t like it. It was not familiar to me and I wondered loudly how I could possibly add a shot of peppermint schnapps to it?
Since my first experience I have caved to my chocolate cravings again and decided to give this unique beverage another chance. After a cold walk on a brisk Fall afternoon, my friend Elora and I ventured into a bar and I experienced my second cup. This time I knew what to expect and in the end, with my tiny spoon in hand, I started to enjoy this hot little treat (I haven’t quite figured out how to incorporate my schnapps into it yet, but it’s a work in progress).
Fast forward to this Fall and after spending a sleepless night and two fun-filled hours at the Italian Questura (Immigration office), we set out to a cozy bar and I ordered myself a hot chocolate to console my cold and tired body. With my tiny spoon at the ready, low and behold, I was given an American hot chocolate! Now for future reference, I will surely make a note of this particular bar so that when I am craving a hit of American style hot chocolate with a hit of peppermint schnapps, I will know where to go. But in the meantime, where is that dense syrupy stuff I was craving?
I know what you are thinking…women! We are never satisfied! True enough : )