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mariebelle hot chocolate



i received this gorgeous little lunch box of mariebelle hot chocolate for my birthday a couple of months ago. mariebelle is a lovely chocolate shop in soho in new york city, and one of their specialties is this, their aztecan style hot chocolate. it is made with pure belgian cocoa, refined sugar, corn starch (as is tradition with aztecan style), and a variety of spices. it is a dark, rich cocoa drink, thick and full-bodied, earthy, not sweet at all. my particular favourite is the aztec spicy, which contains cayenne pepper for an interesting kick, which can be further enhanced (as suggested by mariebelle herself) with a shot of tequila. some nightcap.


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I like nothing better than a hot cocoa before offering the still beating heart of a holy sacrifice to Huitzilopochtli.

offering=eating, yes? according to my ever trusty encyclopedia brittanica, the aztecs used to make a potion of peanuts, chocolate, hot peppers and other spices--the ingredients list on the back of the mariebelle box!--then mix it in with the heart and eat it.

sacrifice shooters, anyone?

great posting and excellent blog. i agree mariebelle hot chocolate is delectable stuff. you can make chocolate pudding with the cocoa--just increase the proportion of cocoa to water/milk which you gently heat in a pan. let it cool and it will thicken into a wonderfully decadent and dense pudding. you can chill it but i can never wait before greedily dipping my spoon in!

mariebelle products can also be purchased at lunettes et chocolat in nolita, a charming shop that sells eyeglasses and chocolates.

great posting and excellent blog. i agree mariebelle hot chocolate is delectable stuff. you can make chocolate pudding with the cocoa--just increase the proportion of cocoa to water/milk which you gently heat in a pan. let it cool and it will thicken into a wonderfully decadent and dense pudding. you can chill it but i can never wait before greedily dipping my spoon in!

mariebelle products can also be purchased at lunettes et chocolat in nolita, a charming shop that sells eyeglasses and chocolates.

Hey that human heart and hot chocolate recipe was Martha Stewarts'.

Speaking of encyclopedias, have you been to the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica? Found it via BARISTA

hello again and what a perfect sounding nightcap! I have to say that's a cool red jezveh/surj/armenian coffee maker you have!

hey anon1

so nice you had to say it twice ;-)

never been able to get it to pudding stage, always too tempting when it's hot. i make the cocoa with water, not milk. i think that's what aztec martha would have done.

hey anon2

you sound like a (the?) man of action. barista, great site, now i'll really never get off the web.

hiya maia :-)

i love my little armenian coffee thingy. my friend judith gave me a beautiful sage green one long, long ago, i've been smitten with them ever since. she used to find them all over nyc, but they've become scarce these days. also, the one she gave me is mondo large, which i cannot find at all. you wouldn't happen to have a source, my californian-asian-
armenian cuisine maven?

A man of action does not shout his name from the rooftops, but stamps it on the ground.

hm. i think there's too many anthonys on your site, not mine. i'm awash with anons, some with strange agendas. what's yours?

| stamps it on the ground.


anon, thy name is "drains to ocean"? or perhaps "left turn only"?

"ecnalab wen"

My anonymous agenda is that for some reason blogger just puts me on anonymous as a default now and then. Yes lots of Anthony's over at mine, and tokyo goat is an Andrew which is my default name for people who can't remember my name.

hello--lucky you, a sage and a red one! I wish I knew of a source--been looking for something more like yours and not the typical ornate ones in the shops... I've seen a copper one at surlatable; ours is an old stainless steel hand-me-down... So you've set me on a mission now... :)

andrew?!

hey maia

i always see the copper ones, too, the enamel ones are impossible to find now. oh if i only knew that in college--when i would visit my friends, i would see dozens of them in every colour combination in the eastern european markets in morningside heights. i haven't been back there since then, but i wonder if the markets are even there, still. i'm pretty sure the green one was made in hungary or poland, and my red one is from dubrovnik.

i check online periodically, and i was disheartened to see that there are eastern european companies looking to china to source out stainless steel ones. there is a huge armenian population in los angeles, i think next time i'll wander through the markets. if i find any, i'll let you know!

wow, you sure are in-the-know so please keep me posted! our hungarian neighbors also happen to have a fabulous jezveh collection from their travels in the 60s-70s... I saw an enamel butter warmer from crate&barrel outlet and thought, hmm, close but no cigar... :)

butter warmer?! that's a lot of butter that needs warming.

I'm from the Philippines. I found your blog thru google when I was looking for totoro pictures and saw your totoro cup cakes (Super cute! BTW). I have been experimenting with hot cocoa (with tablea) and bailey's. But I love the hot cocoa (+cayenne) and tequila idea! 2 extra kicks!