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Angelina’s Hot Chocolate

Bonnie: For years I’ve been sending friends heading to Paris to Angelina’s for hot chocolate. I’ve only gotten raves back.

Back up to 1992.

There I was in Paris, not with foodies, but with my 8- and 11-year-old sons. We had won the airfare for the trip. First class. But that’s a whole other story. We were economically squeezing in as much as we could afford, which wasn’t much, as I was a single parent freelance writer just getting by.

Paris with young boys is different than with a lover or, for that matter, any adult. We climbed almost every set of stairs in the city, hung out with the gargoyles atop Notre Dame and traversed the miles of subterranean catacomb tunnels lined with six million skeletons. Yes, a different Paris.

Optimistically, I kept a folded list in my pocket of Paris food experiences not to be missed from my friend Babs Chernetz (then food editor of the now defunct McCalls, currently at Redbook). Her list included hot chocolate at Angelina’s, a place not far from the Louvre, where we were headed to see the Mona Lisa and as much else as we could fit in before Eric became antsy. Knowing he never lasted more than an hour in museums, Angelina’s was ready as plan B.

Thirty-five minutes later we were on our way through the Tuileries to Angelina’s. Perfection, I thought, as they seated us in the front room near a window at a white-tablecloth covered table, something reminiscent—only to baby boomers—of Eloise at the Plaza.

I convinced the boys we’d all share one hot chocolate (priced at $8 at today’s prices) and they could each have their own bowl of gelato – something that costs less. The hot chocolate was worth every penny. We lingered all afternoon with the guys dutifully writing in their journals (the result of the deal I made with their forward-thinking principal, Ed Mackniak, who—when asked if I could take them out of school for the trip—replied, “They’ll learn more from the two weeks in Europe than they would in any classroom.”)

The first sip of that rich hot chocolate is still with me. After all, could you forget drinking a melted European candy bar? Neither could I.

Bryan: My life has been filled with great travel and great food (this one I have to thank Bonnie for – as only a mother can drag a young son to a confectionary outside the Louvre). Few experiences stand out as boldly as Angelina’s… It was my first time in Paris (I was only 11) – I can still sense the aroma of that rich, warm flowing cocoa and the recollection of that chocolate continues to elicit fond memories of an awakening to a greater food culture and the simple and amazing things in life one finds when traveling.

Eric: With great travel will always come great food discoveries. Have you ever thought about melting a chocolate bar into a glass, waiting for it to become the perfect temperature, and drinking it, savoring each sip as though it were an ice-cold drink on a scorching hot day? That to me is the definition of Angelina’s Hot Chocolate. It is the epitome of a chocoholic’s euphoria, and is a taste that would even have Willy Wonka asking for seconds.

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By |2017-08-25T13:47:09+00:00April 25th, 2007|Bites from the Road, Food & Drinks|91 Comments

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91 Comments

  1. Phil Prohow July 2, 2010 at 11:36 am

    It’s been a month since my last trip to paris, & I hope to go back In 5 or 6 weeks. But since there’s no hot choc.In Fla. to compare with Angelinia’s, I brought some bottles back home from there.Angelina’s now sells glass bottles of choc.weighing 15.4 oz. . Just be careful In packing the bottles,to put in your luggage. I had a small case just for choc. I’m taking my time In drinking It to last until I can get back to Paris. It costs a lot, but as anyone who has ever tasted it knows, It’s worth it.Here’s to Angelina’s. May they be In business for many more years to come!!!

  2. Rana Farhat July 31, 2010 at 7:53 am

    Les Directeurs du cafe ( Angelina’s Hot Chocolate) nous avons lu de votre cafe dans l’internet , il nous a beaucoup plu,et nous aimerons bien ouvrir une branche chez nous a kuwait en cooperant avec vous . nou esperons recevoir votre reponse , avec tous nos respects .

  3. Gail Conlin October 8, 2010 at 9:31 am

    When I was in Paris a few weeks ago, we went to Angelina’s everyday for hot chocolate. It is incredible!!! I bought 2 packages of the Angelina’s hot chocolate grounded milk chocolate and it is almost gone. Is there a way I can buy it from you and have it sent to the states?

  4. Peggy October 15, 2010 at 8:41 am

    Do you know how I can buy Angelina’s granulated milk chocolate mix from Angelina’s restaurant in Paris?

    Thanking you in advance for your help.

    Peggy

  5. Bonnie from BiteoftheBest.com October 15, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    Gail and Peggy, we wish we did know of some place where you can purchase this wonderful hot chocolate! If we ever find a reliable source, you can be sure we’ll post it here for everyone.

  6. Keith Wollenberg January 5, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    Good News! I finally found a source in the US for Angelina Rumpelmayer’s chocolate. The French Cellar in Los Gatos, CA. http://www.thefrenchcellar.com

    They are not cheap, but they have to bring it from France themselves. I have no affiliation with the store, although I know the owners from the wine business in San Francisco. Very nice people!

    ———————–

    Angelina Rumpelmayer Chocolat en Tasse

    Named after his beloved daughter-in-law, Antoine Rumpelayer opened the doors to his first salon de thè on the Rue de Rivoli in 1903. By conceiving a special drink for children, as the judicious French never believed tea was suitable for them, he began a tradition and elevated it to an art form, with the ritual of pudding-thick bittersweet chocolate with rosettes of whipped cream, served in white china cups. This powdered sachet of Chocolat L’Africain is offered in only one size:

    Small 14 oz/400 grams $45

  7. mp January 5, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    Keith you MUS be from The French Cellar… as I just went to their site — and don’t see Angelinas anywhere!!

  8. […] spent the night. Something special? Fight the lines and order a super-rich cup of hot cocoa at Angelina’s on Rue de Rivoli, equidistant between the hotel and the Louvre. Take Paris in over dinner at the […]

  9. Samantha February 8, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    I went to Paris on a trip over christmas vacation knowing that I was going to go to Angelina’s for their famous African hot chocolate and macaroon… it definetely lives up to its name!! I think it is the best hot chocolat I have ever tasted. What a great treat after walking through the Louvre and shopping!

  10. Frank February 23, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    I took my A#1 daughter. It was her senior year in High School. As all dads know, things change with daughters once they leave the house. This was our celebration. Part of our Paris experience was Angelina’s.
    Unbelievable. I’m so thankful for that wonderful memory.

  11. […] the chocolate to the milky-ness that you specify– it is insane. I quote the adult child of a travel writer who first visited Angelina’s when he was eight: “It is the epitome of a chocoholic’s […]

  12. Kimberly Johnson March 15, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    My sister and I just got back from Paris and we discovered the Angelina Cafe by accident. The travel agency we were with was on the Rue de Rivoli and one of our tours was running late so we went to Angelina’s to get a cappuccino and a snack while waiting. It was the best travel experience ever. We have been all over Europe and nothing compared to the Croque Monsieur sandwich and Angelina Hot Choclate that we got there. I bought a bottle of the hot choclate at the Laffayette Shopping Center and have been telling everyone about it ever since I got home.

  13. […] also quite excited to again visit my favorite hot chocolate shop in literally the entire world: Angelina’s in Paris.  It’s like drinking a Hershey’s bar….but […]

  14. Tommy September 15, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    I’ve had Angelina’s, and I will never be able to have a cup of hot chocolate anywhere else!

  15. diane October 4, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    wonderful and well worth the trip and $$. been going there several years. unbelieveable hot choolate with fresh whipping cream on top. a real treat
    worth the trip to paris

  16. Rachel November 12, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    On Angelina Paris website (http://www.angelina-paris.fr/) it says you will be able to order online “soon”, however, for now you can buy it online at the Château Versailles boutique (http://www.store-chateauversailles.com/) under Kitchen and tablewear. It will cost you about $38 to get it to the US though.

  17. Alejandra February 9, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    I went to Paris with my 13 year old daughter to celebrate my 40th birthday. We stayed at the Westin hotel which is less than a block away from Angelina. Needless to say we had hot chocolate and a croissant for breakfast everyday. We absolutely adore the place. It is really a must when visiting Paris. Luckily we walked for hours everyday so a nice cup of hot chocolate was all the fuel we needed. We will always remember that trip and Angelina will always be a part of such fond memories.

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  19. Kristi Tarabolous November 28, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    We recently returned from Paris with our 2 sons and daughter-in-law and made a stop at Angelina’s. What a treat! Our daughter-in-law described it perfectly, as have so many others, the hot chocolate is like drinking a chocolate candy bar. I myself am not a chocolate lover but I have to say Angelia’s was exquisit. Our three children returned to the states, my husband and I continued our Paris stay. We took in Versailles and made it a must to have hot chocolate at Angelia’s at the Chateau as well. Angelina’s was definitely a highlight for all of us from our Paris trip.

  20. Anita December 10, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    We tried Angelina’s inside Louvre, on our way to Napoleon III apartments. Great view from the cafe too.

  21. Bonnie December 11, 2012 at 9:50 am

    Didn’t know that there was an Angelina’s INSIDE the Louvre… Do you know when that opened? Is it a full restaurant or just a coffee – I mean chocolate shop?

  22. Anita December 11, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    A restaurant with pretty modern look. Not sure when it opened though. You can see the pic here
    http://www.angelina-paris.fr/#/AdressesMuseeduLouvre/

  23. mfcarbon December 13, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    Is there a web site to purchase their products yet???

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  25. margaret February 27, 2013 at 9:57 am

    Ah, Angelina’s in Paris….the hot chocolate was so luxurious that I begged any one who was visiting Paris to have pity on me and asked them to bring back some chocolate en tasse…..I ration it out at home and imagine my self back at Angelina’s…..ah luxury

  26. Bonnie from BiteoftheBest.com February 27, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Wouldn’t you think by now — some smart person would make a deal with the owners of Angelina’s and sell a hot chocolate mix? Wishful thinking!

  27. Kimberly Johnson February 28, 2013 at 11:39 am

    This message is in reply to Bonnie from BiteoftheBest.com– Angelina’s is actually sold in stores in Paris. You can get the hot chocolate in either powder form in a can or packets or you can get it in liquid form in a bottle. I am pretty sure you can buy it from Amazon.com as well.

  28. Bonnie from BiteoftheBest.com February 28, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    Kimberly,
    Thanks for your comment.
    We know (as others on this conversation have mentioned) that Angelina’s is sold in stores in Paris. But I have looked — and keep looking — on Amazon and sadly it is not sold there. Guess we need a trip to Paris (or have a friend who is going) to get our fix of hot chocolate!

  29. Kimberly Johnson March 1, 2013 at 7:55 am

    Bonnie,
    Have you tried Monoprix? That is the wholesale food store in Paris where my sister and I found the Angelina products. They have a store website you can order from.

  30. Bonnie from BiteoftheBest.com March 1, 2013 at 8:15 am

    Thanks for that suggestion. I checked and believe that Monoprix does not offer it online!
    So many people would like it – might be wise for someone to offer it!

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  32. Sean June 18, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    If anyone is still looking I found it available here:

    http://www.edelices.co.uk/teas-coffees/chocolate-angelina/old-style-hot-chocolate-powder-angelina.html

    They have a few items from Aneglina’s there including both the powder and liquid hot chocolate. Hope it helps!

  33. Bonnie from BiteoftheBest.com June 18, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    thanks for sharing

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  35. Judy September 4, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    I just happened to be reading about Angelina’s Hot Chocolate and stumbled across your page. I realize it is several years old, BUT I live in NYC, and Angelina’s Hot Chocolate is carried at Bergdorf Goodman. It is sold on the 7th floor in the candy/gift section.
    It is not online, you will have to call the store. The price is over the top CRAZY, $45, but buy it and save it for a special treat. The shipping is free.
    If u need any more info., feel free to email me.
    I had a gift card to the store, so I splurged and purchased 2 cans.
    I hope u receive this, as your ” thread is so old.”

  36. Bonnie from BiteoftheBest.com September 4, 2015 at 8:16 pm

    Judy,

    Thanks so much for sharing… You are right our thread IS old, it’s been going on since 2007… but each person is passionate about Angelina’s!

  37. Bonnie from BiteoftheBest.com September 4, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    Thanks for sharing!

  38. Judy September 4, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    It’s my pleasure. I am a fanatic about my hot chocolate, especially since I do not drink coffee or tea. If I can impose another favorite of mine, although I don’t wish to undermine the purpose of your thread here….
    SPRUNGLI CHOCOLAT CHAUD. This is from Zurich. When I go there, I bring home, seriously, 8-10 packages. I’m always afraid the airline will think I’m up to something!!
    However with SPRUNGLI, you may order online.
    My ” formula” is 2T Sprungli and 1T Angelina’s. EVERY MORNING.

  39. JohnI September 4, 2015 at 10:07 pm

    Thank you Judy. Wonderful to get these comments occasionally about Angelina’s.

  40. Marilyn Fehrenkamp September 5, 2015 at 1:39 am

    I was able to order Angelina’s Hot Chocolate online a few minutes ago! http://www.bergdorfgoodman.com/Angelina-Hot-Chocolate-Powder-Angelina/prod110530099_cat474700__/p.prod?icid=&searchType=EndecaDrivenCat&rte=%252Fcategory.jsp%253FitemId%253Dcat474700%2526pageSize%253D30%2526No%253D0%2526refinements%253D&eItemId=prod110530099&cmCat=product
    United States, free shipping, $44 + tax
    You can also order directly from Angelina’s website, 18.5 Euros, but I had trouble with the website and didn’t want to set up an account, but they may not ship to the U.S.http://www.angelina-paris.fr/en/hot-chocolate/9-lait-au-chocolat.html

  41. Bonnie from BiteoftheBest.com September 5, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    Ditto to JohnI comment — to me nothing could match the thick drink at Angelina’s, it’s almost like drinking a melted chocolate bar!

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