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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+00:00 April 25th, 2007|Bites from the Road, Food & Drinks|91 Comments

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Blogger Bonnie Tandy Leblang has been covering food since before it was hip to do so! She’s penned magazine, newspaper and syndicated food columns in addition to cookbooks. Follow her on twitter @BonnieBOTB and on Instagram@BiteoftheBest and at @BonnieBOTB "I eat for a living!” is her mantra, sharing what she’s sampled so you’ll know where (or where not) to go, plus what food products and gadgets to try. For her full bio go to the about us page.

91 Comments

  1. marla April 27, 2007 at 8:06 am

    What a wonderful piece of life, so beautifully written, I always knew you would find a way to use your greatest asset to it’s greatest potential. I experienced the joy of Angelina’s chocolate when I was in Paris, and this brought back a flood of sensual memories.
    Great Job! By the way, Eric & Bryan have an obviously inherited way with words, as well. Looking forward to future “Bites”.

  2. Huma Gruaz April 27, 2007 at 10:32 am

    Bonnie,

    I am thrilled that you launched this ingenious site with a write up on my favorite town. Your review brings back so many memories from Paris and makes me eager to go to Angelina’s. Love the picture and the write up from Bryan and Eric – what an amazing role model you have been to your sons! You are a whirling dervish and this site will be your new masterpiece!

  3. wemerson April 27, 2007 at 3:49 pm

    WOW! What a great website. I can’t wait for future
    products and stories!

  4. Marlene H. Gaston April 30, 2007 at 8:33 am

    Bonnie….you are so right….if you LOVE…chocolate…what a treat…I can hardly wait to try this.

    You and your sons….have hit on a winner with this site….can hardly wait to try your receipes and participate in the comments.

    I saw you this morning on KOLO TV RENO…talking with Dinita….I only got the last bit of your interview….but you caught my attention….LOVED the idea about taking time at work and making your desk an inviting place to take time to eat….We just don’t do that anymore….so sad that everything is ALWAYS…on the run! ! !

    Thank you for thinking up this wonderful site along with your sons….It cannot help, but be a wonderful contribution to all of us out there….LEARNING…TO TAKE A LITTLE TIME FOR OURSELVES… 🙂

    THANK YOU
    Marlene 🙂

  5. Jen Walsh September 26, 2007 at 11:56 am

    Thank you for recommending Angelina’s hot chocolate. I was in Paris earlier this month and made a trip to Angelina’s a priority after reading this bite. I can’t even begin to describe how divine and memorable this drink is, especially after a long day of sightseeing.

    Thank you!

  6. Bonnie Tandy Leblang November 9, 2007 at 2:12 pm

    Can any of you help Darlene who emailed me with this quandary??

    I did suggest to her that she contact Angelina’s directly…

    HELLO,
    I HAVE A CHOCOLATE AND ICE CREAM SHOP IN, I HAVE BEEN CARRYING ANGELINAS COCOA FOR AROUND 5 YEARS NOW AND MY DISTRIBUTOR IS NOT GOING TO WAREHOUSE THE PRODUCT I AM DESPERATELY IN SEARCH MY CUSTOMERS ADORE IT AND SO DO I , IT WILL NOT BE THE SAME WITHOUT IT
    PLEASE…..CAN YOU GIVE ME SOME HELP
    GOD BLESS YOU
    DARLENE

  7. j.B. Goodwin February 10, 2008 at 12:48 pm

    It was fantastic. I want to go on line and buy some. How do I find it and order it.

  8. Bonnie Tandy Leblang February 11, 2008 at 10:33 am

    J.B., I’ve yet to find it online. (If anyone knows where to buy Angelina’s on the web, please post that!) I’m guessing you might just need another trip to Paris to sip a cupful there.

  9. Christine April 2, 2008 at 12:55 pm

    Hello,
    Stumbled onto your site and just had to comment on the bliss that is Angelina’s hot chocolate (currently 6,90 in euros- about $10.75 a serving). The good thing is that you can definitely get a few cups worth from each serving. Savor it…

  10. Debbie April 15, 2008 at 10:31 pm

    A friend took us to Angelina’s toward the end of our stay in Paris three years ago. We berated her for not taking us sooner, as we had so little time to return–and we HAD to have another cup of hot chocolate. It is definitely like a melted chocolate bar, but even better (with the ambiance, after all, wouldn’t it be?). We have recommended it to friends, and now we are heading back over. We can hardly wait for a few more trips to Angelina’s. It’s definitely something special.

  11. Bonnie Tandy Leblang April 20, 2008 at 10:02 am

    I’ve suggested Angelina’s to every friend heading to Paris — the perfect respite after a long day at the Louvre. Expensive? An understatement. But savoring one cup of their melted-chocolate is worth every savoring sip.

  12. Rhona Brenner May 14, 2008 at 10:39 am

    How can I get the ingredients for the hot chocolate?

  13. Lizann June 26, 2008 at 10:26 am

    I’ve finally found it. I’ve been looking for so long!

    Here you go everyone!

    http://www.cafesocietystore.com/products/2114.html

  14. Laurie July 24, 2008 at 7:59 pm

    I love Angelina’s. First time I had their hot chocolate I was 15, and it was 1985. I always send people there for the hot chocolate when they are visiting Paris. And always a convert is born with the first sip! I have been lucky enough to be kept in stock of the Angelina’s Hot Chocolate, as in exchange for the experience, my grateful travellers always bring me back a few bags! If only I could purchase it online, I would never have to fear running out! Although it’s not the same as being there, it does help!

  15. Judy November 21, 2008 at 9:39 am

    Lizann, thanks for the website. I was just looking for the recipe today. My friend just emailed me from Angelina’s. She is in Paris for a week. I went to Angelina’s 2X during the week I was there (in Nov 07) I am not a chocoholic, but the hot chocolate blew me away!!

  16. Rhona Brenner November 21, 2008 at 11:41 am

    Where can I buy Angelina’s cocoa? Is there an online place to get it as Angelina’s website doesn’t have an order form.

  17. Bonnie Tandy Leblang November 21, 2008 at 11:49 am

    Rhona, if you scroll up Lizann (on June 26) offered a website where Angelina’s can be purchased. I’m verifying with Cafe Society (the company that she mentioned) that it is from Angelina’s. Stay tuned!

  18. Joan November 21, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    Hi Bonnie,

    It is true! I sell Angelina’s chocolate chaud on my Cafe Society webstore cafesocietystore.com.

    Additionally, I sell the most amazing French tea that is as fragrant as French perfume and as elegantly composed. It is called The des Ecrivans and comes in flavors dedicated to the authors of different countries of the world.

    Here is the url for the page with Angelina’s and The des Ecrivans:

    cafesocietystore.com/showroom_sale.html

    Your website is terrific and I wish you all the best!

    Joan

  19. Joan December 8, 2008 at 2:06 pm

    Angelina’s alert! I am almost sold out of Angelina’s chocolate chaud and will not be reordering. So sad but the Euro and shipping now make it too difficult to continue importing this amazing hot chocolate.

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  21. Joan December 13, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    Cafe Society is officially sold out of Angelina’s and unable to bring any more in to the US. Dommage! But I do still carry wonderful tea from France called The des Ecrivans which is to tea what Angelina’s is to hot chocolate: cafesocietystore.com

  22. Cynthia January 6, 2009 at 10:38 pm

    My family and I were in Paris over Christmas-time. Our first day there I had a bit of a cold. We had just finished walking through the louvre when my dad said, “Hey maybe we’ll check out that great hot chocolate place i hear about!” So off we went towards our hotel to the front doors of Angelina’s. At that excact moment I knew my life was gonna change. We waited about 5 minutes until we walked in what I call Heaven on Earth. We sat down at a table and read the menu. I ordered one hot chocolate and a croissant. 5 minutes later I poured my hot chocolate out of the pitcher and into the delicate gold-framed cup. It was just so delicious. Scrumptious! Almost like drinking a candy bar out of a cup. It was pure chocolate. Not like the chocolate water that we sell in America. I knew that I was addicted to Angelina’s hot chocolate from then on. It was just so good!!!!

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  24. Deanna Scholz July 2, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    I took my 11 year old daughter there on our way from from living is Switzerland for 6 months. It is the cup “cocoa” we think of most. Sometimes it is not just the luscious hot chocolate they served but the time we spent together sharing.

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  26. Marilyn Fehrenkamp August 21, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    The best hot chocolate I ever tasted in my life! Go every day if you can!

  27. JANIE SPILLER September 4, 2009 at 11:48 am

    My Daughters friend is from Paris and she recommended this outstanding JEWEL of a place. It is the BEST chocolate we had ever had. I am a sucker for white chocolate and no let downs there. We will return to PARIS AND “Angelina’s Hot Chocolate” hopefully soon…

  28. veronica October 4, 2009 at 10:57 am

    I have been to Angelina’s…a long time ago. Paris was my graduation gift. I loved Paris and will never forget my time there. But I still rave to people about my hot chocolate expereience at Angelina’s. I even kept my napkin from Angelina’s! One day, I will visit again.

  29. GG October 14, 2009 at 6:01 am

    I loved this place and I ‘ll be there as soon as possible.

  30. Grace Ellis November 9, 2009 at 10:52 am

    Where can I buy Angelinas Hot Chocolate to give as a gift for someone?

  31. Leslie November 26, 2009 at 11:49 am

    I first savored Angelina’s Chocolat Africain, as their insanely rich and equally delicious hot chocolate is called, about 9 years ago and the taste lingered in my memory for several years … my husband took me to Paris in September for a “big” birthday (I said I wanted to sip champagne at the Eiffel Tower on this significant milestone day); but just as important, I wanted to return to Angelina’s for a cup of chocolat Africain. It was just as wonderful this time around as well! It’s a sweet treat not to be missed if you’re in Paris.

  32. Myles December 1, 2009 at 11:38 pm

    I LOVED IT SO MUCH.I TELL ALL MY BUDDIES TO GO THERE!!!!

  33. Daniel December 1, 2009 at 11:39 pm

    it sucked. i hated it…NOT

  34. Francine Carbonneau December 23, 2009 at 8:33 am

    Hello—Would you please tell me how I might purchase some Angelina hot chocolate and mugs for a gift?? Thank you.
    Francine

  35. Bonnie Tandy Leblang December 23, 2009 at 9:58 am

    I wish we knew where you could buy Angelina’s hot chocolate as a gift — but unfortunately the only place I know of is at 226 rue de Rivoli, 1st Arrondissement, in Paris – at Angelina’s. So tickets to Paris would be the pricey gift — 😉

  36. tammy December 31, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    Is Angelina’s open on New years Day?

  37. Elizabeth January 4, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    Anyone who says Angelina’s chocolate sucked…..has never been there. It is without question…The most fantastic hot chocolate in the world. Anyone who goes to Paris….Don’t miss your chance. My husband and I loved it.

  38. Wynona January 6, 2010 at 8:59 am

    This is the best. They need to open a chain in the u.s.!

    http://www.dealpi.com

  39. Elise Jay January 15, 2010 at 11:47 am

    RIght at this moment the girls I au paired in Paris (’82-84) have texted me from ANGELINA’s where they are no discovering this wonderful Chocolate Africain.

    I am so with them in spirit and know that everything said above is So-So- TRUE!!

    May the experiences of travel live on — and ANGELINA’s always be there to share with future generations….

  40. RICK MIOLINI February 5, 2010 at 12:17 am

    ANGELINA LOVE I WANT YOU TO KNOW AND THAT IS YOU ARE MY VALENTINE AND THE BEST OF RICK DENVER SING OR TALK THE SONG AND THAT IS THIS SUNSHINE ON MY SHOULDERS AND IT IS FOR YOU ONLY THANK YOU

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  43. Cher February 24, 2010 at 5:46 am

    I will be going to Paris shortly. Whats the current price of the Hot chocolate?

  44. Bonnie Tandy Leblang February 24, 2010 at 6:34 am

    Whatever the price – it’s worth it!
    How about reporting back with the updated price when you return

  45. Phil Prohow March 2, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    I go to Paris often, & one of my first stops Is Angelina’s. I tell people about it often, & when i go back, I plan to take several friends who live In Paris, & have never visited there.I’ve been to many great choc. places in the world, but none equal Angelina’s. It’s #1 In the world for great hot chocolate!!

  46. Richard Gunn, Malaysia March 15, 2010 at 10:18 am

    I went to Angelina’s for the hot chocolate on a cold spring day and besides the sights, sounds and shopping, the drink captures the taste and part of the soul of Paris.
    The bitter sweet taste thickened with cream at your pleasure evokes fond memories and pleasure whenever you have a cup of hot chocolate anywhere else in the world.
    This moment of enjoyment can only be recommended from another who has had an Angelina’s hot chocolate.

  47. John Incampo April 1, 2010 at 12:13 am

    My wife and I were treated to a week in Paris by our children for our 30th Wedding Anniversary this past September. Our oldest daughter, knowing the chocolate addict I am, told my wife: Daddy has to go to Angelina’s even if he has to wait on line. It was one of our first stops in Paris, we went twice-both times beating the crowds. It was a fun experience and the Chocolat Africaine was definitely something to enjoy. Angelina’s will always be part of a wonderful trip whose memories will last a lifetime.

  48. claudiacarrion April 16, 2010 at 8:23 am

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  49. Cher April 16, 2010 at 8:34 am

    I got back from Paris 3 weeks ago and OMG the hot chocolate was to die for. We left going there till the end of the day. We all were tired and had to walk quite a bit to get to the shop. One sip and all the pains and tiredness disappeared like magic. Awesome hot chocolate. I would go back to Paris just for that….
    Oh and the price is now 4.2 Euro for a take away cup.

  50. CoreyTess June 11, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    OMG! My favorite place to chill out in Paris.. i love the hot chocolat and the decor.. the pastries are good too, but that hot chocolat, it is addictive!

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