A few years ago in a little town called Ronda in Spain, we stumbled across the most amazing hot chocolate beverage imaginable, shown above. European hot chocolate is thick, rich melted dark chocolate without added sugars, powders, chemicals or preservatives. We had yet to find anything resembling this until a recent visit the MarieBelle chocolate store in New York’s SoHo area.
MarieBelle’s Aztec Hot Chocolate is to die for! This European style beverage is a thick blend of melted Venezuelan chocolate (70% cocoa), coca liquor, coca butter, sugar, milk, cornstarch, and soy lecithin. The store offers free tastings, 20 ounce tins, and single serving packages. There are a variety of unique flavors, as well as other exquisite chocolate creations in the store. For the ultimate chocolate experience visit MarieBelle at 484 Broome Street near West Broadway in New York.
Order the Aztec Hot Chocolate online here.
A single serving made at home “European Style” with 1/4 cup boiling water. Delicious!
Dark chocolate contains polyphenols, the same antioxidants found in green tea and red wine; stearic acid, a type of fat that does not raise cholesterol; and flavonoids, which reduce the stickiness of platelets, inhibiting blood clotting and reducing the danger of coronary artery blockages, according to Dr. Andrew Weil.
In a recent study, researchers at Athens Medical School in Greece discovered that eating dark chocolate improves endothelial function, the function of cells in blood vessel walls. Dr. Oz touts cocoa as being helpful in lowering blood pressure, fighting heart disease, repairing damaged skin, and boosting the feel-good chemicals endorphins and seratonin. Dr. Weil recommends chocolate containing over 70% cocoa and he loves the high-quality chocolate from Venezuela.